Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC)

The University Consortium (UC) Student Travel Grants provide limited funds to allow a UC graduate student to travel to another participating UC member university. The grant may be in either of the following categories:

  1. UC Student Travel Grant for Research – to enable a UC graduate student to conduct research in another participating UC member;
  2. UC Student Travel Grant for Conference – to enable a UC graduate student to present a paper, either oral or poster, in a conference/seminar organized by another UC member;
  3. UC Student Travel Grant for Credit – to enable a UC graduate student to spend one semester in another UC member to take courses for credit back to his/her program in the home university; and
  4. UC Student Travel Grant for Training/Workshop/Short Course – to enable a UC graduate student to participate in a training/workshop/short course organized by another UC member.

Who may apply for the Student Travel Grants

Any interested graduate student from any of the following participating members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources may apply for the UC Student Travel Grants:

  • Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
  • Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia

Conditions of the Grant

  • Financial support includes the cost of a round-trip economy class airplane ticket via the most direct route between the home university and the host university, and subsistence cost for the duration of the travel. In the case of Travel Grants for Research and Credit, the subsistence cost is limited to a maximum duration of one semester or five months. The grant does not include funds for research.
  • The grantee shall notify the UC Secretariat (SEARCA) in writing of the date of arrival at the host university and the date of return at the home university. He/she is also obliged to submit to the UC Secretariat a full report of his/her program activities at the host university, with a duly certified grade report for each of the courses cross-enrolled, if any, and immediately return to his/her home university upon completion of the engagement period stated in the award letter.

Application requirements

The following should be submitted to the UC Coordinator of his/her home university:

  • Duly accomplished UC Student Travel Grant Application Form; and
  • For Travel Grant for Research: a research/thesis outline approved by the Advisory Committee and Dean of the Graduate School, with details on fund sources, proposed activities at the host university, and laboratory facilities and equipment at the host university needed to conduct the research project;
  • For Travel Grant for Conference: abstract of paper for presentation, proof of acceptance from conference organizer, conference program, and certification of financial support from other sources, if any;
  • For Travel Grant for Credit: list of courses for cross-enrollment with the course name/title and number of units, as approved by the Advisory Committee and Dean of the Graduate School, admission for cross-registration at the host university, results of TOEFL or IELTS test taken within the last two years;
  • For Travel Grant for Training/Workshop/Short Course: copy of the program for the training/workshop/short course, proof of acceptance to the event, and request letter endorsed by adviser and indicating reason why participation in the event is useful to the student's program of study.

Conditions and requirements for disbursement of grant

  • The fund for the plane ticket will be released to the graduate student via bank transfer or reimbursement basis upon submission of valid receipts as proof of purchase.
  • The subsistence cost may be released in full or in two to three tranches depending on the duration of travel.

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  • UC Secretariat
  • Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
  • College, Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines
  • Email: mcnc@searca.org, geidd@searca.org
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    • Manila Line: (+63-2) 657-1300 to 1302
    • Laguna Line: (+63-49) 536-2290 local 2200 to 2203
  • Fax: (63-49) 536-7164