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

The University Consortium (UC) Young Researcher Grant provides start-up funding for junior researchers to pursue a project that is relevant to the UC's strategic priorities:

  • Sustainable management of natural resource systems
  • Food and agriculture policy
  • Biotechnology in agriculture
  • Food and health
  • Information and communication technology, bioinformatics, and data management in agriculture

Who may apply for the Grant

  • Any interested graduate faculty member from any of the following participating members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium may apply for the UC Young Researcher Grant:
    • Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
    • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
    • Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
    • Kasetsart University, Thailand
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
    • Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
    • Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    • Visayas State University, Leyte, Philippines
    • Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
    • Central Mindanao University, Philippines
    • Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
    • National Taiwan University, Taiwan
    • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Not more than 40 years of age at the time of application and with a minimum of five (5) years experience in service;
  • Holder of a PhD degree in agriculture or related fields;
  • Must have been a Principal Investigator (PI) of at least one (1) international research grant; and
  • Is not an ongoing recipient of any grants from the UC.

Conditions of the Grant

  • The maximum amount for the start-up fund is USD 5,000.
  • The study must have collaborators/proponents from at least 2 UC member university.
  • A publication in a Scopus-indexed journal based on the study is a required output of the grant.
  • The awardee must acknowledge the support of the University Consortium in the research and any publications arising from it. He/She must submit to the UC Secretariat a copy of the terminal report of the study.
  • The study preferably should be completed in a year.

Application requirements

The following should be submitted to the UC Secretariat at

  • Letter of Application endorsed by the UC Coordinator of the UC member university where the faculty is connected.
  • Endorsement letter from the Dean of the applicant's Faculty/College.
  • Duly accomplished UC Young Researcher Grant Form endorsed by the UC Coordinator.
  • A copy of the research proposal with rationale, objective, expected output/outcome, line-item budget, and schedule of activities, endorsed by the UC Coordinator.
  • Certification of financial support for the study from other sources, if any.
  • Updated curriculum vitae of the applicant and the collaborators

Conditions of the Grant Release

Forty percent (40%) of the grant shall be released to the faculty upon approval of the research proposal, another 40% will be released upon submission of the progress report and liquidation report for the first release, while the remaining 20% shall be released upon submission of the final report.

Application and Awarding Procedure

  • Once the complete requirements are submitted to the UC Coordinator, he or she will endorse the application to SEARCA, as UC Secretariat, for the approval of the SEARCA Director.
  • Once the application has been approved, SEARCA will issue an award letter for signature of the grantee.
  • The funds will be processed by SEARCA upon receipt of the signed award letter.
  • The grantee will be notified of the bank transfer and a copy of the transfer slip will be provided to him / her.

Click here to download the Application Form

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