In 1998 only 33 percent of faculty members in higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide were holders of master’s and doctorate degrees. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) faculty development program increased the number to 50 percent in 2015. However, in spite of this increase the Philippines remains behind in ASEAN neighbors Vietnam with 60% and Malaysia with 69%. Timely in this coming 5-year K-12 transition period (2016-2021) CHED has designed for implementation a graduate education scholarship program for faculty and staff in higher education. The nominees of this program may undertake graduate degrees if they do not hold master’s or doctoral degrees, if the degree they hold is not aligned with their teaching discipline, or if they seek to pursue a second degree in an emerging discipline that can contribute to regional and national development. Scholarship grants under this program are Full Scholarship for Doctoral Degree; Full Scholarship for Master’s degree; Thesis or Dissertation Grant; Scholarship for Foreign Master’s or Doctoral Degree; and Other Grants, such as, Professional Advancement (Short-Term Programs) and Post-Doctoral Fellowships locally or abroad. The sending HEIs (SHEIs) may nominate their faculty or qualified non-teaching staff for the scholarship, provided that the nominee is a Filipino citizen of not more than 52 years old (master’s degree) or not more than 50 years old (doctoral degree), or not more than 60 years old for Dissertation Grants, Professional Advancement Grants, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships; will pursue graduate studies in a CHED-recognized Delivering HEIs (DHEIs); is in good health and of good moral character; demonstrates strong academic record; has no pending criminal charges, and must not have been convicted for violation of any Philippine Law; and will fulfill all the terms and condition of the scholarship program including reentry plan and return service obligation to SHEIs.
The scholar awardees shall receive a scholarship package consisting of tuition and other fees; book allowance (Php10,000/academic year); monthly stipend (Php20,000/month or Php28,000/month for Master’s or Doctorate scholars respectively); transportation assistance for those studying outside their province (Php10,000/academic year): thesis or dissertation allowance (Php50,000 or Php100,000 respectively); and group insurance (Php500/year). The CHED shall set the scholarship amount annually, benchmarking with other scholarship granting bodies and adjusting for inflation. In addition to above mentioned package of incentives and privileges, faculty scholars shall also be entitled to other incentives and grants, such as, Early Completion Incentive Grant, Dissemination Grant, and Research Grant.
Faculty who intend to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in areas of specialization deemed important to national and local development and whose expertise not available in the country may avail of scholarship in selected graduate education institutions abroad. Faculty who already hold master’s and doctoral degrees may further their specialization through Professional Advancement (Short-Term Programs). Faculty who already hold a doctoral degree may avail a Post-Doctoral Fellowships grants to begin post-doctoral studies, or to continue ongoing post-doctoral studies, locally or abroad, to generate new knowledge in their field of teaching. In the partial list of DHEIs there are 88 HEIs across the country to deliver at least 1,459 graduate programs. In Western Visayas Region, the approved DHEIs are Filamer Christian University (Roxas City), West Visayas State University (Iloilo City) and UP-Visayas (Iloilo City). In Negros Island Region (NIR) the approved DHEIs are University of St. La Salle (Bacolod City), University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (Bacolod City), Silliman University (Dumaguete City) and St. Paul University-Dumaguete (Dumaguete City). There are 1,000 more HEIs under evaluation. The result will be released soon in two more phases.