US awards science grants to Pinoy scholars
This is a press release from the US Embassy:
MANILA, Philippines – The United States Government, through the US Embassy in Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has awarded 16 scholarships and 14 research grants in science, technology and innovation to support the Philippine Government’s push for innovation-led inclusive growth.
The grants and scholarships are implemented through USAID’s Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program which works to stimulate inclusive economic growth by boosting science and technology research.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg personally acknowledged the individual scholars and the head scientists of the research projects to be funded. These scholarships and grant awards represent 18 universities all over the country.
The STRIDE Program is funding 14 research grants (P4.5 million or $99,790* each) to Philippine universities to undertake collaborative research for a year in priority fields of study of electronics, chemicals, alternative energy, translational medicine, agribusiness, ICT and mobile computing, and with cross-cutting themes of manufacturing and new product development.
The research projects will be done either in partnership with a US university or a local industry. The universities who received the grants include University of the Philippines Diliman, UP Los Baños, De La Salle University, Benguet State University, Xavier University, Ateneo de Davao University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.
The scholars will begin their 2-year Professional Science Master’s (PSM) courses in various US universities in August. PSM combines core science and technology curriculum with professional training in business and management to prepare students for careers not only in academia but also in businesses and industry.
Aside from PSM, one of the awardees will receive a post-doctoral research scholarship, intended to benefit active faculty members of Philippine universities.
This is the second year that the STRIDE Program has awarded scholarships and grants. Five research grants are in progress and 9 PSM and PhD scholars are currently in the US completing their studies and research. One scholar has completed her master’s degree. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P45.10