SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants | SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants

Applications to the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants 2017 – 2018 is now open. Each grant is for a total amount of US$5,000 and is open to outstanding Southeast Asian academics championing inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development, which is the priority thrust of SEARCA for its current Five-Year Plan.

The following are the guidelines of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant:

The awardee must meet the following criteria:

a. Must be a Southeast Asian national, with tenure position and holding an academic rank of not lower than Assistant Professor.
b. Must have a PhD in fields related to the advancement of agricultural science and technology and development of rural households/communities (see Table 1 for Fields of Studies).
c. Must have proven track record and excellence in academic and/or research in his/her chosen field of specialization within the broad priority thrusts of SEARCA.
d. Must have not been a recipient of a SEARCA Professorial Chair award in the past five (5)
e. Must have the official endorsement of the Chief Executive/Head of his/her institution not only on the applicant’s academic qualification but also on his/her good moral character.

The following are the Terms of Reference of the grantee:

a. Teach at least one graduate course in his/her area of specialization at the university during the year of award.
b. Deliver at least one public lecture on the subject of his/her research (which should be aligned with SEARCA thrusts) during the period of award at his/her university.
c. Submit a hard and a soft copy of his/her public lecture to SEARCA upon culmination of his/her professorial chair grant.
d. Submit a manuscript of his/her paper for possible publication by SEARCA.

Information to be submitted by Applicant/Nominee:

a. Curriculum vitae of the recommended/endorsed faculty members and a summary of the information as requested.
b. A summary/outline of proposed lecture of the faculty member-applicant of not more than three pages highlighting the expected results of the research study and describing its relevance in terms of regional development issues and as they relate to SEARCA’s thrusts.

Please submit your application to School of Graduate Studies by 26 February 2018.

Possible Fields of Studies/Expertise









  • Animal Science
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Protection
  • Plant Breeding
  • Soil Science
  • Biology as applied to agriculture
  • Physics like agricultural physics/environmental
  • physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Statistics as applied to agricultural
  • modelling/analysis
  • GIS/Geographic positioning system
  • Other relevant fields

 Rural Development





  • Human nutrition and food
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Community and resource planning
  • Human and family development studies
  • Social development services
  • Agricultural credit and cooperatives
  • Agrarian reforms
  • Strategic Planning and policy studies
  • Other relevant fields

 Development Communication/ Extension



  • Agricultural extension
  • Participatory communication approaches
  • Field testing and evaluation of new communication technologies for rural and agricultural development
  • Extension communication approaches
  • Science and technology information flows
  • Other relevant fields

 Economics and Other Social Sciences





  • Agricultural economics
  • Agricultural policy analysis/agricultural policy and
  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Agricultural marketing and prices
  • Agribusiness
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Other relevant fields
 Forestry and Environmental/Natural
 Resources Management and Other
 Related Fields

For any inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Saiful Azlin Maskan
Assistant Registrar
International Relation and Mobility Section
School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor DE, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-89462407

Updated:: 03/01/2018 [azimin]


Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan