UPDATE: The application for CHED SIKAP Grant has been reopened.
CHED offers financial assistance to teachers through their Scholarships for Instructors’ Knowledge Advancement Program (SIKAP) grant.
This provides opportunities for teachers or Higher Education Institution (HEI) teaching personnel, and former HEI teacher personnel to pursue advanced studies in identified universities and colleges in the Philippines.
CHED SIKAP Grant overview
The SIKAP grant is implemented in two (2) models:
- Delivering HEI (DHEI) model
- Individual model
The DHEI model is for graduate programs offered by schools with signed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with CHED.
Graduate programs offered by schools that are recognized by the Commission, and have demonstrated a good track record.
Once you’ve decided which implementing model works best for you, here are the things you should do next:
- Check the eligibility criteria
- Prepare application documents
- Submit the forms online
- Submit the complete scholarship package to the Delivering HEI (DHEI model) or the CHED Regional Office (individual model).
CHED SIKAP scholarship types
There are two (2) scholarship types:
- Full-time – scholars are required to study full-time with a full academic load per term.
- Part-time – scholars may teach a maximum of 12 units or 20 hours of work per week with a part-time academic load.
You may choose to enroll in an autonomous or deregulated private university or a state university with Level III status.
Financial privileges and incentives
SIKAP scholars will have the following benefits and allowances:
- Free tuition and other school fees
- Monthly living allowance
- Transportation allowance for scholars enrolled outside their province
- Yearly book allowance
- Thesis/dissertation allowance
Subject to the availability of funds, scholars also may avail of the following additional support:
- Research support grant
- Publication Grant
- Publication Incentive
- Mentor’s fee and incentive (DHEI model)
- Early completion incentive
On top of all that is the availability of access to online journals (subject to availability).
- Filipino citizen.
- Employed as a Teaching Personnel in an HEI, or have been employed as a Teaching Personnel within the last twelve (12) months with no admin or management position.
- Full-time scholars are required to submit proof from the employer that they are releasing them from all teaching or admin duties.
- Must be pursuing a program vertically aligned to the scholar’s teaching discipline.
- Must not hold a degree as the degree level being pursued (i.e., the doctorate must not already possess a doctorate).
- Not more than 52 years old for a Master’s degree program.
- Not more than 50 years old for the Doctorate program.
- No other government-funded scholarship.
To be accomplished through the online portal:
- Application Form
- Curriculum Vitae
To be uploaded using the CHED template:
- Certificate of Employment
- Certificate of Eligibility and Undertaking
- Recommendation Forms (Former Professor, Peer, and Immediate Supervisor)
- Medical Certificate
- Re-entry Action Plan
Other requirements for uploading:
- Birth Certificate or Passport (Proof of Citizenship)
- Proof of Admission to the DHEI or Eligible HEI
- Transcript of Records (for every undergraduate, professional, and graduate/post-graduate degree attained)
- Release Form (for full-time study)
- Any Government-issued ID
Other information required
- Work experience
- Academic Paper Presentations
- Research Conducted
- Social Work and/or Community Extension Activities
- Training Programs Attended
- License/s or Certifications
- Check the eligibility criteria.
- Get your application number.
- Upload scanned copies of the required documents through the same application portal.
- Submit the complete scholarship package:
- For DHEI Model submit it to your Delivering Higher Education Institution
- For Individual Model submit them to your CHED Regional Office
Qualifying and Selection Process
- Applicants must submit their documentary requirements to the CHED Regional Office or the University based on the implementation model.
- CHED evaluates and approves the final list of successful applicants.
- Successful applicants must communicate their acceptance of the grant and confirm their enrollment in the approved graduate program through written acknowledgment to the CHED Regional Office and the University, if applicable.
For the complete eligibility requirements and application process, refer to CHED Memorandum Order 6, s. 2020 and its implementing guidelines.