Engineering Research And Development For Technology (ERDT) Graduate Studies Program | Philippine Scholarship

Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Graduate Studies Program

The National S&T Human Resource Development through the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) recognizes the Philippines need for specialized engineers to take part in forming solutions from disaster mitigation to poverty alleviation, from agriculture to semiconductor industries, through the Nation S&T R&D to ensure a sustainable environment and affordable energy for the future and also, to produce low cost indigenous technologies.


To achieve critical mass of RSEs to about 1000 MS and PhD degree holders in the next five years (2020), local scholarships are awarded to deserving Filipino engineering graduates and practitioners in order to improve the quality of engineering profession.


The ERDT is created to deliver high impact researches aligned with the country’s National Science and Technology Plan (NSTP) and the Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP), to attain a critical mass of MS and PhD graduates, to upgrade the qualifications of practicing engineers, and to develop a culture of Research and Development (R&D).


Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the funding agency approving the budget for the ERDT HRD. The DOST secretary is the overall leader of the ERDT–HRD.  Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is the agency which monitors the ERDT scholarship program, recommends the approval of the ERDT budget, approval of the list of awarded scholars, appointments of visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows and other similar matters related to ERDT-HRD to the DOST Secretary.


Consortium University is the group of universities implementing the ERDT Program; in charge of attracting Filipino engineers to pursue graduate studies under the ERDT program, selecting the best minds to be awarded with the scholarship, monitoring the activities of the scholars, and have the responsibility to increase the number of graduates under the ERDT program. Program Leader is the Dean of College of Engineering UP Diliman; overall leader and coordinator of the ERDT Program implemented by the ERDT Consortium Universities.


The Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) is a consortium of 8 member universities in the country that offer master’s and doctoral degrees in various engineering fields. The ERDT Consortium is composed of

University of the Philippines Diliman


Ateneo de Manila University


Central Luzon State University


De La Salle University


Mapua Institute of Technology


Mindanao State University – Iligan institute of Technology


University of San Carlos


University of the Philipines los Banos




Must be a Filipino citizen


Not more than 45 years old at the time of application


Have passed the admission requirements of the graduate program supported by ERDT


Have a BS/ MS degree in engineering or related field


Be in good health


Not have criminal and administrative cases


Must officially enroll as full time graduate student


Not avail or enjoy other scholarships


Be willing to render the required service obligation equivalent to the length of time that the scholar enjoyed the scholarship, which is one year of service for every year of scholarship or a fraction thereof


Must have full time commitment to the scholarship and must not engage in any form of employment during the period when the scholarship is awarded




Properly accomplished application form


Photocopy of official transcript of records


Recommendation letter from 3 former professors or supervisors


Original and photocopy of NSO birth certificate


Original and photocopy of NBI clearance


A narrative of not more than 1,000 words describing your current work or a project of research that you worked on and your contribution towards the completion of the project


A narrative of not more than 500 words describing what you intend to do after earning your graduate degree


A narrative describing your intended research aread


Certification from the employer that the applicant is permitted to take a leave of absense



Benefits for Master’s

Tuition and fees – actual

Research grant P225,000

Book allowance P20,000

Thesis/ dissertation allowance P30,000

Stipend P20,000 per month

Transportation allowance P10,000



Benefits for PhDs

Tuition and fees – actual

Research grant P450,000

Book allowance P30,000

Thesis/ dissertation allowance P60,000

Stipend P28,000 per month

Transportation allowance P10,000



The ERDT is an investment for global competitiveness. It was created to implement high impact research agenda that is aligned with the National Science and Technology Plan (NSTP) and Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).


The ERDT was designed to upgrade the qualifications of practicing engineers, upgrade the quality of engineering colleges and make engineering graduate education accessible, develop a culture of research and development (R&D), and to attain a critical mass of graduates with Master’s and PhD degrees.



ERDT Sandwich Program

The Sandwich Program is a fellowship offered to ERDT scholars who wish to conduct research in a reputable university abroad for a maximum period of one year.



Further reading,


ERDT Graduate Studies Philippines


Submit your application to

The University or Consortium Institution you wish to apply. You are to check the deadline of application for admission at the Graduate Admissions office of each consortium university.



Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute

General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City

Telephone: 02 837 1333


Science and Technology Scholarship Division

Telephone: 02 839 0083




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