The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) renewed the Fulbright-CHED scholarship program in a signing ceremony on August 24 at the new Fulbright Philippines head office in Mandaluyong City.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and PAEF Honorary Chairman Sung Y. Kim signed the new agreement worth USD 3.2 million with CHED chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III to implement a scholarship program to send Filipino higher education institution (HEI) personnel to pursue graduate degree and non-degree programs in American universities.
The Fulbright-CHED scholarship grant is one of the core award offerings by the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines to promote educational and cultural exchange under the Fulbright Program. Since 1948, PAEF has awarded Fulbright grants to nearly 3,000 Filipinos to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in the United States.
In 2016, 17 Filipino scholars were awarded Fulbright-CHED scholarships to pursue their master’s and PhD programs in various American universities. In 2018, an additional 19 scholars were awarded the same scholarship grant. The scholarship covers tuition, non-academic fees, monthly stipend, and travel costs amounting to USD 77,250 or Php 3.9 million for 2 years.
“The Fulbright program has produced so many outstanding leaders in the academe, industry and in government. This new agreement continues this valuable and mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries,” de Vera said.
Chairman de Vera was a Fulbright Hays Scholar at the University of Southern California and a Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.
Aside from the Fulbright-CHED scholarship program, PAEF also administers the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Fulbright Foreign Language Assistant Program, and other scholarship grants for Filipino educators.
PAEF Executive Director Julio S. Amador III emphasizes the importance of the partnership with CHED and these educational exchange programs for Filipinos.
“What we have learned during this pandemic is that leaders and experts are needed more than ever. Fulbright Program alumni in health and education have been critical in providing leadership to the Philippines’ COVID-19 response. The Fulbright Program continues to evolve to provide solutions to today’s global challenges. The PhD scholarships will go a long way in developing Filipino expertise in CHED priority sectors. The non-degree grants will promote linkages with U.S. educational institutions so that our HEIs here can design joint programs or enhance faculty or student exchanges,” Amador said.
Also present during the signing ceremony were U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Public Affairs Officer Philip Roskamp, Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Keener, and CHED OIC Deputy Executive Director and IAS Director Lily Freida Milla.