Thesis/Dissertation Grant

One of the components of the Research Support Grant is the Thesis/Dissertation outright grant. The grant is in the form of an allowance awarded to Master’s or Doctoral scholars at the various stages of thesis/dissertation writing. This grant is an assistance to ensure that the scholar is able to complete the writing of his/her thesis/dissertation on time.

This grant is for the scholars who are ready to write his/her thesis or dissertation manuscript. The scholar must be on good standing status. Scholars on extension status are still qualified to apply for this grant. Further, the scholar must be an ERDT scholar who has completed all of his/her academic courses (except thesis/dissertation and seminars) prescribed in the program of study with a cumulative weighted average of 1.75 (or equivalent) or better.  The scholar must have thesis/dissertation topic in line with the R&D thrust of the ERDT Program and that the scholar has successfully defended his/her thesis/dissertation proposal, as approved by the thesis/dissertation panel of examiners. Scholars classified as “for monitoring” status are no longer eligible to apply. Scholars whose status is suspended or on official leave of absence are also not eligible to apply during the period when the scholar is suspended or on official leave.  Scholars whose scholarship was terminated are no longer eligible to apply. 


A successful applicant is entitled to Outright Thesis Grant of P30,000.00 for a Master’s student or Outright Dissertation Grant of P60,000 for a Doctorate student.

Application Procedure and Required Documents

The eligible scholar can avail the Thesis or Dissertation Grant by submiting in writing a letter of application addressed to the ERDT Program Leader (equivalent body). Attached with the application letter are the following documents:

  • Approved thesis/dissertation proposal duly certified by his/her primary adviser and the chairman of his/her department. The approved thesis/dissertation proposal must include the research plan and schedule of research activities (GANTT Chart), leading to the completion of the program of study. In case of Master’s program where defense of the thesis proposal may not be required, a thesis proposal duly approved and endorsed by the faculty adviser shall still be submitted to the ERDT office.

Incomplete documents shall not be accepted and processed for evaluation by the ERDT Office.

The applicant must submit the letter to the ERDT office of the Consortium University together with the required documents. The application shall be evaluated based on merit by the Fellowship and Scholarship Screening Committee, FSSC, (or equivalent body), recommending the approval (or disapproval) of the application for the Thesis/Dissertation Grant to the Program Leader (or equivalent body) for final decision. The adviser of the scholar will be notified in writing of the approval/disapproval of his/her application by the Program Leader (or equivalent body).

Schedule of Fund Release and Reports

Upon the approval by the Program Leader (or equivalent body) of the thesis/dissertation grant application, fifty percent (50%) of the grant shall be released to the scholar. The other fifty percent (50%) can be availed in two ways:

Thirty five (35%) percent of the thesis/dissertation grant shall be released when the scholar has completed more than half of the thesis/dissertation. A duly accomplished ERDT TDG2 (progress report for thesis/dissertation writing) endorsed by the adviser must be submitted to the ERDT Office before this tranche is released. The remaining fifteen percent (15%) shall be released upon completion of the Master’s or Ph.D. degree.

The remaining fifty percent (50%) shall be released upon completion of the Master’s or Ph.D. degree.




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