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Philippine College Scholarships: DOST Scholarship

Each year, thousands of high school students from all over the Philippines receive undergraduate scholarships courtesy of the Department of Science and Technology. One of the most generous scholarships in the country, the DOST-SEI Merit and R.A. 7687 scholarships make college education more accessible to thousands of undergraduates. It could very well be the ticket to your own undergraduate science degree.



Unlike many other scholarships, all DOST-SEI Merit scholars get the same basic benefits regardless of socio-economic status. Each scholar gets

  • a tuition subsidy amounting to a maximum of PhP6,000 per semester
  • a book allowance of PhP5,000 for every academic year under scholarship
  • a uniform allowance of PhP500, to be given once for the entire scholarship
  • tuition subsidies for academic units taken during summer
  • group accident and health insurance

On top of the standard benefits, scholars are also entitled to receive a monthly stipend from the DOST as part of the program. The amount of the stipend is based on financial documents submitted by scholars. Stipends, however, start at PhP1,200 per month and can go as high as PhP4,000 monthly. Either way, it’s still a big contribution in the typical student’s budget.

Scholars enrolling into courses identified as ‘special priority’ fields like physics are also given special incentives by the scholarship program. Additional allowances and subsidies await you if it so happens that you’ll be going into any of the priority majors.

The R.A. 7687 Scholarship works almost identically to the DOST-SEI Merit program, except that the schedules for the issuance of stipends and benefits are different. Scholars under the R.A. 7687 program are also required to undertake extra training and workshops  to better orient them with its goals.



Applicants for the DOST-SEI Merit program are accepted regardless of socio-economic status. Only the R.A. 7687 scholarship is specifically targeted toward less financially able students, which is why a declaration of assets and liabilities are part of the application procedure. Both the Merit and R.A. 7687 programs, however, use the same application papers and require taking the same test.

In order to qualify for either scholarship, you must be from the top 5% of your graduating class, or otherwise will be graduating from a special science high school like Philippine Science. A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the DOST (usually by the end of June during senior year) with the required paperwork.

One screening test is part of the procedure in order to become a scholar under either program. All applicants who are able to get the required number of points on the test will be sent a notice of award from the DOST, and will be eligible to claim either scholarship.

The DOST Scholarship Test


Unlike typical college entrance examinations, the DOST scholarship screening test has a much wider coverage of topics and fields. Because the program aims to create a larger number of scientists and engineers, it comes as no surprise that the test leans heavily towards those fields.

The screening test is composed of two major parts, the Intellective and Non-Intellective portions. The Intellective half is comprised of

  • scientific ability, which covers basic to intermediate high school biology, physics and chemistry
  • quantitative ability, which covers the entire high school curriculum up to intermediate trigonometry
  • mechanical and technical ability, which makes you determine the outcome of a series of mechanical steps
  • linguistic ability, which requires a good grasp of high school English, and
  • working memory, where you are briefly shown an image that you must identify afterwards on your test paper


If you’ve worked your way through the typical public high school full curriculum, then the coverage of most of the DOST test should have been taken up in the classroom. Much harder to anticipate is the non-intellective portion, which requires analysis on your part to solve a problem. In some cases, the test requires you to understand a theoretical language, and to comprehend passages written in that language.


Tips for Test Day


Although the requirements of the DOST exam aren’t exactly rocket science, you’ll still want to keep yourself sharp the whole time. The exam can take extremely long – up to four whole hours – so make sure you get plenty of rest beforehand. Psyching yourself prior to the test will also be crucial; you’ll be taking it with hundreds of other hopefuls, and you can be sure that the test center will be noisy and distracting.


If anything, the test is long. Most of the questions are in the easy to intermediate range, but there are also some (particularly in the quantitative and scientific ability areas) that are extremely difficult. Employ good time management and you should do fine.


While every effort has been made to keep this website accurate and updated, makes no guarantees about the veracity and accuracy of the information it provides. has been established to provide students and their parents an additional source of timely and relevant information.  It is not meant to serve as nor claim to be a replacement for the information portals of universities, schools, government agencies, private organizations, and any other entities we may have used as references.

Please be advised. Thank you.

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73 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: DOST Scholarship

  1. Good Day Sir/ Madam!!
    I would like to apply sana sa Scholarship program na iginawad niyo po,sana bigyan niyo po ako ng pagkakataon na mka apply sa scholarship.In fact,mrami akong mga kaklase na nkapg apply na but unluckily,hindi ako nkahabol.May na apply ako noon pero underage p lng,I would like to express my gratitude po sir/madam because we have financial problem,bka hindi na po ako mka aral sa susunod.msaya po ako na nbasa niyo at may response mn lng.God bless po at salamat..
    Sincerely,Julie Anne Estiller

  2. Good Afternoon. I am a first year college student taking of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English. Naghahanap po ako ng scholarship for me to continue my studies. But as I search the priority courses of DOST scholarship wala po yung course ko. Do I still have a chance po to avail the DOST Scholarship? Thank you po.

  3. Good morning po. I am a single parent andhas no permanent job, even how hard to let my daughter go to school I still do my best na makapag-aral po sya, but I admit talaga po I need help ng mga organizations na gaya nyo who give scholars to help families who cannot send their child to school. My daughter really wants to finish her study that is why I am searching for an orgNization that can help us. I am not aware before to this kinds of organizatiions, so I want to know if we can still apply for this scholarship even she is already in first year college and worrying if can continue for 2nd year sa kadahilanang wala pong stable na income. Thanks and God bless po!

  4. hi..i am a 1st year college drop out due to financial crisis. i dont have my grades but im planning to enrol this coming next school year but i dont have enough resources to finance my studies. Can i still avail of your scholarship?tnx

  5. nag apply po aq for DOST JLAP last sept. 2012 pa, then november ung schedule of the exam.,tapos sabi po sa amin d natuloy ung examination., hanggang ngayon po d namin alam kung kailan bagong schedule nung examination.,

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