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Philippine College Scholarships: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship

There are people and institutions out there that see a need and strive to meet it as best they can. One thing philanthropists do is to help train people with the potential for meeting that same need in the near future.

Not to be outdone by universities and private benefactors, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), together with the Science Education Institute (SEI) have come up with several ways of assisting deserving, financially challenged students. We’ll be focusing on one of them in this article: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship (henceforth referred to as DOST-SEI MS).

Scholarship Details

1. Background: Formerly known as Project 5801, the DOST-SEI MS is the department’s regular scholarship program aimed at helping college freshmen enter into and complete specific baccalaureate degree programs of choice.

2. Qualifications: The criteria are as follows:

• Applicants must not have applied for an immigrant or resident status in any foreign country.
• They must not have previously taken any DOST-SEI Scholarship test prior to application.
• They should not have earned any units in any college course yet.
• They must be natural-born citizens of the Philippines.
• They should have good health and good moral character.
• They need to be a part of the upper 5% of their high school graduating class.
• They need to major in any of the relevant scholarship courses (Please go to this webpage for a list of DOST-SEI MS courses and the respective universities that offer them.).

3. Required Paperwork: The DOST will need the following documents:

• A birth certificate photocopy
• Form A – DOST-SEI Information Sheet
• Form C – health certificate accomplished by a licensed doctor
• Form D – Certificate of good moral character written by the applicants’ principal or guidance counselor
• Form E – written certification from the applicants’ high school principal indicating the following:
o The complete number of graduation candidates
o The applicants’ status of being in the top 5% of their graduating classes

• 2 ID pictures of 1 x 1 size, photographed no longer than a month before the application. One of the photos needs to be attached to the test permit, the other to the DOST-SEI Information Sheet.
• Form F – a statement from the applicants indicating that they’ve not taken any college courses yet
• Form G – statement from the applicants’ parent (s) indicating that the applicant has not applied as a resident or immigrant in any foreign country.
• Payment of the non-refundable 200 peso test fee

4. Application Process: The first thing to do is to obtain the application form at the Science Education Institute (Please see the address below.), any Provincial Science and Technology Center or any regional DOST office. Applicants must then fill it up completely and turn it in together with the other necessary documents to the office from whence it came.

They must also take and pass the science and technology aptitude test administered to them. Their performance on this test will serve as one of the major factors in the selection of the final list of scholars.

Scholar Privileges

Winning scholars will enjoy a host of subsidies and stipends. For one thing, the DOST will pay up to 4,500 pesos of the scholars’ tuition and school fees per semester or term Students will also receive a textbook/school supply allowance of 3,000 pesos per academic year and a one-time (for the first semester of the first year only), 500-peso grant for P.E./ROTC uniform. .

Group accident and health insurance is also on the list, coupled with a monthly living allowance for one academic year. The latter will depend on the nature of the students’ scholarship (special, partial or full).

This is how it works: special, partial and full scholarships yield 1825, 2150 and 4000-peso living allowances, respectively. Please note that these amounts only apply to those majoring in Physics-related courses. Students majoring in other courses will receive 1200 (special), 1400 (partial) and 3,000-peso (full) allowances instead.

These subsidies also apply to periods involving required summer classes, though in modified amounts. Specifically, the DOST will subsidize tuition and school fees up to 1,500 pesos, plus textbook and school supplies up to 500 pesos. Scholars will get monthly living allowances for the summer school period, too.

Finally, students attending college outside of their home province will enjoy a free, economy-class round trip for one between their home and their college. This will be made available on reimbursement basis.

Scholar Obligations

Obligations are pretty straightforward: in return for financial assistance, scholars must abide by the terms of the contract they enter into with the DOST-SEI. Basically, they need to maintain the minimum scholarship grade required.

The most important obligation comes after graduation: the students will be asked to serve the country (most preferably in their home region) in a manner relevant to their field of study. This is a full time vocation that will last at least as long as their time spent as DOST-SEI scholars.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the subject matter, it would be best to direct them toward the DOST-SEI folks themselves. They may be reached at (632) 837-1359 or (632) 839-0241. Facsimiles go to (632) 837-1924.

If you’d rather visit the Science Education Institute in person, feel free to drop by its office at the third floor of the PTRI building, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City.


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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35 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship

  1. good evening ma’am and sir….
    puwede po bang malaman kung maaari pang magpasa ng DOST scholarship application form ang mga hindi umabot sa deadline?

  2. Hi sir/ma’am
    ask kolang pwede po ak mkakuha ng scholarship. Okay lng po ba kung kahit nag-aral sa privatew school.and saan po pwede makakuha ng contact # or information about scholarship for the incoming freshmen.

  3. one more tanong sir/ma’am:
    pwede rin ba mag-apply ng scholarship sa dost thru universities?
    thank u po..

    • Hi Maria,

      In case of the DOST-SEI Science and Technology scholarship (you know both kinds – Merit and R.A. 7687), scholarship applications are made directly through DOST. I can’t know all possible exceptions, though, so you should still inquire with DOST or with your school.

      I’ve heard some people say that they did not get a DOST scholarship (did not pass the DOST exam or perhaps did not even apply) but hey did get into a science program in UP, after which they successfully got a DOST scholarship. Basically, what they’re saying is that they got the DOST scholarship through UP. Just note though that the above is anecdotal; furthermore, that might have worked in the past but it may no longer apply today.

      The best thing for you, really, is to inquire with the concerned university and DOST directly. Decisions might be made on a case-to-case basis, right?

  4. good day!
    i am confused about dost scholarship and CHED.
    which one is better?
    in CHED pag 90% & above ang NCAE mo u r entitled for full scholarship worth 15000 pesos. its not clear to me if it has monthly allowance. (pagkakaalam ko wala, wala kasi k0ong nabasa)
    while DOST is giving 4500 only? ganon po ba un?
    so means mas malaki binibigay ng CHED?
    my son is graduating next yr were not capable to send him in college sa mahal ng tuition. i am applying for scholarship sana hindi ko lang alam saan at alin scholarship ang aaplyan. hes NCAE os 99% kaya entitle sya sa CHED full scholarship if don kami magapply.
    can u help me to choose where to apply for scholarship? gusto ko kasi sana macover lahat ng expenses. tuition, school fees, books and transportation. thank u very much..
    i hope u can find time to answer this.. thank u..

  5. God afternoon ma’am and sir, may i know if those who failed in taking OWWA scholarship can have oppurtunity to take DOST SCHOLARSHIP?

  6. hello ma’am and sir, I just want to know if there is chance for those first year colleges who want to take the DOST Scholarship.
    I’ll be hoping for your response……..tnx

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  9. Hello. I just want to ask if the DOST-SEI Merit scholarship and the STFAP are stackable. I mean, is it possible to avail the two scholarships at the same time when I enter at UP?

  10. hi. I’m an upcat passer (UPLB-BS statistics)and had applied for dost-sei scholarship program. I’m also applying at stfap- a scholarship program at UP. I Just want to ask, what will happen if i passed both dost and stfap? would that mean any decrease in any grant i may avail in any program.

  11. I just want to know if there are any exact dates when the DOST-SEI Scholarship Results will be released because I’m having a hard time to confirm with my slot in the University of the Philippines with the course of Applied Physics. Obviously, my priority is to have a scholarship and it would be better to have it released in an earlier date so that it would not conflict with the deadline of confirmation in UP on March 31, 2011. Please feel free to answer me in the soonest time possible. Thanks!

  12. I am a 2nd year student in MSU IIT and i will be 3rd year next year.. Can I apply for the scholarship when?? Thanks in advance!

  13. *Correction on the living allowances: for non-physics majoring students, it’s already 4,000. (i don’t know if the living allowances of students majoring in physics increased.)

    *Another info, if your going to study in UP. All expenses(tuition) will be paid by dost unlike in other universities/colleges where they will just cover 4,500 of your tuition.

    *Actually there are two types of Dost Scholarship offered for incoming freshmen.
    RA- students whose annual family income is below 150,000 (not so sure of the figures)
    Merit- Above 150,00 annual family income.

    Same exam for both types but the cut off score is higher for those applying for the merit scholarship.

    *I’ve never heard of Partial and Special Dost Scholarship when I started back in 2006.

    *If you won’t be lucky enough to pass the exams before entering college, you still have one shot left.. JLAP, for incoming 3rd year college students.

    *For exam tips, maybe you can ask the provincial office near you to give you a primer(a booklet of sample questions).

      • There’s still a DOST Merit Scholarship, if that’s what you mean. It applies to UP and other universities, subject to scholarship requirements (e.g. course chosen, etc.). Furthermore, full scholarship doesn’t mean full tuition fee coverage; there’s a maximum tuition fee coverage every semester. There’s a monthly living allowance, of course, but for the merit scholarship, the allowance amount depends on the scholar’s socioeconomic status.

    • “*Another info, if your going to study in UP. All expenses(tuition) will be paid by dost unlike in other universities/colleges where they will just cover 4,500 of your tuition.”

      Does this ‘rule’ still apply? My mom really wants to know, since I am an incoming freshman at UP Diliman. 🙂

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  15. Hello. Thanks for the post. I would like to know where I can get the application forms for this scholarship and when the deadlines are. Please and thank you 😀

    • Please go to the nearest Provincial Science and Technology Center or DOST Regional Center to inquire about the application process and, of course, to get the application form. 🙂

      • Good afternoon ma’am and sir…may i ask if those who failed in taking the OWWA Scholarship examination can have oppurtunity to take DOST SCHOLARSHIP.

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