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CHED Merit Scholarship versus DOST-SEI S&T Merit Scholarship

ched merit scholarship versus dost merit scholarshipThis post is our response to a question we received about choosing between the CHED Full-Merit Scholarship and the DOST-SEI Merit Science and Technology Scholarship. We thought we’d better turn it into a separate post for those who are also confused about which scholarship is better. This question is likely to crop up again and again since one cannot apply for a CHED scholarship if he or she has already accepted another government grant, of which the DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship is definitely one.

We will not answer the “which scholarship is better” question outright. What we’ll do instead is set one against the other in an easy-to-compare table so anybody reading this post will be able to determine which scholarship is better given his/her specific circumstances.

So here goes…

Explanatory notes:

  • The CHED Merit Scholarship has two versions: the Full-Merit and the Half-Merit.  The latter provides half the amount granted by the former.
  • The DOST Scholarship in this post pertains to the Merit Scholarship – not the RA7687 Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • Under the DOST Merit Science and Technology Scholarship


CHED Merit Scholarship DOST-SEI Science and Technology Merit Scholarship
Financial grant per semester

PhP 15,000.00 (Full-Merit)

PhP 7,500 (Half-Merit)

Up to PhP 6,000.00

Monthly Living Allowance
The monthly stipend amount varies depending on certain criteria (course and type of scholarship – whether full, partial or special).Monthly living allowance will continue during summer if summer classes are required in the curriculum
BS Geology/Mining Engineering/Physics/Applied Physics and Physics Teaching courses

PhP 5,000.00 (Full)

PhP 3,150.00 (Partial

PhP 2,825.00 (Special)


Other Priority S&T Courses

PhP 4,000.00 (Full)

PhP 2,400.00 (Partial)

PhP 2,200.00 (Special)

Book Allowance per AY
Allowance for prescribed books and essential school supplies

PhP 5,000.00

Summer Tuition
Only if summer studies are required in the curriculum

Up to PhP 1,500.00

Summer Book Allowance
Only if summer studies are required in the curriculum

Up to PhP 500.00

PE Uniform Grant
1st yr, 1st sem only

PhP 500.00

Transportation Allowance
One economy-class, roundtrip airfare ticket for those studying outside their home province; reimbursement basis only

Cost of the roundtrip airfare ticket

Post-graduation clothing allowance

PhP 1,000.00 (Full scholars only)

Group Health and Accident Insurance
Aside from the typical eligibility requirements which are discussed in other posts, the following are specific requirements that might be pivotal in your decision to choose one scholarship program over the other:
Scholarship Qualifying Exam Requirement None Science and Technology Scholarship Exam
Student must pass this exam to be eligible for a DOST-SEI Merit scholarship.
Higher Education Institution Restrictions None Students may enjoy the scholarship only in higher education institutions that DOST deems acceptable when it comes to DOST’s preferred S&T programs
Degree Program Restrictions None Students may enjoy the scholarship only if they take up one of the approved science and technology programs
Service Agreement None Scholars, after graduation, must render service for a length of time equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship
Rank among members of the graduating class Must belong to the TOP 10 for full-merit Must belong to the TOP 5%
General Weighted Average requirement
The minimum acceptable general weighted average
National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) General Scholastic Aptitude(GSA) minimum rating
90% for full-merit85%  for half-merit
Annual Income
Parents’ or guardians’ maximum annual combined income
PhP 300,000.00
The maximum acceptable age



DOST-SEI. (2010). 2011 Science and technology Undergraduate Scholarships: Merit Scholarship Program [Brochure].


DOST SEI Scholarship 2012 Application and Exam Schedule [for SY:2012-2013]

DOST SEI Scholarship

The DOST-SEI office has recently released the application and exam schedules for the DOST-SEI 2012 Scholarship Exam (note that this is the DOST Scholarship Exam that will be held this year for the incoming college freshmen of the 2012-2013 School Year).  To quote the DOST-SEI’s reply to our email inquiry:

Please be informed that application form for the 2012 Undergraduate Scholarship Programs is now available at the Science Education Institute, 2/F Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City.

You may also download the form and the brochure from our website,, once these are uploaded. The deadline of application will be on 21 October 2011 (Friday) and the conduct of the Scholarship Examination will be on 20 November 2011 (Sunday).

[Note: Emphasis is ours.]

So these are the important DOST Scholarship dates to remember:

Deadline of Application:  October 21, 2011

DOST SEI Exam Schedule: November 20, 2011

At the time of writing, though, the downloadable application forms have not yet been uploaded to the DOST-SEI website, so be sure to check their website from time to time. As the email says, however, you can already get the application form from the DOST-SEI office in Bicutan. You should also check regularly with your local DOST Regional Offices; Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC) or Offices of the Congressmen to see if the DOST scholarship application forms are already available in their office. In fact, in some regions – say, the Ilocos Region – application forms are already available in the DOST Regional Office.

To know more about the requirements and the exam coverage of this scholarship, you can read this post:  Philippine College Scholarships: DOST Scholarship.

To read about the tips and strategies for the DOST scholarship exam, check out this post:  DOST Scholarship Exam Tips and Strategies.

To learn about the scholarship benefits, paperwork needed and obligations, you can check out this post:  Philippine College Scholarships: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship

To check out other Philippine College Scholarships, click here.

Good Luck and God Bless to all would-be DOST 2012 Scholarship Exam takers!: )


We would like to thank the Science and Technology Scholarship Division of the DOST-SEI, particularly the S&T Scholarship Division Chief, Ma’am ALICIA L. ASUNCION, MPM. Thank you, Ma’am Asuncion, for taking the time to respond to our inquiry; I’m sure our readers are also very grateful to you and your office for this much awaited update.

DOST Exam 2011 Results Update

A lot of you are coming here to look for DOST exam 2011 results (i.e. the DOST Science and Technology Scholarship Exam for SY 2011-2012). Thus, we are writing this post to inform you that – at the moment – the results are not out yet. We have been searching high and low for a DOST press release – anything – about the DOST exam results for 2011, but we haven’t had any luck yet.

In any case, keep checking back regularly. We will update with information on DOST Exam 2011 results the moment we hear something.

By the way, if anyone out there has information on the DOST S&T scholarship exam results for SY 2011-2012, we will appreciate it if you can let us (and the rest of the Academic-Clinic community) know about it. We have been very fortunate for having helpful readers who update us of important exam-related events (like results availability), so now, we’re asking for your help once again. Just leave a comment in the comment section the moment you know anything specific about the DOST exam results for 2011. Thank you in advance to all of you who will help us! 🙂

UPDATE (March 15, 2011): I have emailed the Scholarship & Technology Scholarship Division. I hope they reply. If they do, I’ll tell you immediately.

Update (March 31, 2011): Still no word. 🙁

If any of you gets word of the results , please, please tell us here so we can update this post with the results link. Thanks!

By the way, dear friends, do not leave your email address in comments (especially if you have not made at least an effort to disguise it) not only here but in other blogs and sites as well; that’s opening yourself up to receiving lots of spam email! Furthermore, we cannot possibly email individuals with results. We can only update this site about results news when it does become available.

Again, an appeal to everyone out there: if you get wind of the results, tell us immediately, okay? Thanks! 🙂

UPDATE (April 1, 2011): Oh, happy day!!!! The results are out, people!!!! Check out the results in the post, DOST 2011 S&T Exam Results Out!

2011 Science & Technology Scholarships Exam Application Open

If  you want to become a DOST-SEI (Science Education Institute) Science and Technology (S&T) scholar in your college years, good news! The DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Application is now ongoing.

DOST S&T Scholarship Basics

1. To become a Science and Technology scholar for the 2011-2012 freshman intake year, you have to take the 2011 Science and Technology  Exam. This will take place on a Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7 am (to 12 nn) for the first batch of test-takers or at 1pm (to 6pm) for the second batch of test-takers.

2. To be able to take the Science and Technology Test on November 21, 2010, you should have a Test Permit. To get a  Test Permit, you must file your S&T exam application on or before October 8, 2010.

To apply for the November 21, 2010 Science and Technology Exam, completely fill out the Information Sheet for the DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarships for 2011 (what you’d normally call the Application Form). You can get a copy from the DOST-SEI website or from our Downloads page; just print it out. If you don’t want to download the form, get a copy of the application form from the nearest Provincial Science and Technology Center or DOST Regional Office.

Completely fill out the application form. Read the instructions carefully, mind you. There are different requirements, depending on the scholarship program for which you are applying.  Submit this form (and other supporting documents, if needed) to the nearest Provincial Science and Technology Center or DOST Regional Office. After that, wait for your Test Permit. It will be mailed to you or to your school principal.

3. The 2011 S&T exam on November 21, 2010 is the qualifying exam required for two DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Programs. In your application form, therefore, you will have to choose between two programs:

  • The DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship, or
  • The DOST-SEI R.A. 7687 Scholarship.

To choose which program is for you, please read the brochure for each of these scholarship programs. You can view these brochures in our Downloads Page.

Read the following posts, too, for a meatier discussion of these 2 scholarship programs:

  1. DOST Scholarship Application Guide: a general discussion of these two science and technology scholarship programs.
  2. DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship: a discussion of the Merit program.
  3. DOST STS: a discussion of the RA 7687 program.

Very, very important note:

Please read the DOST Scholarship brochures (find them in our Downloads page). They are your definitive guide to the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship and the RA 7687 Scholarship programs.

These brochures will tell you everything you need to know about the DOST scholarship programs’ eligibility criteria, scholarship privileges, (general) exam coverage, and approved courses/identified institutions. Before you ask questions, please read the brochures, okay? 😉

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.