DOST Scholarship and Priority Courses

Every year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) offers scholarships to graduating high school students through its Science Education Institute (SEI). The application period usually begins in the month of October and ends in November of each year.

In this article, we will talk about the DOST Scholarship Program: who can apply, what are the requirements, how to apply, and what are the priority courses for the program.

What is the DOST Scholarship Program?

Basically, the DOST Scholarship Program is an initiative that seeks to entice young, talented, and skilled Filipinos to pursue careers in science and technology. By doing so, we can be assured of having many science and technology experts who can definitely contribute towards the country’s progress and development.

What are Scholarship Privileges Included?

Students who qualify for the DOST Scholarship can look forward to receiving the scholarship privileges and allowances listed below.

For a Regular Academic Year:

  • Tuition and other school fees (for those enrolled in private Higher Education Institutions) – PHP 40,000 / year
  • Book Allowance – PHP 10,000 / year
  • Monthly Living Allowance – PHP 7,000 / month
  • Clothing Allowance – PHP 1,000 (for the first semester of the first year only)
  • Transportation Allowance – 1 economy-class round trip fare (for those staying outside of their home province)
  • Thesis Allowance – PHP 10,000
  • Graduation Allowance – PHP 1,000
  • Group Health and Accident Insurance – Premium

For Summer Allowance (if required by the curriculum):

  • Tuition and other school fees – PHP 1,500
  • Book Allowance – PHP 500
  • Monthly Living Allowance – PHP 7,000 / month (for two months)

Who can Apply for DOST Scholarship?

You are qualified to apply for DOST scholarship if you:

  • Are a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Are a graduating Grade 12 student;
  • Belong to a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) class;
  • Are a non-STEM student who belongs to the top 5 percent of the graduating class;
  • Have academic ratings in Grades 9, 10, and 11;
  • Have not earned any post-secondary units;
  • Are of good moral character and in good health;
  • Have taken the DOST Scholarship Exam before, but did not qualify for the program; and
  • Have taken the DOST Scholarship Exam before and qualified for the program, but did not avail of the scholarship.

What are the Requirements?

Before submitting an application for the DOST Scholarship Program, be sure to prepare the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate;
  • Recent passport-sized picture (1.8 x 1.4 inches / 4.5 x 3.5 cm);
  • Certified Copy of Permanent Student Record (Form 137) for Grades 9, 10, and 11;
  • Principal’s Certification;
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character;
  • Certificate of Good Health;
  • Certificate of Residency;
  • Parent’s Certification, which indicates that the applicant has no pending immigration application to another country;
  • Applicant’s Certification, which states that you were not a DOST Scholar prior to this application;
  • Signed Declaration of Applicant and Parent/Legal Guardian; and
  • Parent’s / Legal Guardian’s Income Tax Return / BIR Form 1701 / BIR Certificate of Exemption from Filing of ITR / Certificate of Employment with Compensation / Certificate of Indigency / Proof of Pension.

How to Apply for DOST Scholarship?

Interested applicants are invited to apply through this link: https://usas.science-scholarships.ph/#/register. Make sure that you have a valid email account, mobile number, and stable Internet connection before signing up.

During the registration, you will be given an Application ID. This will serve as part of your access credentials to the DOST-SEI’s Undergraduate Scholarship E-Application System. So make sure that you keep your access credentials safe and secure!

Moreover, do not create multiple accounts, as this would only cause problems and delays in accessing your application.

After taking the exam, you can check the DOST-SEI website at https://sei.dost.gov.ph for the list of qualifiers and other important announcements. A Notice of Award will be sent to the qualifier’s registered email address, so watch out for any email messages, as well.

List or Priority Courses

Below is a list of the courses covered by the DOST Scholarship Program. Please take note that some of these courses are available in specific colleges and universities only, and for a specific study period only. 

  • Bachelor in Mathematics Education
  • Bachelor in Technology and Livelihood Education, with Specialization in Information and Communications
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science
  • BS Aeronautical Engineering
  • BS Aerospace Engineering
  • BS Agribusiness
  • BS Agribusiness Management
  • BS Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • BS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • BS Agricultural Biotechnology (University of the Philippines System only)
  • BS Agricultural Chemistry
  • BS Agricultural Economics
  • BS Agricultural Engineering
  • BS Agricultural Technology
  • BS Agriculture
  • BS Animal Husbandry
  • BS Animal Science
  • BS Applied Mathematics
  • BS Applied Mathematics, Major in Mathematical Finance (4 years, Ateneo de Manila University only)
  • BS Applied Physics
  • BS Applied Physics with Applied Computer System
  • BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering
  • BS Applied Statistics
  • BS Architecture
  • BS Astronomy
  • BS Astronomy Technology
  • BS Basic Medical Sciences (4 Years, University of the Philippines Manila only)
  • BS Biochemistry
  • BS Biology
  • BS Biology for Teachers
  • BS Biotechnology
  • BS Ceramics Engineering
  • BS Chemical Engineering
  • BS Chemistry
  • BS Chemistry for Teachers
  • BS Chemistry with Applied Computer Systems
  • BS Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Clothing Technology
  • BS Community Nutrition
  • BS Computer Engineering
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Electrical Engineering
  • BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • BS Electronics Engineering
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Fisheries
  • BS Food Science and Technology
  • BS Food Technology
  • BS Forestry
  • BS Geodetic Engineering
  • BS Geography
  • BS Geology
  • BS Geothermal Engineering
  • BS Health Science
  • BS Human Biology (3 years, De La Salle University only)
  • BS Industrial Design
  • BS Industrial Engineering
  • BS Industrial Management Engineering-Information Technology (De La Salle University only)
  • BS Industrial Pharmacy
  • BS Information and Communications Technology
  • BS Information System
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Information Technology Systems
  • BS Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • BS Life Sciences
  • BS Management Information Systems (4 years, Ateneo de Manila University only)
  • BS Manufacturing Engineering
  • BS Manufacturing Engineering-Management-Biomedical Engineering (De La Salle University only)
  • BS Manufacturing Engineering-Management-Mechatronics and Robotics (De La Salle University only)
  • BS Marine Biology
  • BS Marine Science
  • BS Materials Engineering
  • BS Mathematics
  • BS Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • BS Mathematics for Teachers
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • BS Mechatronics Engineering
  • BS Medical Laboratory Science
  • BS Medical Technology
  • BS Metallurgical Engineering
  • BS Meteorology
  • BS Microbiology
  • BS Mining Engineering
  • BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • BS Nutrition
  • BS Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BS Packaging Engineering
  • BS Petroleum Engineering
  • BS Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • BS Pharmacy (4-year program)
  • BS Pharmacy, Major in Clinical Pharmacy (5-year program)
  • BS Physics
  • BS Physics for Teachers
  • BS Psychology
  • BS Public Health
  • BS Speech Pathology
  • BS Statistics
  • BSE Biological Sciences
  • BSE Biology
  • BSE Biology-Chemistry (4 years, University of San Carlos only)
  • BSE Chemistry
  • BSE General Sciences
  • BSE Mathematics
  • BSE Physical Sciences
  • BSE Physics
  • BSE Physics-Chemistry (4 years, University of San Carlos only)
  • BSE Physics-Mathematics (4 years, University of San Carlos only)
  • BSE Science
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Notably, most of the above courses may be taken at the University of the Philippines, State Universities, and Private Institutions that are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as “Centers of Excellence” or “Centers of Development.” 

Some Final Thoughts

If you are an aspiring DOST scholar, we hope that the above guide would be helpful as you prepare the requirements and get ready for the qualifying exam. For more information about the scholarship program, please visit the official website of DOST at https://sei.dost.gov.ph. Best of luck!

Digital Juan

Digital Juan is the author of DigitalPinas.com - a blog that aims to answer the frequently asked questions of Pinoys about technology, financial, computer, trending news, social media, and digital lifestyle. Most of his writings here are in the form of a how to guide, list, or tips and tricks.