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SEAMEO BIOTROP PhD Thesis Grants Program for Indonesian Nationals

Introduction
The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) supports the capacity building of individuals and institutions to generate relevant and up-to-date information and contribute to the body of knowledge on various aspects of tropical biology through research.

As it embarked on developing its 9th Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP 2012/2013-2016/2017), the Centre initiated its PhD Thesis Grants Program as one of its Special Initiatives. So far, the Program has benefitted 47 individuals from 12 academic and research insitutions in Indonesia.

Under its current 10th FYDP (FY2017/2018 – FY 2021/2022), SEAMEO BIOTROP remains steadfast to its vision to be “A Leadering Centre in enriching and promoting the real values of tropical biology in Southeast Asia.” The Centre shall implement its mandates and related activities on the theme “Tropical Biology for Environmental and Societal Transformations in Southeast Asia.”

Objectives of the Program
In general, the Program aims to increase the number of qualified human resources in higher learning institutions and government research agencies where the grantees are affiliated with the expectation that they would contribute to the development of Indonesia in the area of tropical biology and natural resources management. 

The specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To provide PhD students the opportunity to work and be mentored by SEAMEO BIOTROP scientists on specific research areas that are mutually of interest to the students, their institutions, and the Centre;
  2. To  produce quality research outputs related to tropical biology that would have direct application to address development concerns of Indonesia;
  3. To maximize the use of facilities and equipments available at SEAMEO BIOTROP for the grantees’ research; and
  4. To produce quality research papers for journal publication.

Eligibility Requirements
A PhD student could be eligible to apply for the thesis grant if he/she could satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Must be currently pursuing a PhD program in agriculture,forestry, natural resource management, and related sciences from  any reputable university in Indonesia.
  2. Must have already completed his/her course work
  3. Must already have an approved thesis research proposal and is ready to conduct the research or is currently already conducting the initial phase of the research

Research Topics Covered by the Program
Applicants’ research topics must address SEAMEO BIOTROP’s program thrusts under its 10th Five-Year Development Plan as follows:

  1. Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems and Landscapes
  2. Sustainable Management of Intensively Used Ecosystems and Landscapes
  3. Conservation and Sustainable Use of Unique Ecosystems and Landscapes with High Biodiversity

The applicant’s research topic must also have direct implications to poverty alleviation, food security and safety, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

 

Application requirements:

  1. Duly completed Application Form which can be downloaded from www.biotrop.org
  2. Letter of application addressed to: Dr. Irdika Mansur, SEAMEO BIOTROP Director
  3. Recommendation letter from the Dean of Graduate School of the university where the applicant is pursuing his/her degree program
  4. Thesis research proposal approved by the applicant’s Advisory Committee and Dean of Graduate School
  5. Budgetary requirement of the thesis research with recommendation from the applicant’s major adviser and Dean of Graduate School
  6. Certified copy of grades for all courses taken at the PhD level
  7. Curriculum vitae
  8. Applicant’s letter certifying that he/she is not receiving any other research grant from any other institution
  9. The proposal must have the following components:
    • Title (The title of the project must be clear, concise, and attractive to generate interest/participation from all actors that are expected to be involved in the implementation of the project)
    • Background/Rationale (This section should clearly specify the issues and concerns that the project would like to address. Why is it important to undertake the project?  Who will benefit and how?)
    • Objectives  (The objectives must be concrete enough against which the project’s success or failure can be assessed)
    • Review of Related Literature (This must situate the proposal on the current body of knowledge on the subject of the research.  Related literature to be cited in the proposal must not be older than 5 years)
    • Components and Methodologies (This section must answer how the project objectives can be achieved with the components and methodologies that the project would adopt.  It should also specify the partners that would be involved in the implementation of the project)
    • Timetable of Activity Implementation (This would specify the overall duration of the project broken down into specific time allocation to undertake the various components and activities)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (This section should specify the way the progress of the project would be assessed according to its objective and timeframe by component, and including the people who will be involved)
    • Expected Outputs and Outcomes (This section should enumerate the concrete/tangible outputs and outcomes that the project is expected to produce  in relation to its objectives)
    • Estimated Budgetary Requirements  (The budget must include among others personnel services, travel, materials, equipment and facilities rentals)
  10. All documents must be in English.

Implementation Scheme
SEAMEO BIOTROP announces a call for thesis research proposals yearly usually starting in March until May. This announcement is for thesis research proposals that would be implemented during the following year once they pass the internal and external review processes.

Grantees will sign a contract with SEAMEO BIOTROP usually in February to implement their thesis research from March to November.

Grantees will be required to submit monthly progress report, mid-project progress report in August and a project completion report in December.

Privileges of Grantees
Grantees will be entitled to the following:

  1. Thesis research fund within the prescribed limit of BIOTROP-DIPA allocation
  2. Access to SEAMEO BIOTROP laboratory facilities and services
  3. Technical guidance from SEAMEO BIOTROP scientists

Program’s Impacts So Far
From 25 grantees surveyed in 2016, they reported that:

  • 68% of them have published their research results in national refereed journals
  • 64% of them have published their research results in international refereed journals
  • 44% of them got new research projects after obtaining their PhD degrees
  • 44% of them received invitations as speakers in trainings and seminars
  • 28% of them became members and/or heads of academic committees/task forces in their respective institutions
  • 25% of them got promoted in position