DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships

Working through the Newton Agham Programme, the British Council and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are pleased to offer the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships.

The aim of the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships is to facilitate the capacity building of individuals, and the building of sustainable, long-lasting links between the UK and the Philippines.

The programme is jointly funded by the Newton Agham Programme and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and offers full-time PhD scholarships for Filipino researchers at a UK higher education institution from April 2017 until July 2020.


Scholarships for Filipino students to undertake full-time PhD Study in the UK are now closed.

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The objectives of the programme are to:

  • provide opportunities for international training and development at the doctoral level;
  • develop international joint training pathways;
  • build links at the institutional level to facilitate two-way exchange of students and staff;
  • support knowledge transfer of the UK approach to PhD training and skills development to the Philippines; and 
  • support the production of highly-trained researchers in the Philippines with international experience.

Eligibility criteria

For an applicant to be considered for the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • be a Filipino Citizen and must be in the first five years of their research career (measured from date when applicant obtained Master’s degree);
  • be a faculty or staff member of a Philippine university or college;
  • have a Master’s degree in a related field;
  • be in good health, as certified by licenced medical doctor;
  • have no pending criminal/administrative charges or must not have been convicted for violation of any Philippine Law (certification must be obtained from National Bureau of Investigation);
  • pass all screening procedures, including formal acceptance to a PhD programme in a UK university; and
  • fulfil all the Terms and Conditions of the grant, including a return service obligation.


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