BA Programs in Development Studies

There are at least four schools in the Philippines that grant undergraduate degree programs in Development Studies.

  1. The University of the Philippines, Manila (UPM) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies degree, a four-year course that provides students with tools to analyze the Philippine social, economic, political and cultural situation, with a people-centered development perspective.
  2. AB in Development Studies is one of degree programs available in De La Salle University (DLSU). The program emphasizes learning “based on the experiences of developed and developing countries,” and among their courses is “Women and Politics,” which looks at the bridge between the development of feminism and current gender perspectives in politics and development as a whole.
  3. The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU)  offers a Development Studies Program that focuses on “socio-economic theories, policy analysis and management tools” in training its students for working towards Philippine development.
  4. Development Studies minor in Gender Studies is one of the two tracks (the other being International Politics) under Miriam College (MC)’s BA in International Studies degree, which emphasizes the local, regional and international interactions of social development.

Graduate Program in Women and Development at UP

The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) in the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD) offers graduate programs in Women and Development Studies (WD), under the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS).

The WD program “aims to provide a historical and comprehensive perspective to the study of gender and development particularly in the context of the South and the Philippines” (About DWDS). The DWDS has Master of Arts (MAWD) and Diploma (Dip. in WD) course offerings open to fresh graduates, professionals, and practitioners in development work.

For the academic year 2014-2015, the deadline for applications is on June 15, 2014. Classes start on August 7, 2014. Program brochuresapplications forms, and contact information to the Student Records Office (SRO) are available on the CSWCD website.

Graduate and Post-Graduate Grants in the Philippines

Four grants programs available to Filipino students are found below.

  1. The Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Fellows Program is open to individuals from ASEAN member states who have experience in creating courses and modules on Inclusive Development. The deadline for submission of application is on May 30, 2014.
  2. The Institute for Philippine Culture Postdoctoral Scholarly Research Award calls for applications from recent holders of doctoral degree who intend to turn their dissertation (on a variety of topics including women and gender) to publication. The deadline for submission of application is June 30, 2014 and January 2015 for fellowships beginning October 2014 and May 2015, respectively.
  3. The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals is open to residents of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The deadline of submission of application is usually in August of the year before the intended academic year applied for. The program has project themes every year which become a basis in their selection of successful applicants.
  4. Scholarship grants for graduate and post-graduate students are also available under the Fulbright Commission’s Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF). Applications are accepted as early as in January the year before the academic year applied for.

Regular Calls for Applications

Collections of calls for applications are found in the following organizations/websites.

  1. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) lists their funding opportunities for NGOs, individual researchers,  and graduate students. They accept applications for existing projects as well as project proposals.
  2. Grants for NGOs and individual development workers are also found in Funds for NGOs. Calls for papers, calls for project proposals, and calls for application to fellowship programs are only some of the opportunities found here.
  3. The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) posts calls for participation in various activities including ongoing projects, project proposals, conferences, and publications.
  4. The Australian National University (ANU) also posts calls for applications on their Gender Institute News. Also found here are calls for papers, job vacancies, and scholarship announcements both in the ANU and in other international organizations.

Training Courses on Women/Gender and Development Work 2014

Some of the more affordable (P5,000-P10,000 fee) and accessible (from Metro Manila) training courses for women/gender and development students, teachers, researchers, direct practitioners and interested others are the following.

  1. The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) in Miriam College offers training courses on gender and development topics. Their Summer 2014 Activities include gender-responsive planning and budgeting, gender-fair education, human rights, and migration.
  2.  The Research, Extension and Development Office (REDO) in UP Diliman regularly offers training courses on development work. Their Training Courses for 2014 include topics such as monitoring and evaluation, community organizing, and advocacy work.
  3. UP Los Banos’ Research, Development and Extension Office (UPLB R&E) also has regular training courses for researchers and other development workers. The availability of training courses, however, vary according to demand. Among those offered in 2014 are Courses for Researchers and Training Personnel and Courses for Teachers and Educators.

International Scholarships for Filipinos

There are a lot of scholarships available for Filipino students interested in feminist/women/gender and/or development studies. Universities themselves offer scholarships and grants to deserving students, and should be explored fore mostly. For example, the International Institute of Social Studies offers scholarships for international students enrolled in their graduate programs.

International governments are another source for scholarships. For instance, the Government of Canada has international scholarships for non-Canadians, including awards available to Filipinos. International agencies also offer scholarships to partner governments such as the New Zealand Aid Programme, which identifies the Philippines as one of the countries eligible to their scholarship funding.

Online databases of scholarships are another option of finding the right scholarship. allows searching for international scholarships for particular field of study. Their lists include Women’s Studies also has a database of international scholarships, grants and fellowships for students of various levels and areas of development studies. It has a separate page on Scholarships for Development StudiesScholarships for Filipinos, and Scholarships for Women.