Human resource development aims at building future S&T capabilities through focused programs in basic and higher education. DOST VI offers scholarships for S&T undergraduate degrees, and scholarships and research fellowships at the graduate level. It also conducts science and mathematics competitions to motivate members of the academe and promote a culture of achievement.


The DOST provides scholarship assistance to deserving students who intend to pursue an S&T career. The following are the scholarship programs implemented in the region:

  1. RA 7687 Scholarship (RA 7687) provides scholarship slots to poor but deserving students whose families’ annual gross incomes do not exceed the poverty threshold limit. The scholar must pursue a course in the field of science, mathematics and engineering leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship (MERIT Scholarship) is known also as Project 5801 Education or DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scientific Manpower Development Program. It awards scholarship slots to incoming freshmen who wish to pursue priority courses in the basic sciences, applied sciences, physics teaching and engineering at identified universities. The program is awarded to deserving students whose family annual gross income exceeds the regional poverty threshold.