programs and services
Fellowship and Grants Management
implement fellowships and scholarship programs.
Partner Organizations: REX Education, Philippine Historical Association, Philippine National Historical Society
A Fellowship Program to Develop a Compendium of Philippine History. Saliksik Kasaysayan is the ten-month program that aims to take stock of and secure the articles, materials, and references on the different periods in Philippine history.
Program Objective: REX Education and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) have come together to develop a compendium of reference materials that shall be used in writing and publishing Philippine history textbooks.
Target beneficiaries: A Filipino scholar with a PhD in the social sciences or any relevant area of specialization and has produced at least two publications in reputable/refereed journals and other major publications. Additionally, the candidate should be at least assistant professor level.
PCPD Graduate Fellowship and Research Grant Program
Partner Organization: Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD)
The PCPD Graduate Fellowship and Research Grant Program seeks to provide funding support to young Filipino scholars interested in pursuing a graduate degree at a local institution or undertake research in the field of population and development.
Program Objective: The program aims to support young scholars to further their studies in the field of population and development.
Target Beneficiaries: Young Filipino scholars pursuing a graduate degree or research on the field of population and development
Asia Fellowships Awards (AFA)
Partner Organization: Asian Scholarships Foundation
The ASIA Fellows Awards seek to develop regional expertise, establish a multilateral network of Asian specialists from many disciplines, professional fields and countries, stimulate interdisciplinary research and inter-societal comparison, and contribute to new developments within existing area studies communities.
Program Objective: The principal goal of the ASIA Fellows Awards is to increase the overall awareness of intellectual resources in the countries of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, and to contribute to the growth of long-range capabilities for cross-regional knowledge sharing.
Target beneficiaries: Young mid-career Asian scholars and professionals
International Fellowships Program (IFP)
Partner Organization: Ford Foundation
PSSC is one among some 20 international partner organizations of the Ford Foundation in administering the International Fellowships Program (IFP) in 21 countries around the world. This international partnership assigns PSSC the responsibility of promoting the program in the Philippines, recruiting applicants from the program’s special target groups, screening and reviewing applications, and selecting and interviewing IFP semi-finalists and finalists.
Program Objective: Through this program, Ford Foundation aims to expand opportunities for certain groups and sectors of society that have historically had little to no access to advanced education and its benefits.
Target Beneficiaries: Individuals from sectors of society that lack access to education but wish to pursue graduate studies
International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour
Partner Organization: International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour
The International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour is a research fund program providing generous support to four graduate students who are undertaking theses or dissertations centered on the alarming issue of child labor within the country.
Program Objective: Given that the International Labor Organization’s goal is to combat child labor through partnering with various local organizations, the program seeks to provide financial support for comprehensive research efforts directed at the issue.
Target beneficiaries: Four graduate students whose thesis or dissertations focus on the issue of child labor
Asian Fellowship Program
Partner Organizations: Agricultural Development Council (ADC), Mid-West Universities Consortium for International Activities, Inc., Washington State University / Indonesia Program
Date: Early 1980s
The Asian Fellowship program is an effort to provide financial support to Asian graduate students in the Philippines pursuing studies in the social sciences, agriculture, and rural development.
Program Objective: The program's objective is to encourage institutional support in these academic disciplines and provide opportunities to enrich studies within these fields and thus encourage students who are interested in taking up these undergraduate programs.
Target Beneficiaries: Graduate students taking up studies in the field of social sciences, agriculture, and rural development
The Mid-West Universities Consortium for International Activities, Inc., the Washington State University/Indonesia Program and the Agricultural Development Council’s (ADC) Asian Fellowship Program was administered by PSSC in the early 80s. The Asian Fellowship Program was designed to provide full financial support to Asian graduate students pursuing social science-related courses in the Philippines and specializing in agriculture and rural development.
In 1999 – 2001, PSSC was requested by the ILO Manila Office to administer a small research fund for its International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour. The grant program provided generous support to graduate students whose thesis/dissertation specifically focused on the issue of child labor. Four graduate students benefited from the program.
Moreover, the Ford Foundation sought PSSC’s partnership to implement the Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP) in the Philippines. This program represents the Ford Foundation’s largest-ever grant-making activity which seeks to expand opportunities for graduate education to those groups and sectors of society which historically, have lacked access to the benefits of advanced education. PSSC is one among some 20 international partner organizations of the Ford Foundation which implemented the IFP in 21 countries around the world. As international partner, PSSC is responsible for promoting IFP in the Philippines, recruiting applicants from the Program’s special target groups, screening and reviewing applications, and selecting and interviewing IFP semi-finalists and finalists. The program ran for 10 years, from 2001 to 2011.
PSSC was likewise approached by the Asian Scholarships Foundation (a Ford Foundation-funded and Bangkok-based organization) to administer its ASIA Fellowships Awards (AFA) in the Philippines. The AFA provided support to young scholars and mid-career professionals in the conduct of research in another Asian country for a period of six to nine months, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, and arts and culture. PSSC was responsible for the promotion of the program, recruitment, initial screening, and shortlisting of Filipino candidates for the AFA. PSSC also provided logistical assistance to foreign AFA fellows who opted to do their research in the Philippines. Over the 8-year period (2002-2010), PSSC facilitated the selection of 24 Filipino AFA fellows from the academe, government, and nongovernment organizations, and assisted 12 foreign fellows who did their research in the country.
From 2007 to 2013, PSSC helped the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) in implementing the PCPD Graduate Fellowship and Research Grant Program, which seeks to provide funding support to young Filipino scholars interested in pursuing a graduate degree at a local institution or undertake research in the field of population and development. PSSC’s tasks include the promotion of the program, collection and review of applications, shortlisting of candidates, monitoring of the academic progress of selected fellows/grantees, and financial administration. Under the program, 13 individuals were awarded full graduate fellowships, and 5 graduate students were given research support.
From 2022 to 2023, the Philippine Social Science Council officially inked its partnership with Rex Education, Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), and the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) to launch the Saliksik Kasaysayan fellowship program aimed at developing a compendium of historical references for history book authors. Intended for Filipino learners of all ages, the project is a response to the need to update history textbooks to create a corroboration of historical assertion and facts. The project aims to create an inclusive history that is reflective of the multiethnic background of the Filipino nation.