DOST Scholarship AY 2024-2025: Do you want to pursue a college education but lack the resources to do so? Thankfully, the government is offering scholarship grants for those who are less fortunate but deserving. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is one of the organizations that offers these scholarships. Being a DOST scholar can help you in many ways. It can lessen the burden of your parents supporting your studies, especially knowing that a college education requires thousands of pesos every semester. So, the question is, how can you become a DOST scholar? Here are a few things you should know:
Types of DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship
- MERIT: Under RA No. 2067, the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics who wish to pursue careers in science and technology.
- R.A. 7687: Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994,” grants scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socioeconomic status does not exceed certain cut-off values. Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics education.
DOST Scholarship Exam Schedule
The Department of Science and Technology—Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has announced that the in-person pen and paper qualifying exam for the 2023 scholarship will be held on April 6–7, 2023. If you’re interested in applying for the 2024 DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship, you’ll be pleased to know that they are now accepting applications. The deadline for submission of applications is December 31, 2023.
DOST Scholarship 2023 Qualifications
Before you take the examination, there are some requirements and qualifications you need to meet. Not everyone is eligible for the DOST scholarship. Do you want to know if you are qualified? Check the details below:
- Graduating Grade 12 male and female students in SY 2023-2024:
- STEM STRAND: All students belonging to the STEM class.
- NON-STEM STRAND: Must be in the top 5% of the graduating class, if belonging to the non-STEM strand.
- Graduate of Grade 12 before SY 2023-2024 and did not enroll in college yet:
- STEM STRAND: All students belonging to the STEM class
- NON-STEM STRAND: Must be in the top 5% of the graduating class
- Graduate of high school before the K–12 program. Must belong to the top 5% of the graduating class.
- Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen.
- Must be of good moral character and in good health.
- May have taken the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination but did not qualify for the scholarship; or may have qualified for the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship but did not avail of the award; or may have not taken any DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination.
- Must NOT have earned any post-secondary units.
To be able to get the scholarship, the applicant should enter state universities or colleges, network institutions recognized by DOST-SEI, and Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development by CHED-identified tertiary institutions. You must make sure that you pass the entrance examination for the institution or universities you have applied to.
DOST-SEI Scholarship Requirements
Here are the documents to prepare prior to filing your DOST-SEI Undergraduate S&T Scholarship application:
1. Click the links below to download the forms and print them on A4 bond paper.
2. Ensure that these forms are completed by the appropriate authorities, officials, or individuals as specified on each form.
3. Verify that each form is properly signed.
4. Scan or photograph each completed form and save the file.
5. Name each file: (Surname-Form __) when saving it.
6. Submit each form via the E-Application System’s Upload Module. Each file should be uploaded using the appropriate upload field.
|Certificate of Good Moral Character
|Certificate of Good Health
|Principal’s Certification (Graduating Grade 12 senior high school-STEM strand class)
|Principal’s Certification (Non-STEM, top 5% of graduating class)
|Principal’s Certification (attending homeschool)
|Principal’s Certification (under ALS)
|Principal’s Certification (pre-K to 12 and belongs to upper 5% of graduating class)
|Certificate of Residency
|Parent’s Certification – Applicant has no pending immigration application to another country
|DOST-SEI Scholarship Examination/Award
|Applicant’s Certification of No Post-Secondary Units
|Signed Declaration of Applicant and the Parent/Legal Guardian
|Recent picture, passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
|Must show face of the Applicant, 80% of the picture
Must be colored, with white background
With the name tag position at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin): Full name, handwritten- First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any (e.g. JUAN C. DELA CRUZ, JR.), and signature over printed name
Taken within the last three (3) months prior to filing of application
|Readable copy. May be issued by the PSA, NSO or the Municipal Registry Office.
|Parent/s or Legal Guardian’s or Spouse’s 2022 Income Tax Return / BIR Form 1701 / Employment Contract for OFW / BIR Certificate of Exemption from Filing of ITR / Certificate of Indigency / Certificate of Employment with Compensation / Proof of Pension
|Clear, signed copy.
Annual Gross Income must be clearly indicated in the document.
The particular document depends on the parent’s class of worker.
|Notarized Affidavit of Guardianship
|Must be submitted if the applicant is being supported by a guardian other than the parents
|Must be submitted if the applicant is married
Class of Workers
How to Apply
When you have completed and scanned or photographed all of the necessary documents, as well as the previously mentioned information, access the DOST-SEI Undergraduate S&T Scholarship. When filling out the required information, please make sure that all of the names and words are spelled correctly. Make sure your internet connection is stable before continuing.
Step 1: Register to the System
Make sure to use a valid e-mail address. You will be advised of the status of your application and other announcements relative to your application through the email account that you use during registration.
Step 2: Answer the Eligibility Module
Answer the questions in the Eligibility Module, which can be accessed via the link in the email you received. If you are ineligible to apply for the scholarship, you will be sent a Notice of Disqualification via email.
Step 3: Fill out the Application Form and Upload Documents
If you are eligible to apply for the undergraduate scholarship, proceed to the following modules:
- Personal Data
- Contact Information
- Family Data
- Financial Contribution
- Household Information Questionnaire
- School, Course, and Grades
- The system only accepts.jpeg,.png,.bmp, and.pdf file types.
- The system accepts multiple files with a maximum size of 5MB per upload.
Ex. You photographed each of the three pages of your Transcript of Records. As a result, you must upload three different files to meet the same requirement. To upload it, click the Upload File button and select all of the files you want to submit.
After you’ve selected the files, you can view a preview to see if you’ve selected the correct and complete files. When you are certain that you have selected the correct and complete files, click the Upload button.
You can check the files you submitted after uploading them by pressing the Preview button. If you uploaded an incorrect or incomplete file, you must repeat the uploading process and upload the correct and complete files to overwrite the previously uploaded document(s).
Step 4: Select Your Test Center Location
If you are among the successful applicants, you can choose your preferred test center location based on your permanent, current, or school address. This choice will determine where you will take the qualifying exam. Once you submit your preference, you cannot change it anymore, so you should carefully think about where you will be on the exam date.
Step 5: Review Your Application
Make sure that you have accomplished all the modules with true information and correct spellings and uploaded all the required documents before you press the SUBMIT button. You can no longer make any change in the information you provided in your application once submitted.
DOST Scholarship Benefits
Now that you have chosen your course and passed the DOST scholarship examination, what are the benefits you can get? Here are they:
- School Tuition and Other expenses: – DOST scholarship is offering P10, 000 or P8, 000 per semester.
- P10,000 book allowance.
- P500 allowance for PE uniform accredited for the first year semester.
- Students who are studying outside their home province will be granted a roundtrip allowance.
- Those who acquire the course under the Bachelor of Science in Mining, Geology, Physics, Applied Physics, and Physics Teaching will receive a support of P5,000.
- P4,000 is the allowance given every month for DOST-SEI major or priority courses.
- If the curriculum requires summer classes, P1,500 is granted to the scholar for tuition and other school fees.
- There is a second book allowance of P500, but you must submit an official receipt
The Pros of Being a DOST Scholar
Students who take the DOST scholarship examination are to lessen the burden of their parents supporting their tuition and school expenses. Lots of students are aiming to become scholars, but only a few deserving ones were chosen. What are the pros of being a DOST scholar?
They will support you financially.
Some Filipino parents find it hard to support all of their children in college. To continue their college years, they are urging their children to take the DOST scholarship examination. Once you pass the test, you will be given P10,000 or P8,000 in financial support for your school tuition every semester. Other than this, DOST will provide other allowances for books and other expenses while in college.
You will be driven to work harder.
Being a DOST scholar means you need to maintain your grade. If you want to stay as a DOST scholar, diligence and perseverance are needed. Knowing that you need to maintain your grade, you will be more encouraged to work harder than usual.
You can learn how to be more independent.
Your parents are working hard to support all your basic needs, but as you grow up, you know that you need to work on your own. Being a DOST scholar does not mean that you need to find a job, but it will give you a sense of responsibility. Working hard to continue being a scholar means that you are learning how to become independent.
The Cons of Being a Scholar
Although we have talked about the positive things about the DOST scholarship, we know that it has a few disadvantages. Though it is up to you if you think that these disadvantages are good enough to discourage you.
You need to deal with pressure.
Maintaining grades puts pressure on you, especially when the subject is getting more difficult in the next few semesters. That is why it is important to choose the courses that you like when you plan to take the examination with the DOST scholarship.
You must serve in the country for several years, the same as the year you enjoyed the benefits of the DOST scholarship.
If you are planning to go abroad after graduation, the government will not allow you to do that unless you finished your service inside the country for some time. Well, this would not create too many problems because, after serving in the country, you can plan to work abroad.
Being a scholar is a responsibility. If you become a DOST awardee, you must cherish it and work hard to benefit from the DOST scholarship. You must also learn all about the terms and regulations of being a scholar. I have mentioned above the agreements for being a DOST scholar. It is your responsibility to know about it as you file your DOST scholar application.
The government is giving benefits to deserving ones, especially to those students who are taking their studies seriously and eagerly. Do not take this opportunity for granted. Only a few students are accredited with the DOST scholarship.
According to some students who became DOST scholars, it changed their lives in a great way. “You do not have to graduate magna cum laude. The fact na scholar ka karon [you are already a scholar], successful ka na [you are already successful] is what Kim Dianne Ligue said, a DOST scholar who graduated as magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. Although being awarded a DOST scholarship is challenging, it helped her parents in many ways, and they did not worry about how they could support her studies.
You see, if there is a will, there is always a way. If you lack in financial capability to support your studies, do not lose hope easily. The government is offering several scholarships to help you with your financial problems. As they see that you are deserving, they are willing to support your studies. Study hard and do everything to reach your goals. Work hard to achieve your goals in life. Work hard to help your parents in your own simple way. Applying for the DOST scholarship might be as challenging as you think, but as you work hard toward it, you will probably welcome success and be a DOST scholar until the end of your college years.