CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD Program in Molecular Biomedicine 2022

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the University of Trieste (UNITS) and Fondazione Italiana Fegato (FIF) entered into an Agreement to develop and implement a program focused on molecular hepatology within the PhD Program in Molecular Biomedicine of UNITS. This Fellowship program integrates basic research and clinics focusing on the study of molecular approaches to cancer biology, genetics, jaundice, and metabolic diseases. The duration of the program is for 3 years.
Applicant’s research interests must be aligned with the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022 (NUHRA) and Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA).


The PhD program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Develop a pool of high-quality human resources in molecular hepatology in particular who will contribute to the country’s global competitiveness and economic development;
  2. Provide opportunities to deserving students to study and obtain PhD degrees in Molecular Biomedicine in reputable institutions abroad;
  3. Contribute to the country’s health research and technological innovation capabilities through training on biomedical research; and
  4. Create the basis for a Filipino Liver Network integrating basic and clinical research in liaison with FIF.


Two positions of PhD students will be available each year at UNITS (Subject to the availability of funds)


The applicant must:

  1. Be a Filipino citizen;
  2. Be in good health condition;
  3. Not be more than 40 years old at the time of application;
  4. Hold a Master’s degree in a field relevant to health and biomedicine;
  5. Have an outstanding academic record;
  6. Passed the admission requirements for the PhD study;
  7. Passed the interview and other screening procedures;
  8. Conduct her/his research for the entire duration of the scholarship and of the PhD Program.

Scholarship Privileges

  1. Living allowance (20,000€/year);
  2. Book allowance (500€/year);
  3. Bench fee (4,000€/year);
  4. Outright dissertation grant;
  5. Health and accident insurance; and
  6. One round-trip economy fare from residence to Italy.
Selection Procedure


1st SelectionDocument Screening Documentary evaluation of the form and other requirements by DOST-PCHRD
2nd SelectionTechnical Interview Technical interview by a panel composed of DOST-PCHRD Director, FIF Scientific Director (or a FIF delegate), or a member of the PhD Program in Molecular Biomedicine of the UNITS, and other health research experts to assess:·       Academic background and learning ability·       Capacity for completing the study·       Possibility of contributing to the development of the country·       Compatibility to the university courseThe interview will take place online.
3rd and Final Selection The panel will identify the successful PhD student(s) from among the candidates selected in the Technical Interview, based on their academic records and the selection criteria as established by UNITS.

2022 Timeline

January Opening of the PCHRD Call for Applications
April 15 Application deadline
April- May Document Screening and Interview
June 15 Announcement of the selected candidate(s)
July – September Preparation of necessary documents (visa, insurance, bank account,etc.) and Signing of scholarship agreement
October Orientation of Scholars and Departure
November 1 Start of PhD program

List of Application Documents


Please submit the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Accomplished application form with recent ID picture (file sample attached below)
  3. Endorsement letter from two (2) former professors in MS program
  4. Certificate of employment (if employed, recommendation and permission to take a leave of absence from employer or head of agency while on scholarship)
  5. Certificate of Master’s Degree
  6. Transcript of records (certified true copy)
  7. Accomplished re-entry action plan form (narrative) (file sample attached below)

Applicant/s who were able to pass the 1st and 2nd round of selection will be asked to submit the following:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate (Photocopy)
  2. Valid NBI Clearance (Original)
  3. Medical Certificate as to health status from a licensed physician with his/her PRC license number indicated

Applicant/s who will be accepted in the program will be asked to submit the following before departure to Italy:

  1. Admission to Graduate Studies/Graduate School
  2. Program of Study/Course Curriculum (if available or to follow)
  3. Budgetary Requirements (attach at least 3 airfare and health and accident insurance canvasses and website references for items requested)
*Interested applicants may send their CV to for initial evaluation/screening and submit additional documents as required by the PCHRD Secretariat.

Documents must be submitted to:

For advance copy of documents, email:
For hard copy of documents, send to:
Dr. Jaime C. Montoya (c/o Jessica Marie Suerte)
Executive Director III, DOST-PCHRD
DOST Executive Lounge (PCHRD Office), DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan Taguig City 1631 Philippines
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