Visiting Research Fellowship Program

In order to advance networking and collaboration among social science scholars locally and internationally, the Third World Studies Center grants research affiliation to students, faculty, and researchers who specialize in political economy and development issues, with particular interest in the Philippines. The affiliation offers institutional support and provides for a Visiting Research Fellow position in the university.

As a research fellow, the Center provides a welcome kit, office space at the Center, access to the university libraries and facilities at the Center, and contact with other students, faculty, researchers, and civil society groups involved in the research topic within the course of his or her stay in the country.

Research fellows are, in turn, must conduct a full briefing on his/her research to the TWSC research staff during the first week of his fellowship, present the findings of their research with the TWSC research staff in an in-house roundtable discussion at the end of their fellowship, and submit a publishable research note for the Center’s journal, Kasarinlan.

Application Requirements


Individuals interested in the Research Affiliation Program should submit the following (as of 2021):


  • Filled-out and signed VRF Terms of Reference
  • A signed letter of application addressed to the Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II, LLM; cc in the letter the TWSC Director, Dr. Soledad Natalia M. Dalisay;
  • A research proposal or plan, including an itinerary of their activities, purpose, length of affiliation, and expected outcome;
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s university, institution, adviser, or known scholars working on the applicant’s field of research;
  • A copy of transcript of records and diploma (for students), and certificate of employment (for faculty and NGO researchers);
  • Two (2) copies of 2×2 ID pictures;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • VRF fee

Ethics Clearance

Depending on the nature of the research, the Third World Studies Center may recommend for the research protocol to be subjected under review. The review process with the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Ethics Review Board (CSSP-ERB) may take up to 35 working days to complete, this is why applicants are encouraged to initiate the process two months before the planned date of affiliation with the Center. Learn more about the CSSP-ERB’s process here.

Affiliation Fee

The affiliation fee payment is USD 100.00/month covering the entire period of the fellowship, regardless of use of University facilities and other resources. Applicants may apply for a fifty percent discounted rate if he or she meets certain conditions specified in the VRF Terms of Reference.

Research Topics

Studies should be within the Center’s current research clusters. For more information, please email the program coordinator, Larah Del Mundo at