What is ICSP?

The In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP) launched its pilot scholarship offering in June 2012. Through the initiative and generous support of the Australian government, 99 postgraduate scholarship grants were awarded to targeted professionals based in Mindanao, especially in conflict and post-conflict affected areas.

This pioneering batch of cohorts pursued post-graduate degrees in education, social protection and community development, urban planning and infrastructure development, public administration and governance, programs in peace and development, human resource and organisational development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management.

The Australian Government delivered ICSP through its Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program-Philippines (AAAEP-P) and in partnership with academic institutions that offer these study areas in both Mindanao and Metro Manila.

In July 2015, the expanded ICSP was introduced. ICSP 2 intends to build a pool of potential leaders and technical professionals who can contribute in pursuing Bangsamoro development priorities.

The ICSP is an initiative to complement the Australia Awards Scholarships, that sponsored over 2,500 of the best and brightest Filipinos undertake post-graduate studies in Australia’s leading universities in the past two decades. It affords professional development opportunities for Filipinos who are unable to study in Australia because of work or family demands. More so, it will also provide more options for people with disabilities who have particular care requirements.