Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Philippine Association for China Studies (PACS), UP Diliman and the UP Asian Center is now offering the “AMBASSADOR CHITO STA. ROMANA THESIS/DISSERTATION GRANT FOR CHINA STUDIES.” The grant is open to all graduate students from the University of the Philippines Asian Center and the Tri-College PhD Philippine Studies Program. Deadline of applications is on 30 November 2022.


In memory of the late Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, who served as a Professorial Lecturer at the Asian Center, the grant is in support of graduate research related to China/Chinese Studies. The grant shall be offered for the Academic Years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.
Each approved application shall receive up to PhP 80,000 per year contingent on the number and merit of the applications.


     1.   Must be undertaking a Master of Arts thesis or PhD dissertation related to China/Chinese Studies;
     2.   Must be on active status (i.e., currently enrolled or in residency status);
     3.   Must have successfully defended a thesis/dissertation proposal or, are already in the writing stage at the time of application;
     4.   Must have submitted a progress report certified by the thesis/dissertation adviser.


1.   Application letter addressed to:
        The Selection Committee
        The Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana Research Grant
        Through: The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman
2.   Endorsement from the thesis or dissertation adviser indicating capacity of the student and potential contribution of the study to knowledge and development of China/Chinese Studies.
3.   Copy of approved thesis or dissertation proposal.
4.   Certification of research proposal approval .
5.   Certification of at least GWA of 1.75.
Applications must be submitted to the Asian Center - Office of the College Secretary (OCS) through email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Subject line must follow the format: [Last Name, First Name]_Sta. Romana Grant Application.

For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8 981 8500 local 3580.
The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.