Portfolio: Grants and Awards


  • Local Government Academy (Department of the Interior and Local Government), Government Innovations, Co-Investigator, PI: Alex B. Brillantes, June 2018-December 2019
  • United Nations Development Programme, 2015 Rapid Field Appraisal, Copy Editor, Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA), April-May 2017
  • United Nations Development Programme, Philippine Governance Digest, Managing Director, PSPA, December 2016-October 2017
  • United Nations Development Programme & various local government units, 2017 PSPA International Conference, Conference Deputy Secretary General, January-November 2017


  • Regional Academy on the United Nations, Fellowship, June-December 2020, Vienna Austria; Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary (moved online)
  • The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), TFAS International Program (€3.000), July 2020, Prague, Czech Republic – cancelled (due to COVID-19)
  • United Nations Office at Geneva, Graduate Study Programme, sole delegate from Southeast Asia (50+ delegates), July 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
  • VLIR-UOS, full scholarship (app. €17.530,45), KU Leuven, September 2018-September 2019, Leuven, Belgium
  • University of Antwerp, full scholarship (app. €17.000), 1 out of 12 selected scholars (total of 320 applicants), September 2018-2019, Antwerp, Belgium – declined
  • Central European University, 80% of tuition fee waiver & monthly stipend (app. €13.200), September 2018-September 2019, Budapest, Hungary – declined
  • University of Padua, full tuition fee waiver (€2.622,00), September 2018-September 2019, Padua, Italy – declined
  • People Engaged in People Projects Foundation Inc. full scholarship (app. €9.165), non-diploma program (NGO-work related), Santa Croce University, October 2014 – April 2015, Rome, Italy
  • University of the Philippines, Scholar of the Nation, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, Quezon City, Philippines
  • University of the Philippines Integrated School, Scholar of the Nation (selected only 160 students out of thousands who applied, and only accepted students at kindergarten and 1st year high school level), kindergarten to high school, Quezon City, Philippines

(full scholarship: all expenses including board and lodging and travel costs in in-person events)


  • (forthcoming) University of Lausanne, subsidized program, Winter School, February 2021, Lausanne, Switzerland (online)
  • University of Antwerp, full scholarship, Masterclass, October 2020, Antwerp, Belgium – cancelled (due to COVID-19)
  • University of Copenhagen, full scholarship, PhD Workshop, October 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark (moved online)
  • University of Hohenheim (funded by German Federal Ministry for Education and Research), full scholarship, Humboldt Summer School (winner of 2014 Ars Legendi prize for excellence in teaching), September 2020, Stuttgart, Germany (moved online)
  • United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies & Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, full scholarship (€1.000), Summer School, September 2020, Brugge, Belgium (moved online)
  • Institute of Advanced Studies Köszeg & University of Pannonia (funded by UNESCO), subsidized program, Winter School, February 2020, Köszeg, Hungary
  • Royal Society of Arts, bursary, 2020 membership, London, UK
  • Charles University (funded by IOM Prague), subsidized program, August 2019, Summer School, Prague, Czech Republic
  • KU Leuven, full scholarship, Field School, Febuary 2019, Brussels, Belgium
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (funded by JICA), full scholarship, LEADING Asia Seminar, October 2017, Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Graz, David-Herzog-Fonds scholarship (€1.500), 1 out of 5 scholars, Summer School, July 2017, Graz, Austria
  • Coursera, full scholarship, eight online courses, 2017-2018
    • Financial Markets (Yale University)
    • Changing Global Order (Universiteit Leiden)
    • Political Economy of Institutions and Development (Universiteit Leiden)
    • Geopolitics of Europe (Sciences Po)
    • Moral Foundation of Politics (Yale University)
    • Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World (University of London)
    • Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century (University of Virginia)
    • Corruption (University of Pennsylvania)
  • EdX, 90% scholarship, two online courses, 2017
    • Leaders of Learning (Harvard University)
    • Solving Public Policy Problems: UC Berkeley’s Eightfold Path (UC Berkeley)


  • Greifswald International Students Festival e.V., full scholarship, International Student Festival: Ego to Echo, June 2020, Greifswald, Germany – cancelled (due to COVID 19)
  • UN Office for South-South Cooperation, full scholarship, training program, March 2020, Hong Kong SAR, China (moved online) – declined (due to the change in program schedule)
  • Association Giovani nel Mondo, partial scholarship, Rome International Careers Festival, November 2019, Rome, Italy – declined (due to the change in program schedule)
  • United Nations Youth Association of Leuven, subsidized program, MUN Training, October-November 2019, Leuven, Belgium
  • Asia-Europe Foundation, full scholarship, ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, September 2019, New Delhi, India
  • The Asia Foundation & Australian Aid, full scholarship, Policy Workshop, April 2018, Quezon City, Philippines
  • All-China Youth Federation, full scholarship, Philippine Youth Leaders’ Visit to China (1 out of 47 Ambassadors of Goodwill), September 2017, Beijing, Henan and Shanghai, China
  • World Youth Alliance, subsidized program, Certified Training Program on Human Rights, Human Dignity and International Law, May-July 2017, Quezon City, Philippines


  • (forthcoming) Ashoka U & George Mason University, registration fee waiver ($349), Ashoka U Exchange 2021: Higher Education as an Engine for Social Innovation, Arlington, VA, USA (online)
  • Global Solutions Initiative, registration fee waiver (€1,800), 2020 Global Solutions Summit (1 of the 400 chosen delegates out of the total 3,600 applicants), Berlin, Germany (moved online)
  • UNICEF, travel grant, 2019 Global Forum on Migration & Development, Quito, Ecuadordeclined (due to the change in conference schedule)
  • Philippine Social Science Council, travel grant, 2018 TASPAA Conference, Taipei, Taiwan
  • UP NCPAG, conference grant, 2017 RI Singapore Conference, Manila, Philippines
  • UP NCPAG, conference grant, 2017 FASTCO Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • UP NCPAG, conference grant, 2016 PSPA Conference, Manila, Philippines


  • A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awardee: Rising Star, Emerging Scholar, Graduate Student Category, The Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR Scholars Network), 8 December 2020, link: https://starscholars.org/awards2020/
  • Magna cum laude, Master of Science in International Politics, KU Leuven, September 2019-September 2020
  • Cum laude, Advanced Master of Science in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, KU Leuven, September 2018-September 2019
  • Summa cum laude ranking, ranked 1st out of 23 graduates (in total 300+ students in the program), Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of the Philippines (UP), graduation in August 2018 (coursework from January 2016-September 2017)
  • Completed with honors, Financial Markets, Yale University in Coursera, March 2018
  • Consistent University Scholar, MPA, UP, 2nd Sem AY 2015-16, 1st & 2nd Sem AY 2016-17
  • Obtained the highest average, MPA, UP, AY 2016
  • Obtained the highest grade in the Comprehensive Examination, MPA, UP, exam taken on 29 August and 5 September 2017
  • Graduated with high distinction, Basic Land Use Planning, University of the Philippines Open University, January-May 2016
  • Graduated with high distinction and ranked third, Personal Entrepreneurial Development, University of the Philippines Open University, August-December 2015
  • Magna cum laude average, postgraduate study on Humanities (NGO-work related), Santa Croce University, October 2014-April 2015
  • Magna cum laude average, two-year non-diploma program on Philosophy (NGO-work related), KALFI, Quezon City, Philippines, April 2011-April 2013
  • Honor Graduate Eligibility – Presidential Decree 207, Philippine Civil Service Commission
  • Cum laude, Bachelor’s degree, UP
  • University Scholar, UP, twice during bachelor’s degree
  • College Scholar, UP, twice during bachelor’s degree
  • Cum laude, Secondary education, University of the Philippines Integrated School
  • 2nd prize in Math, Nursery, St. Anthony School
Non-academic/Not purely academic
  • 2020 Cohort of Women Leaders in Southeast Asia, Young Southeast Asia Leaders’ Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy Alumni Network, May 2020, link: http://southeastasiawomen.org/categories/education.html
  • Most Outstanding Volunteer, Philippine Society for Public Administration, 18 November 2017
  • Most Outstanding Award (1 of 20 awardees; out of app. 220 students), 6th Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS), and National Community Leadership Institute, 13 February 2017, awarding held at NUS
  • Team of the Year (out of 16 teams), 6th Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Singapore, NUS, and National Community Leadership Institute, 13 February 2017, awarding held at NUS
  • Best in Demo Teaching, Tech Factors Inc.
  • Most Creative Design, University of the Philippines Home Economics
  • Best in Tongue Twister, University of the Philippines Integrated School
  • Received various non-academic awards (Best in Deportment, Leadership Award, etc.), Nursery until Kindergarten
Memberships with competitive selection process
  • Member, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program, conferred in December 2020
  • Member (by invitation only), ASEAN Think Tanks Network, invited in November 2020
  • Rising Star, Wedu, conferred in October 2020
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, conferred in November 2019
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, conferred in June 2018
  • Associate Member, National Research Council of the Philippines, conferred in June 2018
  • Senior Member of Royal Institution of Research, Royal Institution Singapore, conferred in September 2017
  • Senior Member of Royal Institution of Public Administrators, Royal Institution Singapore, conferred in December 2016


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