The Balik Scientist Program (BSP) was established in 1975 to encourage overseas Filipino scientists, professionals and technologists to return in the Philippines, and share their expertise in order to accelerate the scientific, agro-industrial and economic development of the country.
Presidential Decree No. 819 dated 24 October 1975 by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos established the BSP for a period of five (5) years. Letter of Instruction No. 1044 dated 18 July 1980 extended the implementation of the BSP up to 1986. On 25 October 1993, former President Fidel V. Ramos revived and instituted the BSP under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through Executive Order No. 130.
The BSP aims to strengthen the scientific and technological human resources of academic, public and private institutions in order to accelerate the flow of technologies and stimulate the development of new or strategically important technologies that are vital to national development and progress.
TYPES OF PROGRAMS
1. Long-Term Program
It is a program utilizing the expertise of expatriate Filipino Scientists and Technologists with a duration of at least two (2) years in the case of Balik Scientist and three (3) years in the case of New Graduates*.
*An S&T expert or professional who has obtained his/her graduate degree for not more than two (2) years prior to filing of application to the Program
2. Short-Term Program
It is a program utilizing the expertise of expatriate Filipino Scientists and Technologists with a duration of at least 30 days, maximum of 90 days.