The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship 2015/2016 for MA degree

Deadline: 28 August 2014
Open to: students from all over Asia
Scholarship: all tuition fees, the language-training module, academic materials, air travel, living expenses and basic insurance


The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organisations across the globe. The programme offers intensive, specialised language training to facilitate participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, as well as the hands-on design and implementation of an intensive field project in Asia. MA coursework in an areas related to peace building (various specialisations available) and global politics are undertaken at UPEACE and AdMU respectively.


Applications are accepted from students all over Asia, with preference given to students who:
1. Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field;
2. Have Bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution;
3. Demonstrate a compelling desire to work on issues related to peace and conflict;
4. Demonstrate a commitment to learning in an international and multi-cultural environment.
5. Are from countries where English is not widely spoken, particularly Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students from all over Asia: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea North, Korea South, Kuwait Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Oman Pakistan, The Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen can apply for this Asian Peacebuilders scholarship (but preference will be given to those countries where English is not widely spoken, particularly: Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines).


This 18 – 21 month (depending on English proficiency) intensive academic programme begins in March 2015 and is accomplished in five terms:

  1. Language training at AdMU in the Philippines (6 months for candidates with intermediate English, 3 months for candidates with advanced English).
  2. MA coursework at the UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica (various specialisations available).
  3. MA coursework at the AdMU campus in the Philippines.
  4. The implementation of a field project.
  5. MA coursework at AdMU campus in the Philippines.

Thirty admitted applicants will be granted a full scholarship, provided by The Nippon Foundation. This includes: all tuition fees, the language-training module, academic materials, air travel, living expenses and basic insurance during the period of studies.

The APS offers theoretical and practical post graduate education to young Asian professionals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, providing them with a deep understanding of the central issues of peace building. Participants will broaden their knowledge base and will be able to engage with the major concepts, themes and debates within peace studies, preparing themselves for work with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN and other organizations.

Furthermore, this programme empowers participants to conceptualize the key challenges faced by the international community, as well as the most promising potential courses of action through an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective.


The application deadline is 28 August 2014.

To apply, please click here.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.

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