Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship 2020/2021

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The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peacebuilding practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organisations across the globe. In particular, the programme serves to strengthen the representation of Asian professionals with expertise in Asian issues.

The programme offers intensive, specialised language training to facilitate the participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, thus allowing them to study in both Costa Rica and the Philippines. Scholars obtain a Master of Arts Degree from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in an area related to peacebuilding, and a Master of Science Degree in Social Development from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU).

Scholarship Benefits

Students selected to participate in the APS programme receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, airfare, transit and some visa costs for all programme components, and a monthly stipend. The programme facilititates up to 30 students per cohort.

Student Profile

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. Excellent candidates with less work experience are considered for participation on a case-by-case basis. Voluntary work, internships and student activities may be considered as work experience, if relevant for the programme.

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, but not limited to, Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Programme Overview

The APS is an intensive academic study programme targeted towards young professionals from Asia. Academic study takes place in Costa Rica and The Philippines and is made up of the following elements: 1) intensive language learning component, 2) M.A. at UPEACE, 3) M.S. at AdMU in Social Development, and 4) completion of programme requirements.

This 18.5 – 21.5 month programme (depending on English proficiency), is scheduled to begin in March 2020 and is to be completed over six terms:

1. March-June 2020 (The Philippines), English Module 1: Intermediate English Training

Accepted applicants with an intermediate level of English language proficiency will participate in this first module of English Training.

2. June-August 2020 (The Philippines), English Module 2: Advanced Academic English Training

Applicants with a high level of English language proficiency will start the programme with English module 2, together with the students who successfully completed Module 1

3. July-August 2020 (The Philippines), Modular M.S. Coursework, 1st leg

4. August 2020-May 2021 (Costa Rica), Specialized M.A. Coursework

Students will continue their studies in one of the Specialized MA Programmes offered by UPEACE.

Areas of Study Include:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • International Law
  • Environment and Development

5. June-November 2021 (The Philippines), Modular M.S. Coursework, 2nd leg

Participants will complete the programme requirements, principally in the Philippines

Modular M.S. Coursework, 3rd Leg

6. Mid December 2021 (The Philippines), Graduation

Click here to review the Academic Content of APS in detail.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship 2020/2021

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