Deadline: 14 August 2020
The Nippon Foundation, the University forPeace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) have announced the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship.
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 languagetrainingto facilitate the participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, thus allowing them to study in bothCosta Ricaand ThePhilippines. Scholars obtain a Master ofArts Degree from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in an area related to peacebuilding, and a Master´s Degree in Transdisciplinary and Social Development from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU).
The APS is an intensive academic study programme targeted towards young professionals fromAsia. Academic study takes place in Costa Rica and The Philippines and is made up of the following elements:
- intensive language learning component,
- M.A. at UPEACE,
- M.S. at AdMU in Transdisciplinary and Social Development,
- field project implementation.
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.
This 18.5 – 21.5 month programme (depending on English proficiency), is scheduled to begin in March 2021 and is to be completed over six terms:
- March-June 2021 (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.
- June-August 2021 (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
- July-August 2021 (The Philippines), Modular Coursework, 1st leg
- The courses offer solid theoretical grounding, conceptual tools, and practical skills in understanding and taking direct action on the complex issues of equity, justice, and peace confronting the communities and peoples of, in, and from the Global South. Through intensive academic training on sociologically and anthropologically-informed social analysis, applied research, and engagements with professionals. Students will experience and learn the art and science of development work, formulating solutions and interventions, and conducting studies in international and local settings.
- August 2021-May 2022 (Costa Rica), Specialized Coursework
- Students will continue their studies in one of the Specialized M.A. programmes offered by UPEACE. Areas of study include Peace and Conflict Studies, International Law, andEnvironmentand Development.
- June-November 2022 (The Philippines)
- Modular Coursework, 2nd leg
- Field Project Implementation (principally in The Philippines)
- Modular Coursework, 3rd leg
- Mid December 2022 (The Philippines), Graduation/Commencement
Applications are accepted from students all over Asia, with preference given to students who:
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- 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.
- Have Bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution.
- Demonstrate a compelling desire to work on issues related to peace and conflict.
- Demonstrate a commitment to learning in an international and multi-cultural environment.
- 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.
- Important: The following information is regarding the application process specifically for the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) dual degree programme. Only applicants from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and The Philippines will be considered for this programme. Candidates who are selected for an interview but who are NOT offered a scholarship under the APS will automatically be consider for regular admission to UPEACE and offered a 50% tuition waiver.
Required Supporting Documents to be Uploaded:
- English-language Proficiency Test Scores Report
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation (AdMU recommendation letter form).
- Official Undergraduate Transcript of Records (Transcript of records for Master’s/Ph.D./Doctoraldegree/Study Abroad, if applicable)
- Certificate of Graduation (Diploma)
- Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
- Copy of Passport
- Passport-size photo
For more information, visit https://www.upeace.org/departments/asian-peacebuilders-scholarships
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