Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship


The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship Programme

The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) programme trains young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organisations across the globe. It 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. Scholars obtain 2 MA degrees, one from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in Political Science with a major in Global Politics and the second from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in an area related to peace building.


Description and Overview of Scholarship

This 18-21 month (depending on English proficiency) intensive academic programme begins in March 2019 and is accomplished in six terms:

Period Programme Module

March to June 2019

Ateneo de Manila University - 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 at the Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC).

June to August 2019

Ateneo de Manila University - 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 at the Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC), together with the students who successfully completed Module 1.

June to August 2019

Ateneo de Manila University - Philippines

Specialised MA Coursework in Political Science major in Global Politics, 1st leg

August 2019 to May 2020

UPEACE - Costa Rica

Specialised MA Coursework:

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

Areas of study include:

• Peace and Conflict
• International Law and Human Rights
• Environment and Development

June to November 2020

Ateneo de Manila University - Philippines

Specialised MA Coursework, 2nd leg

Field Project: Participants will implement field projects in Asia, principally in the Philippines.

Specialised MA Coursework, 3rd leg

December 2020

Ateneo de Manila University - Philippines



About the programme

MA in Political Science at Ateneo de Manila University

Students spend approximately 7 months in total undertaking an MA degree in Political Science, Major in Global Politics (non-thesis track) at AdMU. Their studies are split into two phases: 1. MA Coursework before departing for Costa Rica and 2. MA Coursework after completing studies in Costa Rica.
The Master of Arts in Political Science, Major in Global Politics is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the globalizing world particularly the interaction of states and non-state actors such as international organizations, advocacy groups, firms and social movements, among others that have increasingly become influential in shaping global issues such as climate change, women’s and human rights, etc.

MA in Area Related to Peacebuilding at UPEACE

For 9.5 months APS scholars will undertake an MA degree of their selection at UPEACE Main Campus in Costa Rica. All programmes maintain a focus on the core concepts of peace, as well as providing students with robust frameworks of analysis that will enable them to understand the complex challenges now facing the international community.

APS students are able to select from the following MA programmes:

1. International Peace Studies

2. Media, Peace and Conflict Studies

3. Gender and Peacebuilding

4. Peace Education

5. International Law and Human Rights

6. Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

7. International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

8. Environment, Development and Peace

• Specialisation in Sustainable Food Systems

• Specialisation in Climate Change Policy

• Specialisation in Environmental Security and Governance

• Specialisation in Natural Resource Management



Application Information

Number of Scholarships Available:

Thirty (30)


At least two years of relevant work/volunteer experience
A first degree from a reputable institution
Preference given to nationals of Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.


The APS scholarship covers tuition, airfare, transit and some visa costs for all programme components. A monthly stipend of 700 USD is provided to students throughout the duration of the programme.

Selection Process:

Review of submitted documents
Interview of short-listed candidates

Application Requirements:

Application Documents
English Proficiency Test Scores Report
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Copy of Diploma
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Copy of Passport
Marriage Certificate
Passport size photo


Minimum Level of English Proficiency of Applicants

Type of English Test Intermediate Advanced

TOEFL Paper based



TOEFL Computer based (CBT)



TOEFL Internet based (IBT)




APPLICATION PERIOD: February - July 16, 2018

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