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Deadline:  November 15, 2011.

Masters Scholarships for Individuals from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Lao PDR

Program Overview
All applications must be submitted by November 15, 2011. No late applications will be accepted.

PURPOSE To provide opportunities and scholarships for high quality, post-graduate study in fields relevant to the development of the Mekong Sub Region, for individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and potential to become leaders in the following fields:

  • Community Health 
  • Development § Education 
  • Environment 
  • Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Media 
  • Policy, Law & Administration 
  • Social Work 

Successful students will study at prestigious international universities in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia or the Philippines. Scholars will undertake masters degrees by coursework. Courses typically take one to two years to complete. Scholars must complete the course within the specified time period on a full time basis.

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APIASF Scholarship Program

Posted: October 26, 2011 in News, Scholarship

How to Apply | Frequently Asked Questions

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Dates & Deadlines

October 1, 2011 APIASF Scholarship Application Available
January 1, 2012 FAFSA available online
January 13, 2012 Application deadline for the APIASF Scholarship
February 15, 2012 Recommended deadline for submitting FAFSA
May 2012 Application Status Notification

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2012. Please read each listing for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1
  • Submit one letter of recommendation

Are you currently a college student in your freshman, sophomore or junior year?

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Are you a high school senior, or a GED earner entering your first year of college in the Fall of 2012?

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Please note that students wishing to apply for the APIASF and Gates Millennium Scholarships MUST complete both applications.

How to Apply

The APIASF Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login from any computer with internet access. Please read all of the important instructions below as it contains information you need to complete the application process. Internet Explorer 7 or 8 Recommended.

  1. REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT. Your email address will be your user name and you can create your own password.
  2. CHECK YOUR EMAIL. Once you create an account, you will receive an email from This email will contain your verification token number to allow you to verify your email and to provide you further access to the application.

    Make sure to add to your address book to ensure that emails from APIASF are delivered to your inbox.

  3. REQUEST A RECOMMENDER. You are required to submit one letter of recommendation from an individual who knows you and is familiar with your community service and leadership activities. A teacher, advisor, work supervisor, community service leader, or any other adult familiar with you could serve as a recommender. Recommendations from relatives will not be accepted.

    To request a recommendation go to the Request Recommendation section of your application and input your recommender’s information. You can request a recommendation at any time during the application process. Once you complete this section, your recommender will receive an email from requesting a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Please contact your recommender to make sure they have received an email from and that they understand the instructions provided in the email. If your recommender does not receive the email a few hours after you sent the request, contact or call             866-274-4677       ext. 104.

    Remember it is your responsibility to ensure that your recommender submits a letter of recommendation for your application. Make sure to inform your recommender at least 3 full weeks before the deadline that you have selected them to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf and are applying for a scholarship through the APIASF Scholarship Program. Also, tell your recommender to add to their address book to ensure that emails from APIASF are delivered to their inbox.

    Your whole application, including your letter of recommendation, is due January 13, 2012, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. It is your responsibility to ensure that your letter of recommendation is submitted on time.

    Recommenders should describe the applicant’s community service, leadership skills, financial need, academic accomplishments and future plans. Recommenders should also include how the student and his/her community may benefit, if the student were to receive an APIASF scholarship.

    APIASF welcomes and appreciates any additional comments about the applicant that will help the selection committee in the evaluation process. For example, some applicants, due to family economic conditions, must work and will not have much time for service/civic engagement. If this describes the applicant’s situation, please elaborate on why he/she is a deserving student.

  4. SUBMIT AND CERTIFY YOUR APPLICATION. The deadline to submit your application for the APIASF Scholarship is January 13, 2012, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your application. You may have important questions that you need answered and we will not accept any late applications. To certify your application, you must click “Certify” on the Certification tab (TAB 10) on the online application form. Applications that are not certified will be disqualified from the scholarship process.
  5. ANSWER ADDIITONAL QUALIFICATION QUESTIONS UNDER ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS TAB. Once you submit and certify your application, some of you may be directed to the Additional Scholarships section (Tab 12) to answer any additional questions. If Tab 12 does not appear for you, then you do not need to submit any additional information. Click here to view the list of scholarships offered through the APIASF Scholarship Program.
  6. COMPLETE THE FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID (FAFSA) ONLNE. Make sure to complete the FAFSA by mid February. Applicants that are selected to the next round will be asked to submit a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated by the FAFSA. Please note that your FAFSA is not required in order to certify your online application.
  7. WAIT TO BE NOTIFIED. If you submit your complete application by the deadline, you will be notified in March on the status of your application.
  8. PASSWORDS. APIASF Staff cannot assist you in retrieving your password for your online application. You must click on the “Forgot Your Password” link on the application and follow those instructions in order to receive a new password.

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Asia Leaders Programme Fellowship
Academic Year 2012-2013

Overview of Instructions for preparing an application
Applicants must submit the following documents by 14 October 2011. Please read the guidelines carefully to determine which documentation is needed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  1. Fill out the on-line application form
  2. Gather, scan and email a PDF copy of all of the following materials:
    1. Official Undergraduate Transcript (Original or certified true copy)
    2. Official BA Degree
    3. Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
    4. Two statements of purpose, one for each of the two MA Programmes of your choice
    5. English Proficiency Scores Report
    6. Copy of Passport

    Please email all materials in PDF format (WORD format is not valid) to the following email, by 14 October 2011: We will confirm receipt of application materials by e-mail as soon as possible.

  3. Request two letters of recommendation of faculty or other individuals qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study, and have them email the letters to UPEACE.

Detailed instructions and links for preparing an application

1. ON LINE application form

2. OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE TRANSCRIPT (original or certified true copy)
Original transcript of records must be of a four-year Bachelor’s degree (first University degree) with the official grading system in the original language and must come along with an official English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and the school seal.
Certified True Copies must bear the original signature of the Registrar and the school seal. Copies certified by Public Notaries are not valid
Transcripts of records of MA programmes are not accepted

3.OFFICIAL BACHELOR’S DEGREE (original or certified true copy)
The copy of the Diploma must be in the original language and must come with its official English translation.
Certified True Copies must bear the original signature of the Registrar and the school seal. Copies certified by Public Notaries are not valid.

The Curriculum Vitae or Résumé must clearly state the following information:

  • Name of applicant
  • Applicant’s birth date
  • E-mail address
  • Postal address
  • Phone number
  • Academic background (including institution name, graduation year and degree obtained)
  • Working experience (including name of the institution, date of beginning, ending date and position)
  • Multicultural exchanges
  • Any other relevant information

The statements of purpose must be between 500 and 1000 words each, must clearly indicate which MA Programmes it is for and must respond to the following questions:

  • Why have you decided to apply to the Asia Leaders Programme?
  • What are your expectations for the UPEACE Academic Programme?
  • What are your career goals after graduation?

It is MANDATORY for all applicants. The following are the only English Proficiency Tests accepted:

TEST Intermediate level Advance level
(minimum score)
TOEFL Paper based (PBT) 513-529 530
TOEFL Computer based (CBT) 183-214 215
TOEFL Internet Based (IBT) 71-89 90
IELTS Band 5.5-6.5 Band 7.0


  1. The original scores can be also sent by ETS, British Council or IDP to UPEACE
  2. TOEIC and TOEFL-ITP are not accepted
  3. Tests of more than two years old are not valid. Applicants who took the English Test more than two years ago must repeat the test.
  4. An English Language Phone Interview may be part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified in advance if such an interview is needed.

The copy must be of the passport pages showing the following information:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Issuance and expiration date
Passport validity must be for at least 6 months after the end of the Programme (April 2014)

Some valid referees or recommenders are:

  • Former professors
  • Faculty Deans
  • Academic Advisors
  • Immediate Supervisors
  • Research Project Managers
  • Mentors

Letters from family members or close friends are not accepted.

Each letter must be attached to the Cover Form, which can be downloaded here
Forward Cover Forms to recommenders, and have them attach it to the letter of recommendation. They must scan and email both the letter and Cover Form directly to UPEACE.

Your application represents you, so be sure that it is complete and accurate and that the essays and supplementary materials represent your own work. It is not acceptable to misrepresent one’s accomplishments, to borrow from the works of others without proper acknowledgment, or to submit as one’s own material what has been written, re-written or heavily edited by others. Also the authenticity of the documents that you submit speaks to your integrity. Breaches of these protocols will result in rejection of your application.
Prior to making a final decision, if necessary UPEACE may request the applicant to send originals of the Transcripts, Certified copy of the BA Degree and the English Proficiency test results, by DHL to UPEACE in Costa Rica.

Asia Leaders Programme
(Dual Campus Master of Arts in Peace Building)

The Asia Leaders Programme, 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 their organizations.
The programme offers additional language training for candidates with intermediate English proficiency and includes an MA programme in an area related to peace building (11 specializations available!), specially designed Asia focus courses and a 4-month internship.

Description of the Programme
This 17 to 20 month (depending on English proficiency) intensive academic programme begins in March 2012 and is accomplished in four 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 (11 specializations available);
  3. Asia Focus courses at the AdMU Campus in the Philippines;
  4. A four-month internship in Asia.

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 Asia Leaders Programme 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 areas and courses of action through an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective.
Academic Schedule
From March to June 2012 (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. The intensive 3-months English training will focus on grammar, syntax and sentence formation in all four aspects of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This module thus prepares the student for the advanced English training.
To be accepted to this first module the applicant must meet the following minimum English Standardized Test Scores:

513 71 183 5.5

From June to August 2012 (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.
The students in Module 2 are expected to have close to perfect grammar, very few mistakes in sentence structure, confidence in public speaking and presentation, and proficiency in listening to academic lectures.
The language instruction in English Module 2 will be integrated with an Academic Content Class. This will help the students to contextualize their language competencies in the Social Sciences and Peace Studies fields by increasing their vocabulary and analytical skills in these fields. The course also prepares the students for their upcoming MA coursework at the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica and their internship in an international organization with English as the working language.
To be accepted to this second module the applicant must meet the following minimum English Standardized Test Scores:

530 90 215 7

From August 2012 to March 2013 (Costa Rica), Specialized MA Coursework: Students will continue their studies in one of the Specialized MA Programmes offered by UPEACE:

From April to June 2013 (The Philippines): Students will pursue specialized courses with a focus on Peace building in Asia.
From June to October 2013 (Asia): Participants will do a 14 week internship at an international organization in Asia.
Graduates of the Dual Campus Asia Leaders Programme are working in Peace building all over Asia and beyond. Examples of employment are:

  • Conflict Sensitivity Specialist, UNDP, Kyrgyzstan
  • Gender Consultant, Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process, Philippines
  • Education Officer, UNICEF, Uganda
  • Human Resource Coordinator, IOM, Vietnam
  • Programme Coordinator, Save the Children, Japan
  • Procurement Officer, UN World Food Programme, Italy
  • Economic Development Researcher, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lebanon
  • Project Manager, Global Environmental Organization, China
  • Project Officer, Vansemberuu Health Project, Mongolia
  • Partnership Assistant, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
  • Research Consultant, Family Health International, Thailand


Deadline: 29 April 2011

There is one D.G.E Hall Scholarship for applicants who are proposing to register full-time for taught Masters programmes at SOAS in the academic session 2011/12.

The scholarship is shared with International Student House (ISH). SOAS pays tuition fees in full, a maintenance grant of approximately £4,200 supplemented by an arrival allowance of £800 to cover unusual one-off payments that scholars may have to meet on their arrival in the United Kingdom and a return economy-class air-fare home (capped at a maximum of £1,500). ISH provides free accommodation together with a small contribution in food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant. Finally, reimbursements will also be met for expenses relating to study travel, thesis costs and excess baggage on the return flight home. These will be capped at designated levels (totaling no more than £425) and their award will depend on submission of the appropriate receipts to the Scholarships Office at SOAS.
Eligible Programme

Any full-time Masters programme
Part-time programmes are not eligible

Candidate Criteria

Applicants must possess a good honours degree from a U.K. university or equivalent recognized by the School. Candidates in their final year of study for a first degree are invited to apply.
Open only to those holding a Burma/Myanmar passport.

Candidate Assessment

Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of three academic members, one from each Faculty.
The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information

Scholarship application deadline

Scholarship applications must be received no later than 5 pm on 29 April 2011
Applicants must have made an application to the School for a place of study at least two weeks before the scholarship closing date.
Late or incomplete applications will be not considered

Notification of results

All candidates will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application, generally by the end of June 2011. Successful candidates will also be notified in writing. If you have not had a response to your application by mid-July, please contact the Scholarships Officer.
Application procedure

An application pack, which consists of an application form, guidance notes and reference form, is available for download from the download box at the top right or can be obtained from:

Scholarships Officer
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5091/ 5094
Fax: +44 (0)20 7074 5089

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More detail and Application Form Click Here

2011 Applications to Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships
is now open to international students around the globe including
Africans, Asians, Latin Americans, and South/East Europeans. Pursue an
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree at one of the Universities in
Japan. Deadline varies per country but is around March-April 2011.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships

Posted: December 28, 2010 in Scholarship

Eligible candidates: highly talented prospective students from non-EU countries
Amount of scholarship: 5 000 – 27 300 euro per year
Number of scholarships/year: approximately 55
Provided by: Utrecht University and alumni of Utrecht University
Aim of the programme

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University:

International Bachelor’s programmes:

* Economics and Business Economics
* Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht

International Master’s programmes offered by the following Graduate Schools:

* Graduate School of Geosciences
* Graduate School of Humanities
* Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
* Graduate School of Life Sciences
* Graduate School of Natural Sciences
* Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Note that Master’s programmes that are not state-funded (see programme description) are not eligible.

The scholarship programme is highly selective. Only candidates showing the highest achievement and promise may receive a scholarship.
Duration and number of scholarships

Selected students receive a scholarship for the duration of the degree programme, which is a maximum of two years for a Master’s degree and three years for a Bachelor’s degree. Approximately 55 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship will only be renewed for the second (and third) year if the student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree.
Amount of scholarship

Selected students are awarded a scholarship between 5 000 and 27 300 euro per year. Students should be aware that the grant is not necessarily a full scholarship, and that it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance study and stay completely. As one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands, students from abroad must prove to the IND (immigration and naturalisation office) that they have sufficient financial means. Read more about the budget the University advises.
Eligibility criteria

The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship. The applicant should:

1. Not have the Dutch or an EU/EER nationality;
2. Hold a non-Dutch secondary school diploma;
3. Have been admitted to an International Master’s programme within one of the Graduate Schools mentioned above, the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics or to University College Utrecht;
4. Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree (for a Master’s programme) or secondary school diploma (for a Bachelor’s programme), or an equivalent thereof;
5. Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa;

Failure to meet one or more of these criteria automatically means the student is not eligible for this scholarship.
Selection criteria

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
2. The academic quality and results of the preceding education, as evidenced, for example, by grades, test scores, publications, letters of recommendation;
3. The quality and relevance of the motivation letter (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
4. The quality and feasibility of the financial plan in the application;
5. The quality of the application itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).


It is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. The Selection Committee of the programme will select eligible candidates on the basis of the selection criteria mentioned above. The selected candidates will be offered an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship in May.

Please note that students starting their programme in February are not eligible for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships.

The funds for the scholarships come from the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by Utrecht University and from contributions by Utrecht University alumni.