Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship | Philippine Scholarship

The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Degree Master of Arts Programme, 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 peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organizations 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 participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, study in Costa Rica and the Philippines, as well as the hands-on design and implementation of an intensive field project in Asia.


Scholars obtain 2 MA degrees, one from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in an area related to peace building and the second from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in Political Science with major in Global Politics.


The information regarding the application process specifically for the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) dual degree programme is only for applicants from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and The Philippines.


They are the only applicants that shalll be considered for this programme. UPEACE accepts applications in electronic format only through our on-line application form. Applicants are therefore advised to first collect all supporting documents and other required information before submitting the form.


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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.


The APS takes the format of a dual-degree, 18.5 – 21.5 month (depending on entry English proficiency level) intensive academic study programme targeted for young professionals from Asia.  Academic study takes place in Costa Rica and The Philippines and is made up of the following elements:

1) an intensive language learning component,

2) MA at UPEACE,

3) MA at AdMU in Political Science, major in Global Politics, and

4) the implementation of a field project.




  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.


  1. Have Bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution.


  1. Demonstrate a compelling desire to work on issues related to peace and conflict.


  1. Demonstrate a commitment to learning in an international and multi-cultural environment.


  1. 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.




Required Supporting Documents to be Uploaded

  • English-language Proficiency Test Scores Report
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation (AdMU recommendation letter form).
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Copy of Diploma
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Copy of Passport
  • Passport-size photo


Should admission be granted, the following documents must be presented in official hard copy upon confirmation of enrollment:

  • English-language Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS) – if applicable
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Copy of Diploma
  • Ten passport-size photos


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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 facilitates up to 30 students per cohort.



APS scholars found meaningful employment around the world, example positions

  • 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


See the PDF below for more information

Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship



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