International Peace Studies Scholarships for Asians

Nippon Foundation/Univ. of Peace
Masters (MS) Degree

Deadline: 15 October (annual)
Study in:  Costa Rica/Philippines
Next course starts April 2011

Brief description:

The Asia Leaders Programme offers a Master of Arts in International Peace Studies and is a shared initiative between the Nippon Foundation and the University for Peace, in collaboration with Ateneo de Manila University, which aims to provide students from Japan and other Asian countries with an opportunity to pursue a peace studies post graduate degree with a content-based language-training module.

In this 19-month intensive academic programme, the students undertake courses at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines as well as at UPEACE headquarters in Costa Rica. It is accomplished in three terms which start at the end of the language-training module.

Host Institution(s):

  • • University of Peace, Costa Rica
  • • Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Field of studies:

International Peace Studies covering the following subjects:

  • • Foundation Course in Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Aspects of Conflict: Introduction to a Systemic Approach
    • Research Methods
    • Conflict Analysis and Management: Theory and Practice
    • International Cooperation and Peace Building
    • Practices of Conflict Management
    • Civil Society and Peacebuilding in Asia
    • Asian Peace Psychology
    • Gender and Peacebuilding in Asia
    • Small Arms, Arms Control and Human Security in Asia
    • Workshop for the Preparation of the Graduation Project

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

The Asia Leaders Programme has been planned primarily for receiving students from several Asian countries where English is not a widely used language, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Exceptionally, students from other Asian countries may be admitted.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Students accepted in the programme will be automatically granted full scholarships provided by the Nippon Foundation. A full scholarship includes: tuition fee, the language module, academic materials, and air travel and living expenses during the period of studies.


Applicants should be from Asian countries. Applicants from non-english speaking countries should also achieve a minimum score for English Language Proficiency Tests (IELTS=band of 8; paper-based TOEFL=600; computer-based TOEFL=250; internet based TOEFL=100; TOEIC=800). Only applicants who have submitted all the application requirements (see below) will be considered for the scholarship.

Application requirements:

Interested candidates should submit to the UPEACE Department of Academic Administration the following items: application form; official undergraduate or last degree Transcript/Course of Studies; three letters of Recommendation; Curriculum Vitae; a statement of purpose indicating why they are interested in the Programme; a printed score of the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) or other recognized English language tests; financial certification; six recent passport-size photographs; and a Costa Rican Entry visa application form.

Application instructions:

It is important to visit this link for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship. Applicants are required to apply online and submit all other application requirements (as hard copies) by mail on or before 15 October.

Contact information:

Carla Ortiz, Head of Academic Administration
University for Peace
Department of Academic Administration
El Rodeo de Mora, Ciudad Colón
San José, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 22-05-90-00


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