Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS)

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.

The application period for the 2019/2020 Academic Year (APS 13) is now OPEN and the deadline has been set for 16-July-2018.


The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Degree 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 professionals from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Philippines 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.

UPEACE accepts applications in electronic format only through our online application form.  Applicants are therefore advised to first collect all supporting documents and other required information before submitting the form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The documentation and information provided in an application reflects on the quality of the applicant. Please be sure that it is complete and accurate and that all essays and supplementary materials are representative of the applicant’s work. It is not acceptable to misrepresent accomplishments; borrow from the works of others without proper acknowledgment; or to submit material that has been written, re-written, or heavily edited by others. Breaches of these protocols will result in immediate rejection of the application.

Candidates who are selected for an interview but who are not offered a scholarship will automatically be considered for admission to UPEACE regular programmes and offered a 50% tuition waiver.  


The online application form can be accessed as many times as needed with the login and password provided the first time an applicant enters the system. The form has a “save” button that allows the applicant to save the information and go back to the form at a later time.   It is imperative to collect all of the data and supporting documents before clicking the submit button. Finally, in addition to gathering the required documents it is very important to carefully read the information provided below relating to the individual sections within the online form. 


Required Supporting Documents to be Uploaded:

Should admission be granted, the following documents will be be required 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

Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established deadline will be transferred for the subsequent academic year.

Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer informing whether or not the application is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.

We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided using the email entered by the applicant in the online application form. Please address any email inquiries to


Proof of English language proficiency is required for all applicants. There is no circumstance in which an applicant is exempt from this requirement.*


The following English Proficiency Tests are accepted:





Band of 5.5

Paper based TOEFL (PBT)


Computer based TOEFL (CBT)


Internet Based TOEFL (IBT)




  • You cannot officially be considered for admission without a valid English-language proficiency test score.*
  • TOEIC and TOEFL-ITP are not accepted.
  • *Proof of undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-language B.A. or previous M.A. programme accepted temporarily.
    • If applying with proof of a previous English-language undergraduate or graduate degree, a TOEFL test score will need to be presented upon admission with no exception and no later than 14-October-2018.
  • Test scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
  • A phone or Skype interview conducted in English may be part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified in advance if such an interview is required.
  • At the time of application, we require an electronic copy of the exam scores. Should the applicant be admitted, a hard copy of the official TOEFL scores report must be presented. These details will be provided in your Admissions Package upon acceptance to the programme.

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The statement of purpose must be a minimum of 1,000 words, clearly state the applicants name, and should be written for the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) and the student's specific UPEACE programme of choice. The statement should clearly answer the following questions:

  • Why have you decided to apply to this programme?
  • What are your expectations from this programme?
  • What are your career plans after completing this programme?
  • What type of work experience, life experience, previous studies, and multicultural exchanges would contribute to your APS academic experience?
  • What personal qualities, abilities, or special skills do you have that would contribute to this programme?
  • Do you have any constraints or difficulties that may inhibit your participation and performance in the APS programme?
  • How specifically will the APS programme contribute to your future career goal?

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Three letters of recommendation are required to be uploaded to the application form for all applicants. Each letter should be accompanied by the Recommendation Letter Form. The letters should be from faculty or academic advisors from your academic experience or managers or other superiors from a professional work environment who are qualified to evaluate applicant's potential for graduate study. The letters need to include the referees title, their relation to the applicant, and how long they've known the applicant.  The letter's content should outline specific examples of applicant's work and why the referee feels the applicant is a fit for the programme.

Examples of valid referees or recommenders are:

  • Faculty, deans, or professors
  • Academic advisors
  • Immediate supervisors
  • Research project managers

Letters from family members, close friends, or peer colleagues are not accepted. Signed letters can be uploaded directly to the online application or the referees can email their letters directly to the admissions officer ( Either way, the Recommendation Form needs to be included with the letter.

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  1. Transcripts:
    • Official undergraduate/Bachelor transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the school seal must be uploaded to the online application form. Please include the official grading system used by the University or country if this is not clearly explained on the reverse of the transcript.
    • If the original transcript is not in English, an official copy in the original language as well as an official English translation must be sent.

    Transcripts from Master's programmes are not accepted

  2. Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree)-Degree Certificate:
    • Official undergraduate degree (Bachelor's Degree) certificate bearing the signature of the registrar and the school seal must be uploaded to the online application form. The copy must be in the original language used by the university to confer degrees.
    • If the original diploma is not in English, an official copy in the original language and an official English translation must be sent.

      Should the applicant be admitted to the APS programme, the aforementioned transcript documents will need to be presented in hard copy. Additionally, admitted students will need to obtain the following to comply with Ateneo de Manila University:

    • Transcript authentication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the applicant's country of origin. Certified copies by public notaries are not valid
    • Transcript authentication from the nearest Philippine embassy
    • Certification of Graduation Equivalence from the Ministry of Education in the applicants home country ONLY if the applicant's undergraduate programme is less than four years

      Some of the documents can take time to obtain therefore it is recommended to work towards collecting them to have ready should the applicant be admitted to the programme.

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The curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé must clearly state the following information:

  • Name and birth date of applicant
  • E-mail address, phone number, and Skype username
  • Postal address
  • Academic background (including institution name, graduation year, and degree obtained)
  • Professional work experience (including name of the institution, *start date and end date with month + year format, and basic job duties)
  • Additional relevant experience (volunteer work, etc.)
  • Multicultural exchanges
*The month + year start and end date is very important - (ex. From: June 2013 To: May 2015)

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All applicants must upload a clear, color photocopy of their passport pages showing the following information:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Birth date and place
  • Issuance and expiration dates. This date must be 6 months after the ending of the programme which will be in December 2019. This is needed to start the Costa Rican Immigration processes for the Student Temporary Residency.

It is unnecessary to attach blank pages or previous visa stamps.

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Female applicants who are legally married need to upload an official copy of the marriage certificate accompanied by an official translation if the document is not in English.  Should the applicant be admitted, a hard copy of the certificate and official translation will need to be presented.

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A passport size photo must be uploaded to the online application form with the following characteristics:

  • In color
  • 3.5 by 4.5 cm (2 x 2 inches)
  • Frontal view from head to shoulders
  • Single colour background, preferably white.

Should the applicant be admitted, 10 hard copy passport size photos printed on photo paper will be required upon confirmation of admission.


Once your application is submitted, the package will be reviewed by the UPEACE admissions team. If any items are missing or need to be modified, we will let you know.  Completed applications will then be reviewed by representatives from UPEACE and Ateneo de Manila University. This review may also include interviews by the selection committee and/or language school. Final decisions will be made and announced during the latter half of October 2018. The UPEACE admissions representative will be in contact with you throughout this process.  Any specific questions can be directed to

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Note Regarding Hard Copy Files: If admitted, specific details of what is required in hard copy will be outlined in your admissions package.