Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship

Academic Year 2015-2016


Overview of Instructions for preparing an application

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 and upload a PDF copy of all the following materials:
    1. Official Undergraduate Transcript (Original or certified true copy)
    2. Official BA Degree (certified copy by the University Registrar)
    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
    7. 6 Passport Sized Pictures
    8. 2 Recommendation Letters (signed by the respective references)

    We will confirm receipt of application materials by e-mail as soon as possible.

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 Asian Peacebuliders Scholarship?
    • What are your expectations for the UPEACE Academic Programme?
    • What are your career goals after graduation?

    It is mandatory for all applicants. However, if you foresee difficulty in submitting the official results by the application deadline, please contact us at

    The following are the only English Proficiency Tests accepted:

    TESTIntermediate levelAdvance 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

    UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180

    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 (December 2015)


    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.


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.