Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) Programme

The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) was a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) for over a decade and graduated hundreds of Asian professionals over the yerars. The objective of the programme was to train young Asian professionals to become peacebuilding practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organisations across the globe. In particular, the programme served to strengthen the representation of Asian professionals with expertise in Asian issues.

The programme offered intensive, specialised language training to facilitate the participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, thus allowing them to study in both Costa Rica and The Philippines. Scholars obtain a Master of Arts Degree from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in an area related to peacebuilding, and a Master's Degree in Transdisciplinary Social Development from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU).

Career Prospects

APS graduates have found meanginful employment all 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

Click here to see the APS Alumni page on Facebook. You can also check out all back issues of the APS Alumni Newsletter by clicking the corresponding volume:

Official APSAN WebsiteAPSAN Newsletter, Volume 1APSAN Newsletter, Volume 2APSAN Newsletter, Volume 3 / APSAN Newsletter, Volume 4 / APSAN Newsletter, Volume 5 / APSAN Newsletter, Volume 6

Click here to see some of our Alumni Testimonials: ENGLISH / JAPANESE.

Application Requirements

The APS Programme is no longer accepting applications.