ASEAN Foundation – MAIDS Scholarship Program

*Deadline: March 31st, 2010*

The ASEAN Foundation (AF) is pleased to grant 1 full scholarship for a Thai national interested in studying at the Master of Arts program in International Development Studies (MAIDS) program at Chulalongkorn University for the 2010-2011 academic year.

This year's scholarship has been reserved for a Thai national. Scholarship applicants are also expected to have two years of professional experience in a development-related field at the time of application.  

Scholarship Program Advertisement

1. Eligibility (1 Scholarship)

1. Scholarship applicants must be bonafide ASEAN nationals from Thailand.

2. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in the social sciences with a good overall academic standing;

3. Candidates must have at least 2 years experience in a related field;

4. Candidates must have demonstrated English proficiency on one of three recognized tests of language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or the CU-TEP). The minimum cut-off scores for MAIDS admission are available on our Admission Page;

5. Candidates must provide a statement of purpose explaining why they are interested in studying International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University . They must also outline their research interests in addition to their personal and professional objectives. In turn, candidates must also have research interests in line with the mandates of the ASEAN Foundation.


2. Scholarship Coverage

- Health Insurance

- Tuition and registration fees

- Pre-session workshops and/or Fieldtrips

Total Scholarship Value

- Thai Scholarship: 14,369 USD/scholarship

3. Scholarship Conditions:

I) Applicants must both meet the minimum qualifications for MAIDS admission AND be admitted to the MAIDS program.

II) AF-MAIDS scholars must not be employed - either part-time or full-time - during their studies/scholarship tenure.

III) AF-MAIDS scholars are expected to graduate within the prescribed period. Students who are required to enroll for additional trimester(s) will have to bear the additional cost of living and tuition fees.

4. MAIDS Program Admission Requirements:

I) Entry Requirements

- Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the social sciences with a good overall academic standing.

- Applicants should also have 2 years work experience in a related field. Mature students and junior to mid-level professionals with experience in development are encouraged to apply.

II) English Language Requirements

Candidates will be required to demonstrate an acceptable level of language proficiency. Applicants must submit one of three English tests of language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS or CU-TEP. These are the only three tests recognized by Chulalongkorn University. The minimum cut-off scores for MAIDS admission are available on our website's Admission Page.

5. Recruitment Procedure:

I) Application Deadline:

March 31st, 2010

II) Preliminary Applicant Screening:

April 2010

III) Short-listed Candidate Interviews:

May/June 2010

IV) Final Selection:

June 2010

V) Pre-session Course for Selected Students:

August/September 2010

VI) Program Commencement:

October 2010

6. Application Procedure:

I) Application period

As stated above, the AF-MAIDS scholarship applications are due March 31st, 2010. They should be sent directly to the MAIDS program.

II) Required Materials

Students applying for the Master of Arts Program in International Development Studies must submit the following materials:

•  2 Application Forms:

AF-MAIDS scholarship applicants must complete both the MAIDS Application Form and the ASEAN Foundation Scholarship Application Form for Postgraduate Studies:

MAIDS Application Form.doc

AF Scholarship Application Form.doc

•  Photocopy of ID Card (for Thai applicants) or Passport (for non-Thai applicant).

•  Two photographs:

Applicants must submit two recent one inch photos.

•  Application fee:

Applicants must pay the 800 baht MAIDS application fee to be considered for the scholarship.

• Transcripts:

Applicants must submit an original or certified copy of their transcript from the college or university previously attended. Transcripts not in Thai or English must be translated and certified in the English language.

•  English Language Test Scores:

The program accepts photocopies of English test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CU-TEP) for the application process. Please note, however, that students admitted will have to present their original score record to Chulalongkorn University when they register.

Alternatively, the student can have ETS, the company that administers TOEFL, send the score directly to the program. Chulalongkorn University 's TOEFL institutional code is 0227. The MAIDS program does not have a departmental code registered with ETS, so make sure to write clearly “M.A. in International Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science” on the score report request form.

•  Letters of Recommendation:

Applicants are required to submit two sealed letters of recommendation with letterhead and original signatures. Ideally one letter should be from the applicant's current employer and the second should be a former university professor who is familiar with their academic work. Please also provide the following reference form to your referees and ask them to fill it out:

Student Reference Form.doc

Please pass along the above form to your referees and ask for a confidential reference to be returned to you in a signed and sealed envelope. Please return the unopened envelope to the MAIDS Office with your complete application. The referee also has the option of sending the reference directly to the MAIDS Office.

• Curriculum Vitae/Resume:

The resume must provide information on current and past employment, academic awards and scholarships, international travel, publications, and extracurricular activities, including volunteer work.

•  Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should be between 600 and 1000 words, and include the following elements:

- Describe your most valued experience or accomplishment.
- Describe your research interests, and outline a tentative topic for your M.A. thesis.
- Describe your career expectations (personal and professional objectives), and explain how the M.A. in International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn will help you achieve these goals.

•  Writing Sample: The MAIDS programme requires all applicants to submit a sample of their critical or analytical writing. This may be a paper written for an undergraduate course, a published academic or journalistic article, or another appropriate writing sample. Applicants should briefly explain - using a separate document - the context in which the sample was originally written, including information on the nature of the publication in which it appeared, and the date of publication.

The objective of the sample writing is to assess the applicants' analytical and writing skills. The ability to write clearly in English – both for native and non-native speakers - is essential to fulfill the written requirements for this M.A. programme in International Development Studies.

•  Photocopy of ID Card (for Thai applicants) or passport (for non-Thai applicant) .

•  Two photographs: Applicants must submit two recent one inch photographs.

•  Application fee: There is a non-refundable application fee of 800 Thai baht .

The fees can be paid in cash at the MAIDS office, or deposited directly in the programme's bank account (see details below). If the money is transferred to the programme's account the applicant must submit a photocopy of the bank transfer receipt with the application. Applicants who are not in Thailand must pay the fee by sending us a $30 US “Bank Draft” only (US$26 plus US$4 for bank charge).

Please note that the programme will not begin to process any application until the reception of the application fee has been confirmed.

Account Details

Account Name : M.A. in International Development Studies
Account No : 045-2-90843-0 (Saving Account)
Bank Name : The Siam Commercial Bank (SWIFT CODE: SICOTHBK)
Bank Branch : 1873 Henri Dunant Road , Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 THAILAND
Bank Tel : 02-254-1555


The MAIDS admissions team may decide to interview applicants by phone or in person if it is viewed as necessary. The purpose of the interview is usually to ensure that students have an adaquate understanding of development issues combined with an appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete their M.A. degree within the prescribed 12-month period.

Please note that the MAIDS admissions team will inform those students requiring after the application deadline.

MAIDS Pre-Session

Shortlisted students who are accepted to the programme following their interview may also be required to participate in a four-week intensive introductory session in Bangkok prior to the beginning of classes in October. This session will cost approximately 15,000 baht and will include classes in the following areas: Academic English, Research Methods and Development Theory.

Checklist: Documents to enclose in your application

  1. Completed application form (including Curriculum Vitae / Resume and Statement of Purpose
  2. Two (2) Photographs
  3. Official transcript from the college or university previously attended 
  4. Photocopy of previous degree(s)
  5. TOEFL, IELTS or CU-TEP English language test results, if applicable
  6. 2 letters of recommendation (please use Student Reference Forms)
  7. One paper/report/article previously written by the applicant
  8. Photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
  9. Photocopy of passport (for non-Thai students)
  10. Photocopy of Bank transfer or cash of non-refundable application fee of 800 Baht

*Applicants outside of Thailand, please pay the fee in one of the two following ways:

  • A Bank Draft of 950 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 150 Baht for bank charge)
  • A SWIFT or Telegraphic Transfer of 1,100 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 300 Baht for bank charge)

When complete, please sign, date and return the form enclosing all necessary documentation to:

M.A. in International Development Studies
Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
Henry-Dunant Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 , THAILAND
Tel: (+66) 2-218-7313
Fax: (+66) 2-252-6277

Please note that we are currently unable to receive and process online applications.

Chulalongkorn University will not return application documents to candidates once they have been processed.

Acceptance of Admission

Successful scholars will be notified whether or not they must attend the pre-session at the same time they are notified of their scholarship status (see above timeline). If the pre-session is not required, scholars may come to Thailand in early September 2010 to settle in Bangkok. The MAIDS program will begin the first week of October 2010.

If you have any further questions regarding the MAIDS program or the AF-MAIDS Scholarship Program, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information –


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