Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fellowship for Master’s Degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy


The Nippon Foundation will provide full fellowships including tuitions, books, required assistive technology and other support services, to a small group of individuals with disabilities to pursue graduate studies (Master’s level) in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIPD), beginning in August 2011 at the recently establishment Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region. This program will be offered entirely online, with the exception of a two-week residency held at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand July 18th-29th. The applications deadline for the scholarship and degree program is June 10, 2011.

The aim of the IDPP is to serve as a regional resource to both public and private sectors. The institute will develop a cadre of leaders who will work to foster public policies consistent with the overall vision of the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community. That is an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based region where people who are disabled are leaders in the determination of their own destinies.

The IDPP fellowship committee is currently recruiting a small number of candidates who have

1) Hearing Impairments, 2) Vision Impairments, or 3) Mobility Impairments, to serve as a human resource cadre to the IDPP and conduct research on disability and public policy in the ASEAN region. The committee seeks for persons with disabilities meeting the five criteria below:

  1. A talented and motivated individual from one of the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) with demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to working with organizations of/for disabled persons or other marginalized individuals in their own country.
  2. A commitment to achieving positive change for disabled persons through the development of proactive public policies within the ASEAN region.
  3. Information and communication technology (ICT) skills to communicate through distant education and schooling.
  4. Commitment to cooperate with the IDPP to grow an alumni network after completing a Master’s degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).
  5. A person with the academic requirements and experiential background to meet the entrance requirement of a Master’s degree program in CIDP. More information about the requirements for this program can be found on the Admissions page.

Application Requirements for Graduate Admissions to MA Programs:

To be considered for acceptance to the IDPP, all applicants must,

  • Possess a bachelors degree from an accredited institution prior to IDPP start date.
  • Submit a completed online application
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) online
    Your CV should list all your significant academic, personal, and professional achievements. Please give all relevant details regarding your work experience including the name of the organization, your duties, and the duration of your appointment.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation using the online form.
    Two of the three letters must be from an academic source, preferably a faculty member with knowledge of your academic background. Letters from family or friends are not acceptable recommendations. The letters will be submitted electronically via the IDPP website.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose online
    An essay stating your academic and career goals and statement of how the IDPP specifically fits into your academic an/or career plans. Maximum: 1000 words, no more than 2 double spaced pages.
  • Submit a Personal Statement online
    An essay communicating to the admissions board who you are, and why you would be a good candidate for the program. Please provide information about how your life experiences have prepared your for a Masters in Disability and Public Policy.
    1000-1500 words, no more than 3 double spaced pages.
  • Submit official transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all institutions where you have studied. Transcripts should be sealed and accompanied with translation, if necessary. Hard copies of your transcripts should be mailed directly from issuing institution to the IDPP.
  • Submit brief Communication Profile online
    A brief statement informing IDPP of any tools, technologies and/or techniques which are preferred or required for communication by the applicant.
  • Submit all relevant standardized test scores online, including:
  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language; Minimum score of 600 or,
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System;
      Band Score of 6 in all areas or,
    • TOEIC: Minimum of 173
  • The ETS makes available accommodations for test takers with disabilities at any center that offers the Internet based test (iBT). See the ETS website for information on test center locations, available accommodations, and how to register.

Application Deadlines:
  • Masters Programs: June 10, 2011
  • Graduate Certificate: June 10, 2011

For further information and inquiries about the fellowship program and application process, please contact us.

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