The United Nations University Institute of Peace and sustainability studies invites applications from qualified candidates from developing countries for the MSc in Sustainability, Development and Peace for the 2013 academic year.
The scholarships and assistantships available from UNU-ISP are very limited. Only highly qualified candidates from developing countries who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance will be considered for UNU-ISP financial support.
Worth of Awards

  • The Japan Foundation for UNU (JFUNU) Scholarship is available for outstanding applicants from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance, and they will be considered as candidates for the award of the scholarship.
  • The JFUNU scholarship covers the full tuition fees, and provides a monthly allowance of 150,000 JPY* for living expenses for a maximum of 24 months. Travel costs to and from Japan, visa handling fees, and health/accident insurance costs must be covered by the student.
  • *150,000 JPY is the average monthly living cost for an international student without dependents in Tokyo, although this amount may vary depending on the lifestyle of the student.
  • Please note that the JFUNU scholarship is highly competitive and offered to a very small number of students who are granted admission to UNU-ISP. Thus, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for other funding opportunities from the government of their own country, private foundations, or international funding agencies.


  • Applicants for the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace are required to have met the following requirements by the application deadline in order to be considered:
  • A completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university or institution of higher education: Those who expect to graduate and have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent conferred before enrolment may also apply.
  • A particular interest and career aspiration in at least one of the following thematic areas:
  • For more information on these areas, please refer to the Research page.
  • English language proficiency: The minimum score requirements for English language qualifications required by UNU-ISP are:
  • Applicants, except for the cases below, must submit original TOEFL or IELTS score reports (from a test taken within the last two years) to Admissions Office at the time of application:
  • UNU-ISP requires original TOEFL/IELTS score reports (no photocopies accepted).
  • Global Change and Sustainability
  • Peace and Security
  • International Cooperation and Development
  • 600 in TOEFL – Paper-Based Testing (PBT)
  • 100 in TOEFL – Internet-Based Testing (iBT)
  • 7.0 in IELTS – Academic format
  • Applicants whose first language is English.
  • Applicants who graduated from a university or a postgraduate school located in an English speaking country.
  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme where the language of instruction and examination was English. In this case, an official statement from the academic institution will be required, confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.

How to Apply

  • All application forms must be typed and filled in English. No handwritten or incomplete application documents will be considered.
  • All materials and documents submitted as part of an application become the property of UNU-ISP and cannot be returned.
  • If any falsification is discovered in any of the documents presented for application, admission will be revoked.
  • Unsuccessful applicants of previous years who reapply for admission must submit a completely new set of application documents, including letters of reference. No previous application materials will act as supporting resource.
  • Those who wish to withdraw from the application process should email the Admissions Office at [email protected] indicating “MSc Application Withdrawal” in the subject line. Please use the same email address you provided on your Application Form.
  • All Interested applicants should apply through UNU-ISP online application form.
  • E-mail will be the primary method of contact. Therefore, it is essential that applicants provide a valid e-mail address in the Applica tion Form and that he/she regularly checks his/her e-mail

Deadline: The application deadlines: All applications must be received on or before 30 April 2013.  

  • All applications must be received on or before 30 April 2013.

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