Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Application Fee

The Scholarship application process is very expensive. The entire process requires a lot of resources like financial resources, time, internet access, determination and so forth. You need to take high risk in order to yield positive results.

In order to apply and get full scholarship, I kindly advise you to apply to more than 25 scholarship programs. There is extensive scholarship competition, and there are thousands of people are applying for the same. For that case, be strategic when applying with regard to your financial resources. If you do not have enough money for the application fee, apply many universities in Europe where no application fee. And when you apply in the United States, make sure you apply more for those which do not require the application fee first then others which need application fee. In that way, you will manager to apply many scholarship programs and you will be in a position to get more than one opportunity and choose the best scholarship on the basis of cost-benefit analysis and cost-effective.


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Monday, November 8, 2010

Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies

Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies

Joan B Kroc School of Peace Studies
University of San Diego

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing peace as human development. The goals of the Program are: 1) to produce graduates who are capable of relating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary theories of peace and justice to real world problem-solving involving regional and international conflict; 2) to foster scholarly agendas that examine the dynamics of justice and peacebuilding; and, 3) to facilitate faculty and student interaction and development across disciplines and academic units at USD, as well as in the community. Students in the prgoram can benefit from the School of Peace Studies’ two institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.


Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies

Entrance Semesters:Fall (August)
Application Deadline:February 15, 2011 (2011/2012 academic year)
Minimum Grade Point Average:3.00 (4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work
Standardized Admission Test:Graduate Record Examination* (GRE) General Test only
Required Course Work:None
Required Licenses/Credentials:None
Additional Requirements:3 Letters of Recommendation
Personal Statement
TOEFL exam for international students
* may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director

Application Completion - Application Packet available from USD’s Office of Graduate Admissions

On your application indicate if you are applying for the 12-month or 17-month track:

12-month track - A minimum of three years experience relevant to the field of peace and justice

17-month track - Additional Requirements : None

Financial Aid and Tuition

All students accepted into the Peace and Justice Studies Program are eligible to be considered for the Gandhi Fellowships and the Joan B. Kroc Scholarships in Peace and Justice Studies.

Application for program admission constitutes application for these fellowships and scholarships.

Awards are determined by faculty committee.

Students selected for Gandhi Fellowships will receive a minimum of $11,500 applied to tuition.

Gandhi Fellows will be involved in various activities in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute in collaboration with USD faculty and Institute officials.

The Gandhi Fellowships and other financial aid are offered to permit full-time study

Contact Information

For more information

On the Master's Program - Contact:On how to apply - Visit Graduate Admissions:

Lee Ann Otto, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7921
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Email: lotto@sandiego.edu


Admissions office located in Serra Hall, Room 202.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Contact and mailing information:

University of San Diego
Office of Graduate Admissions
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego , CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4524
Fax: (619) 260-4158
Email: grads@sandiego.edu

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MA & PhD in Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame)


Notre Dame's Kroc Institute is one of the world’s principal centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Faculty conduct research on war, genocide, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict, and violation of human rights; teach students earning degrees in peace studies; and contribute to on-the-ground peacebuilding worldwide.

You can also find information about the doctoral, master's, or undergraduate programs in peace studies by visiting the degree programs section of the website.

When you're ready, you can apply to the master’s program in peace studies or apply to the Ph.D. program in peace studies.

Visit www.kroc.nd.edu/apply to get more details and apply soon

California, USA

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Sunday, November 7, 2010


Recommendation Letters

You are required to submit at least three recommendation letters. It is advisable that your recommenders (references or referees) should be either your professors and/or employers/supervisors in your work.

These letters describe applicant’s qualities in academic field and working environment. The letters should emphasize more on positive qualities. If the letters describe that applicant is not capable of pursuing studies in that particular field, even if applicant has higher GPA will not be considered for scholarships. In that case, make sure your recommender is the person who really knows you, you trust him/her and is having a good intention towards your success.

The Recommendation Letters should be professional recommendation. In that sense, the letters should not be written with a family, friend, colleagues at work or relative on personal basis.

Professional Advise: When Admissions Office requests at least three recommendation letters, please submit three to four letters. Two letters should come from your professors, and the rest from where you are working. The reason behind is, admissions officer will be in a position to look your strengths both in academic arena and in working field.

For more details on Recommendation Letters, Tips and Advice, please visit online at

1. http://www.recommendationletters.org/

2. http://www.lettersofrecommendation.net/

There are two main ways of submitting Recommendation Letters. These ways are Online Recommendation, and Paper Recommendation. In online, the admission office or scholarship sponsor sends a specific link and instructions to your recommenders. Make sure you write a correct e-mail address and inform your recommender that you have added his/her e-mail address as your recommender and will receive special instructions soon. The paper recommendation on the other requires recommenders to write the letter using official letterhead of the particular office where recommender is, and also have official stamp and send using the official envelope of the organization/office.

Read the application procedures for that particular scholarship to know which way is needed for that application. More importantly, make follow up to your recommender to know whether or not has sent your recommendation. Remember, your recommendation letter is the most important document required for winning scholarship.

“Since recommendations carry considerable weight in the admissions process, take the time to brief your recommenders about your plans, where you would like to study, and why.”[IF YOU WANT TO STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES, Book 2 ]

California, USA

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The Statement of Purpose is also known as Motivational Letter or Statement of Intent. It is a vital tool in your application as it helps a lot when determining whether or not you strong candidate and be given scholarship.

Each scholarship program has its own goals and objectives. Organizations, institutes and governments when sponsoring a certain scholarship program have their own goals and objectives. In other words, there is no “free money” as funders know for sure their mission, goals and objectives set are met by looking suitable candidates

So when writing the Statement of Purpose, first and foremost is to understand in detail philosophy, goals and objectives of that particular scholarship. Those will help you to go along with funders’ objectives hence suitable for them as they want to use their money appropriately.

Special Note

Bear in mind that many scholarships are intended for people from Developing Countries with hope that after studies those beneficiaries of scholarships will go back to their home countries and work hard to develop their countries using knowledge and skills acquired in those Developed Countries. The worse mistake you will make in your Statement of Purpose is to say that you will continue to stay there in that Developed Country and live your life. You will be completely wrong since you are not compatible with goals and objectives of that particular scholarship, so
you will not be a choice for them.

The video link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHt3-QKiYgM


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