Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA)

Official website for the Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA) >>
Official website for Chiang Mai University’s Master of Sustainable Development”
Official website for Chulalongkorn University’s Master of International Development Studies (MAIDS) >>
Official website for Asian Institute of Technology’s Master of Gender and Development Studies >>

PLEASE NOTE: For official information, specific details, and updated deadlines and instructions, please check the organization’s website and current application forms. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us.

Application deadlines:

Applicants are advised to apply to both the university and the scholarship program as early as possible.

  • CDSSEA scholarship application deadline: Same as your chosen university below
  • Chiang Mai University’s Master of Sustainable Development deadline: 31 March 2013
  • Chulalongkorn University’s Master of International Development Studies deadline: 31 March 2013
  • Asian Institute of Technology’s Master of Gender and Development Studies deadline: 31 March 2013


The scholarship program is administered by CDSSEA, which was established in 2012 by the three institutions and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), its aim being to build leadership capacity with regard to development studies in Southeast Asia – educating those capable of critically analyzing the development conundrum and understanding the regionalization of the development process, a process which plays a key role in building and maintaining dynamism in the region. The programs encourage students to seek out development alternatives based on social equity, environmental justice and economic and ecological sustainability, while fostering linkages that help better inform policymaking with respect to development-related issues. As a result, CDSSEA is actively promoting the creation of a team of highly qualified development studies practitioners in Southeast Asia, and in the future hopes to open other programs across the region.

A full scholarship will be given to successful candidates, covering tuition fees, a monthly allowance, field research expenses (specifically for programs that require field research), and travelling expenses to and from the student’s home country. The duration of the scholarship depends upon the length of each program and will range from 14 months through to 22 months.

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • To apply, students must:
    1.  Be a national of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam or Thailand.
    Note – Applicants from Thailand must be students from the three provinces in the far south, or from other border areas

    2.  Be a BA graduate in any field of study (but preferably with a social science background) and with a minimum grade
    point average (GPA) of 3.0 or with an excellent, general academic record.

    3.  Possess good English proficiency, with a certificate showing a TOEFL score of over 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based (CBT)) or 79 (internet-based (IBT)), or an IELTS score of 6. Other qualifications accepted by the programs include the CU-TEP (CU test) – score of 550, AIT – EET (AIT test) – score of 6 and E-TEGS (CMU test) – score of 80.
    Note – Official test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    4.  Commit to return to their home country after completion of the program to resume their work, and

    5.  Preferably have 2 to 3 years work experience in the field of development.

Application Procedure:

Only fully completed application documents will be considered by the CDSSEA Secretariat. To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit the following:

·        A fully completed copy of the CDSSEA application form. Click HERE to download all applications.

·        An official transcript and a degree certificate – both in English. Only an original or certified copy of the transcript and a certified copy of the degree certificate will be accepted (translated into English, if not in English or Thai already).

·        A curriculum vitae/resume providing information on present and past employment, academic awards, international travel, publications and extra-curricular activities etc.

·        Two letters of reference (using the CSDSEA Reference Form) written by two referees familiar with the applicant’s work and capabilities. Referees should fill out the reference form provided by the applicant and return it in a sealed envelope with their original signature added. References should then be sent to the CDSSEA Secretariat along with the application form.

·        A TOEFL or IELTS certificate – or an equivalent accepted by the programs. Certificates must be valid during the application period.

·        A statement of purpose of about 800 to 1500 words describing the reasons for the applicant wishing to pursue his or her graduate studies in the area of development studies, plus his/her research interest, career expectations and how completing the program in development studies will help achieve the applicant’s goals.

All applications must be sent to the CDSSEA Secretariat. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview, which will be held either in the applicant’s home country or using the internet/Skype.

The scholarship award is conditional upon an applicant’s acceptance by the Master’s program to which he or she has applied (separately). Students can review the admission requirements and application deadlines for each program of study via the respective website. To apply for the relevant program of study, applicants should communicate directly with the institution running the program – using the application form specified.

Timelines for 2013 Selection Process

·        31st  March 2013: Deadline for CDSSEA applications.

·        10th April 2013:  Shortlisted applicants notified.

·        20th April – 10th May 2013:  Interviews with shortlisted scholarship candidates held in participating countries. Dates will vary.

·        31st May 2013: Successful CDSSEA applicants notified.

·        15th June 2013: Deadline for students informing the CDSSEA Secretariat of acceptance on to the relevant program.

Contact the Secretariat

The Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA) Program
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
Tel. +66 53 943595 – 6
Fax +66 53 893279
MAIDS program:
Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University,
Henri-Dunant Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

MGDS program:
PO Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
E mail :