KAAD - AIT Scholarship Program
   

The KAAD, by its German name in full known as Katholischer Akademischer Auslander-Dienst (the Catholic Academic Support Service for Foreign Students, Germany) has, since long, provided scholarships for young professionals in need of such support from countries around the world.

Based on the agreement between the KAAD and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the two organizations jointly provide scholarship support for qualified applicants from Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, to pursue masterís or doctoral degree program studies at the AIT. Interested persons may apply to any Fields of Study offered by the AIT.

KAAD and AIT will co-sponsor the scholarship for successful applicants. The costs covered by the KAAD-AIT scholarship include those for tuition and fees, a monthly bursary and rental of accommodation on campus at AIT standard rates. In accordance with the regular duration of the postgraduate study programs, a masterís degree program scholarship is granted for a period of four (4) semesters (equal to 22 months), and a doctoral degree program scholarship is granted for a period of six (6) semesters (equal to 3 years).

AIT Admission Criteria

Applicants for the KAAD-AIT scholarship must fulfill the general qualification requirements for admission to AIT postgraduate study programs, as follows.

For the masterís degree study programs

  • a Bachelor degree (normally of a four-year program of undergraduate studies) or its equivalent in an appropriate field of study from a university or an institution holding an officially granted university status, both of recognized standing;
  • a significant undergraduate cumulative grade-point above average;
  • an acceptable level of English proficiency;
  • good physical and mental health.

For the doctoral degree study programs

  • a Masterís degree or its equivalent in a subject related to the proposed dissertation research topic;
  • both undergraduate and graduate study cumulative grade points significantly above average;
  • an acceptable level of English proficiency;
  • good physical and mental health;
  • an outline, not exceeding five pages, of the intended dissertation research.

KAAD Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants are preferably Roman Catholics, or else have a strong affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church of their home country, with a personal, active commitment and dedication to development projects implemented by the Church, and/or tangible accomplishments in community development work under the auspices of national government units, international agencies, or non-governmental organizations.
  • Applicants should be of good character, personal integrity, and have a strong reputation for upholding morale and being guided by ethical principles of high standard.
  • Applicants should be fully aware, eager and willing to reap the academic, attitudinal and professional benefits from the salutary opportunities of studying in a foreign country and, while staying there, in an international community.
  • Applicants should have the capability and determination to cope with the physical and mental stress that might arise while pursuing their studies.

Documents Required and to be Forwarded to the KAAD

  • One set of the completed application form, with two passport-sized photographs.
  • Two letters of recommendation from university teachers (preferably referees at the rank of full professor), who are specialized in areas compatible with the AIT Field of Study to which admission is sought. These referees are expected to evaluate the applicantís academic qualifications and her or his potential for higher studies.
  • In the case of applicants seeking admission to the doctoral degree study program of the AIT, the referees are expected to give their appraisal of the applicantís intended dissertation research, as outlined by her or by him.
  • Confirmation issued by the AIT that the applicant fulfills the qualification requirements for admission to AITís chosen degree study program.
  • One referee letter by a member of an organization of the Church in the applicantís home area. In this letter, emphasis should be laid on the applicantsí personal disposition and religious convictions. It should as well specify the applicantís active involvement in development activities or ventures of the Church, and/or of other community-based social development organizations.
  • True copies of transcript of records (college and beyond).
  • A certificate of English language proficiency, preferably of an internationally recognized standard such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language [U.S.]), IELTS (International English Language Testing System [Australia]) or TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication [U.S.]).
  • An institutional endorsement, indicating service clause. For an applicant to be eligible for KAAD support, this institutional endorsement is required. It is normally based on her or his active involvement in development related projects.
  • An essay written by the applicant on the significance of human resource development for the society of the applicantís home country.
  • The applicantís curriculum vitae.
  • An outline of the applicantís career perspective into the near future (not exceeding 20 lines of text).

Procedure

  • Interested applicants will obtain the AIT application form from the AIT Admissions and Scholarships Office, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand. The AIT application form can be downloaded from the AIT Admissions Homepage . Communications can also be sent using email addressed to admissions@ait.ac.th . Applicants must submit, together with the application form, a short letter indicating that they apply for a KAAD-AIT scholarship.
  • Each application will be screened and assessed by Faculty members of the relevant AIT Field of Study and Program.
  • Applicants who satisfy AITís admission criteria will be notified to supply the set of documents, which is required by the KAAD.
  • Applications will be forwarded to the KAAD Regional Partner Committee Southeast Asia, for their endorsement, and then forwarded for consideration by the KAAD Board in Germany. The KAAD Board will finalize the selection of scholarship awardees.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the KAAD Head Office in Germany.
  • Applications for all masterís as well as doctoral degree programs for the regular August intake must reach the AIT Admissions and Scholarships Office by the 15th of December of the proceeding year.

Service Clause

KAAD and AIT support young academics mainly to assist their home countries in their efforts to improve the educational standard and to uplift the quality of life of the population-at-large. It, therefore, constitutes part of the agreement that upon completion of their studies, the KAAD-AIT scholarship recipients must return to their home countries and render their professional services, preferably to the endorsing organization. The nature and scope of this service-in-return of the KAAD-AIT scholarship award will be agreed upon by the scholarship recipients and their endorsing institutions, according to their own rules and regulations.

KAAD will include a service clause in its document to oblige the KAAD-AIT scholarship recipient to return to her or his home country right after graduation. In the event that a KAAD-AIT scholarship recipient does not honor her or his obligation under the said clause, he or she must repay to the KAAD the total cost of KAAD support.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the KAAD-AIT Scholarship Program Liaison person at the AIT:

Assoc. Prof. Jayant K. Routray
Regional and Rural Development Planning Field of Study Coordinator
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Asian Institute of Technology
P. O. Box 4, Klong Luang,
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Telephone +66 (0) 2524 5609
Fax +66 (0) 2524 6413
Email: routray@ait.ac.th

or contact AIT Admissions and Scholarships Office at:

Admissions and Scholarships Office
Asian Institute of Technology
P. O. Box 4, Klongluang,
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Tel. 66-2-524-5031
Fax. 66-2-524-5069
Email: admissions@ait.ac.th

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