CONTACT South Asia

Selection Criteria and Application Process

The CONTACT Peacebuilding Training and Education  in South Asia program is designed for professionals who live and work in the SAARC region who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding. Participants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Alumni of the CONTACT South Asia program are working regionally with a variety of local and international NGOs; local, state, and national governments; community and youth organizations; religious and cultural institutions; and media organizations.

Criteria for acceptance into the program include professional experience, academic ability, career goals, cross-cultural experiences, and ability to work well with others. A variety of methods may be used to assess these qualities, including an essay, review of past academic performance, references, and in some cases a personal interview.

Apply online to the CONTACT South Asia Program. Please submit the following materials via your online application.

  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae in English
  • An essay of approximately 500 words describing one significant intercultural experience and analyze how this experience has shaped your education and/or career path.
  • One (1) letter of reference in English. (The reference writers should complete your reference online after you’ve clicked the “Send Request” button in your online application.) If possible, please send the letter from your current or most recent supervisor who knows your work.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must provide documentation that will demonstrate their English language acquisition (courses attended, tests given, etc). If the admission reviewers consider that there is further evidence needed, we will contact you for a phone or a Skype interview. If you have taken and passed the TOEFL or IELTS exams, please upload copies of your test scores to your online application.


A limited number of competitive scholarships are available to participants of the CONTACT Peacebuilding Training and Education in South Asia program. These scholarships cover only tuition expenses, up to $850, and do not cover room, board, transportation, visa fees, or other personal expenses. Participants are encouraged to seek out funding sources within their own communities or organizations to cover the cost of participation.

Calendar and Timeline

Application deadline
The application deadline has been extended. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.

Arrival and Registration
Program Dates: December 4–15, 2013
Arrival is December 4. Classes begin with an evening session on December 4. Classes end the evening of December 14, and departure is December 15.
Program Site: Park Village Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal

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