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Please note that scholarship opportunities and applications will be included in Step 2 of the application procedure.

Required Documents:

  1. Completed Application Form (save as: 1-surname.pdf)

    Download the application by clicking here: APPLICATION FORM

  2. English Language Test Results: TOEFL iBT (78), IELTS (overall 6.0), or CU-TEP (75) (link here: (save as: 2-surname.pdf)

    a) If you are a Native English Speaker, you do not need to submit any documentation

    b) If you received your BA from an English speaking country, you are exempt from submitting documentation

    c) Otherwise, please check to see if your undergraduate program is eligible for exemption at the links below:

    For programs outside of Thailand:

    For government programs in Thailand:

    For private programs in Thailand:

    NOTE: Please check the following information for English Language Test options:

    TOEFL iBT: within 10 days

    IELTS: within 13 days

    CU-TEP: available test: April 7; results within 2 weeks

    **If you must take the test in April, please submit proof of your confirmed registration as document #2 in your application package to be submitted before April 30. Upon receiving your results, please send in a separate email (only one document) to

  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (save as: 3-surname.pdf)

  4. Letter of Motivation: (save as: 4-surname.pdf)

    In 600-1000 words, please describe

    1) your most valued experience or accomplishment;

    2) your research interests including an outline of a tentative topic for your thesis/dissertation;

    3) your career expectations (personal and professional objectives);

    4) how the MAIDS-GRID Program at Chulalongkorn University will help you achieve these goals.

  5. Writing Sample: (save as: 5-surname.pdf)

    The MAIDS-GRID program requires all applicants to submit a sample of their critical or analytical writing.

    This may be a paper written for an undergraduate course, a published academic or journalistic article, or another appropriate writing sample.

    Applicants should briefly explain – using a separate document – the context in which the sample was originally written, including information on the nature of the publication in which it appeared, and the date of publication.

    The objective of the sample writing is to assess the applicants’ analytical and writing skills. The ability to write clearly in English – both for native and non-native speakers – is essential to fulfill the written requirements for the MA thesis and PhD Dissertation.

  6. Research Proposal (PhD Applicants): (save as: 6-surname.pdf)

    Applicants should present their research proposal on the topic that they plan to further develop into their dissertation. The PhD Program emphasizes the ability of applicants in mastering their research methods and content so that they can graduate as a professional development specialist.

  7. One visa/passport style photograph (save as: 7-surname.pdf)

  8. a) Official Transcript from the college or university previously attended (save as: 8a-surname.pdf)
    b) Photocopy of all previous degree(s)
    (save as: 8b-surname.pdf)

  9. Photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)


    Photocopy of passport (for international applicants)

    (save as: 9-surname.pdf)

  10. Photocopy of Bank Transfer of non-refundable application fee of 800 THB (MA Program) or 1,000 THB (PhD Program) (save as: fee-surname.pdf)

    Applicants outside of Thailand, please pay the fee in one of the two following ways:

    • A Bank Draft of:

      • MA Applicant: 950 THB total (800 THB application fee + 150 THB bank charge)

      • PhD Applicant: 1,150 THB total (1,000 THB application fee + 150 THB bank charge)

    • A SWIFT or Telegraphic Transfer of:

      • MA Applicant: 1,100 THB total (800 THB application fee + 300 THB bank charge)

      • PhD Applicant: 1,300 THB total (1,000 THB application fee + 300 THB bank charge) 

    Bank Information:

    Account Name: Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

    Account Number: 045-206661-0 (Savings Account)

    Bank Name: The Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)

    Bank Branch: Saphakachad (Thai Red Cross) Branch

    Bank Address: 1873 Henri Dunant Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand

    Bank Telephone: 02-254-1555

    Swift Code: SICOTHBK

*Please note that if submitted by email, the email must be sent from the referee’s address, separate from the student’s application submission.

*Please note that if submitted by email, the email must be sent from the referee’s address, separate from the student’s application submission.

What to include in your Letter of Recommendation:

  • How is the applicant known to you?

  • How long have you known the applicant?

  • Has the applicant discussed his/her motivation for undertaking the MA in International Development Studies with you?

  • How well do you know the applicant’s academic work?

  • In your opinion how well does the applicant’s studies/professional experience to date equip him or her to follow the MAIDS programme? 

  • You may wish to provide specific comment on the applicant’s qualities: analytical skill, communication skill, motivation, etc.

  • To your knowledge does the applicant have any other qualifications relevant to this application?

  • Do you have any other comments on this applicant’s application to Chulalongkorn University for Graduate Study?