Master's Program


Scholarship Information for Academic Year 2022

MA student scholarships are available from a variety of sources: from the MA program itself, from Chiang Mai University, and from a range of outside donors and organizations including Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG), the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Prospect Burma, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and a range of others. Please contact us during the application period for more information on scholarships.

MA program scholarship from the program

The MA program grants 1 or 2 scholarships to qualified candidates from Asian countries.

CMU Presidential Scholarship

Chiang Mai University (CMU) is offering 200 Presidential Scholarships at the graduate level per year. The scholarships was first offered in the 2019 academic year and continues to offer a great opportunity for students to study at CMU for both Thai and foreign persons who possess high potential and meet the scholarship requirements.

TA/RA Scholarships from CMU Graduate School

Chiang Mai University has some budget to support graduate students to work as Teaching Assistants (TA’s) and Research Assistants (RA’s) for those applying to enroll in either regular or international master’s or doctoral degree programs with a thesis.

Thailand Government Scholarship 2021-2022 – TIPP Scholarship 2021

More information please visit the TICA website

MA Program Scholarship

Our MA program grants 1 or 2 scholarships for qualified candidates from Asian countries.
The scholarship offers full funding, covering costs as detailed following:

For the 1st Academic Year 2022

Detail Amount in Thai baht
Tuition fee in full covering 2 semesters 160,000 – (non-Thai students)
120,000 – (Thai students)
Monthly allowance;
June 2021 – May 2022
12,000 – per month,
inclusive of housing expenses
Arrival Allowance

A one way air-ticket (home country – Chiang Mai; economy class) at the minimum possible price; travel-related costs such as visa application fees; taxi within a budget of 15,000 baht.

Please note: receipts need to show financial evidence for all expenses; boarding passes, air-ticket receipts and visa application fee receipts.

**Please note: The scholarship will not cover the cost of renewing visa within Thailand after the first academic year (1,900 baht per year).

Books and supplies 5,000

For the 2nd Academic Year 2023

Detail Amount/Thai baht
Tuition fees in full for 2 semesters 160,000
Monthly allowance;
June 2021 – May 2022
12,000 per month,
inclusive of housing expenses
Field research expenses 20,000
Thesis English editing 8,000
Thesis supplement 3,000
One-way air ticket (Chiang Mai – home country; economy class) for return after graduation. Ticket will be arranged by RCSD

Tips: Research fields that will be given priority for scholarships:

  • Land governance in the Mekong region
  • ASEAN integration and mobility flows
  • Food, water and energy security
  • Urbanization and climate change
  • Cultural heritage and consumption
  • Ethnicity and health issues in development


  1. Applicants from Asia countries who apply to study in the International program MA in Social Science (Development Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.
  2. Bachelor’s degree holder with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (based on a maximum 4.00 scale)
  3. Certificate of English proficiency from within the last 2 years; (at least one of the following)
    A: TOEFL at least 550 (PBT), 183 (CBT), 79 (IBT)
    B: IELTS at least 6.00

How to apply

Complete the scholarship application form and submit it together with all the required documents to Ann via email ( or ) by 31 March 2021

If you submit all the required documents, you will be invited to have an entrance interview via email. This interview is for both admission to the program and scholarship selection.