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About the AST

The ASEAN Scholarship for Tourism (AST) scheme is the first initiative taken by ATRA to assist scholars desiring to pursue post graduate studies and research on ASEAN tourism relevant to the principles and objectives of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025. This is part of ATRA’s objective to promote ASEAN integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), with specific focus on the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) priorities.

The Blueprint identifies two strategic directions, namely:

i.    To enhance competitiveness of ASEAN

       as a single tourism destination.

ii.   To achieve a more sustainable and

       inclusive pattern of ASEAN tourism.

AST details

Two categories of scholarships are offered:

  1. ASEAN Scholarship for Tourism, which is open to nationals of all ASEAN member countries

  2. Global ASEAN Scholarship for Tourism, which is open to nationals of all ASEAN member countries, all Dialogue Partners of ASEAN and others.


For both of the categories of the scholarships being offered, the programs can be conducted in the host institutions located in any of the ASEAN member countries.

The offer of the scholarships shall be made by the member institutions of ATRA and awarded by its Board of Directors.

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Selection Process

Eligibility :

For Doctor of Philosophy;

  • Master’s Degree (Coursework/ Mixed-mode) with CGPA ≥ 3.50 or equivalent by Research mode

  • At least 1 article published in peer-reviewed journals

For Master’s Degree;

  • Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA ≥ 3.50 or equivalent from any recognized local or foreign universities.

Selection Criteria :

a) Written application and interview

  • Academic excellence at the tertiary level (40%)

  • Leadership in the community (30%)

  • Adaptability and Resilience (15%)

  • Ability to contribute to ATRA goals (15%)


b) Research proposal:

  • The research proposal should be related and relevant to the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016 -2025 (ATSP) priority areas.

Closing of application

 *To be announced

The following institutions in ASEAN are offering a total of 6 full scholarships worth USD 130,000.00

Indonesia : 
Trisakti School of Tourism  

Malaysia :
Taylor’s University

Philippines :
Lyceum of the Philippines University

Thailand :
Prince of Songkla University 

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