Myanmar Research Fellowships | “Understanding Myanmar’s Development”

The Myanmar Research Fellowships are now open. This fellowship supports Myanmar scholars to undertake research under under “Understanding Myanmar’s Development” program. There are ten awards available. Each of those covers varied amount of award.

Fellowship Description
The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University invites Burmese/Myanmar scholars, researchers, NGOs & CBOs workers and media and etc. to apply for the research fellowships under “Understanding Myanmar’s Development” program.  The research fellowships granted will cover the areas of Social and economic development, Agrarian transformation, Environment and climate change, Health and health care systems, Media and society, and Salween River Basin.

Award Value
Each of the successful fellows will receive benefit valued depending on the specifics of the proposed project. The award will cover research expenses ranging from $1,600 to $3,200 USD per project. In addition, each awardee will receive a stipend of about $300 USD per month for the 12-month period. The program will also cover fellows’ travel expenses and accommodation for the scheduled workshops in Chiang Mai and Yangon.

Level and Area of Studies
Research program in the field of Social and economic development, Agrarian transformation, Environment and climate change, Health and health care systems, Media and society, and Salween River Basin.

Place of Study
The research will be done in Thailand and Myanmar

Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible, students must meet the given criteria as follow:

  • Be a citizen and permanent resident of Myanmar, or a Myanmar citizen living in a neighboring country interested in studying Myanmar border issues and/or migration issues;
  • Possess (at a minimum) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably gained within the last five years;
  • Be sufficiently proficient in English writing, reading and speaking to complete scholarly work;
  • Demonstrate interest in development-related issues through their work experience or study.

In addition, the successful applicants must:

  • Be committed to undertaking a research project through the fellowship period up to the completion of a revised research report;
  • Be able to attend two two-week training programs in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one at the beginning and one toward the end of the fellowship program; and attend shorter (one-week) workshops in Yangon, Myanmar during the course of the year.

Applicants’ Nationality
Only Myanmar/Burmese researchers are welcome to apply for this fellowship.

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Application Instruction
The application packet must be consisting the documents as follow:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal of up to 2,500 words (excluding references) describing the research problem, research questions and objectives, the research methods to be used, and the plan for completing the project in twelve months.
  • A personal statement of about 500-800 words, describing your reasons for wishing to join the program and your plans after completing the fellowship;
  • Photocopies of educational degrees and certificates;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Two recommendation letters.

Submission Deadline
Please anticipate the deadline in October each year.

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