Public Administration Masters Scholarship for Myanmar Students

Young people from Myanmar will receive support to study a Masters in Public Administration and Policy, through a scholarship inspired by the British economist John Maynard Keynes.

The scholarship builds on Maynard Keynes’ idea that investment in public services creates a multiplier effect with financial and social benefits building over time, far beyond the original investment.

The scholarship is open to anyone who lives in, or is from Myanmar. Public services including health, justice and education have widely collapsed in the country due to multiple crises. The scholarship aims to help an individual gain the expert skills and knowledge needed to create sustainable public services which can benefit communities across Myanmar.

There is a choice of two courses, both lasting two years and taught in English, at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok, Thailand:

Students can apply for the scholarship through Prospect Burma, which publishes the criteria and application process for all its scholarship support on its website. The deadline to apply is 31 January 2022.

Students will need to apply separately to NIDA for admission onto the courses. The eligibility criteria and course outlines are in the links above. The application process is not yet open, details will be published on their website.

This opportunity is funded by the generosity of the Peter and Rosy Gent Scholarship for Public Policy and Administration. Peter and Rosy Gent had careers covering public administration and teaching. In Peter’s case, this included periods abroad and working with international institutions like the United Nations. They have made several trips to Myanmar and have a great attachment to the country and its people.

Mr and Mrs Gent said:

“This scholarship has been set up in memory of the internationally famous economist Maynard Keynes and his wonderful wife, the Russian ballet dancer Lydia Lopokova. They were involved throughout their lives in a whole range of activities of benefit to the public.

“We hope this scholarship will encourage students to look to public service as a career and help them make the sort of contribution to Myanmar that Maynard Keynes did so importantly to the United Kingdom and the international community.”

The Peter and Rosy Gent Scholarship for Public Policy and Administration is administered by Prospect Burma, an education charity for Myanmar based in the UK. NIDA is kindly providing a 50% waiver on its tuition fees.