FAQs

Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions. If you have any questions, please read through these before contacting the Prospect Burma office. We are a very small team with limited capacity, and many of the issues you experience should be answered here or in the application guidance notes.


When can I apply for a PB scholarship?

The PB scholarship application period runs from every November/December for awards for the forthcoming academic year. You are encouraged to regularly check our website https://prospectburma.org/students from every November.  Please carefully read the updated scholarship guidance notes at that time.
Back to Top


What kind of qualifications does PB support?

PB supports students undertaking Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees. Awards are for one year only, however continuing students are eligible to apply for an additional PB scholarship for every subsequent year that they are studying. Students should be aware that funding for a Master’s degree course is for a maximum of two years and that for a PhD course, a maximum of three years.
Back to Top


How do I qualify for a scholarship?

Prospect Burma supports students who are originally from Myanmar. We accept students regardless of their ethnicity, and from across the whole country. Priority will be given to students currently resident in and applying from Myanmar. You must already be accepted on a University course, and be able to provide evidence of this. If you have been accepted onto a course but do you not yet have written confirmation, you will be allowed to provide evidence at a later date (in May if you are shortlisted for the interview).
Back to Top


What does the application process entail?

You will need to submit a completed application form which will includes two essay questions, along with confirmation of your university acceptance letter, your academic certificates, your academic transcripts, two written academic references and English qualification document (IELTS, TOEFL). See Guidance Notes before you start your application.
Back to Top


When is the deadline for application?

The deadline for new applicants is 31st January 2019 and that for continuing students is 28th February 2019 for 2019-2020 academic year.
Back to Top


I am not a graduate, may I apply for a scholarship?

If you are not a graduate you can apply for a Bachelor’s degree, but we expect that you must have already passed the matriculation exam.
Back to Top


I am a grad student, may I apply for a scholarship?

If you are a graduate student, you can apply not only for a Bachelor’s but also for a Master’s Degree. Please also carefully check the entry requirements of the university you wish to apply to.
Back to Top


I plan to pursue a Master’s degree / Ph.D. Can I apply for a PB scholarship?

Yes, you can apply. Please note that the PB funding for a Master’s degree course is for a maximum of two years, and that for a PhD course it is for a maximum of three years. Students need to apply to the universities by themselves.
Back to Top


Do you prioritise particular Universities

We prefer to fund students studying at ASEAN countries, as studying in these countries is cost effective as opposed to Western countries.
Back to Top


I am currently a student at a University abroad. Can I apply for a PB scholarship?

If you are midway through your course, you are eligible to apply for a PB scholarship.  Please complete all sections of the application form as detailed in the guidance notes.
Back to Top


If I receive a PB scholarship, will I receive a cheque or does the money go to my University?

Currently, the scholarship will be paid directly to the student’s own bank account.  Prospect Burma is in the process of building relationships with a number of Universities in South East Asia and negotiating fee waivers, and plan to transfer course fees directly to the University where student is undertaking a course. The maintenance and other amounts will be transferred to student’s own bank account.
Back to Top


Do I have to be currently enrolled in a University before I begin applying for a PB scholarship?

No, you don’t have to be enrolled for a course before you begin your scholarship application. However, we expect that you apply to a University in due course and are prepared to submit a copy of the acceptance letter at a later stage. We will ask for the copy of University Acceptance letter only if you are shortlisted for the Scholarship interview.
Back to Top


If I don’t have an acceptance letter from my University, can I still apply for a PB scholarship?

You can apply for PB scholarship (see our answer to question above) even if you don’t have an acceptance letter from your University. However, we expect that you are prepared to submit a copy of the acceptance letter from your University to us if you are shortlisted for the Scholarship interview.
Back to Top


I have not applied for a University course yet, can I apply for a PB scholarship?

Yes, you can. However, we expect that you apply to a University in due course and are prepared to submit a copy of the acceptance letter at a later stage. We will ask for the copy of University Acceptance letter only if you are shortlisted for the Scholarship interview.
Back to Top


I have not undertaken TOEFL or IELTs tests. Are there any other acceptable English Language qualifications?

Your University will have its own English qualification requirement, which it will expect you to fulfil before undertaking a course. Check with your university that you have the expected English language qualification.
Back to Top


Does PB have a minimum score of TOEFL / IELTS or other acceptable English Language test requirement?

No, but you will need to get the minimum score requirement of the university you want to attend.
Back to Top


Does PB have a standard recommendation letter format?

No.
Back to Top


What is the average Scholarship awarded per person?

The average amount we award per person per year is £4000 for courses taken in South East Asian countries. We occasionally award scholarships for students studying in Western countries; in such cases, our average award will not be more than £8000 per person per year.
Back to Top


Does Prospect Burma prioritise certain subjects

Working with stakeholders, Prospect Burma has identified the following subjects, which are an important part of Myanmar’s democratic development. We encourage students in these academic fields to apply for a PB scholarship. Any other subjects will be considered at PB’s discretion, but are likely to be rejected.

Information and Digital technology / computer science
Environmental engineering, geosciences and mineral / mine surveying
Conflict, peace studies
Ecology, environmental and sustainability studies, maritime conservation
MBA, Finance and accounting
International law, Maritime law
Special needs education
communications / journalism
Human resource management
Tourism and hospitality management
Public administration and governance
Social science, politics and international relations
Education
Nursing, pharmacy and public health

Back to Top


How many people are awarded scholarships per year?

On average we award Scholarships to 20 to 30 new students and 50 to 60 continuing students each year.
Back to Top


Does PB provide full scholarships?

At the moment, PB provides only partial scholarships.
Back to Top


Does PB allow students to apply for another scholarship at the same time?

Students who have already received another ‘partial’ scholarship are also eligible to apply for PB partial scholarship. Students will be asked to provide information about the amounts they have applied for from other sources. Students are not eligible to apply to PB if they already received a ‘full’ scholarship from another organization.
Back to Top