Scholarship Eligibility

Students may apply for financial supports from CMU and/or SPP within the deadlines.

The School of Public Policy Research Fellowship Programs: Academic Year 2022-2023

The School of Public Policy (CMU-SPP) at Chiang Mai University in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) provides a collaborative research platform called the “Myanmar Reimagined Initiative (MRI)” for convening, promoting, and aggregating research work related to Myanmar. It is considered ‘safe space’ for Myanmar nationals to gain freedom and independence to develop their own research ideas with access to excellent facilities. The main objective is to continue capacity development of and create adequate conditions for Myanmar change agents and policy-related scholars to further develop their knowledge and skills in policy process and political participation. The overarching goal for this fellowship is to continue support effective public policy and administration, political participation, and democratic reform in order to maintain the country’s development progress.
While in Thailand all fellows have wide opportunities to travel, to do field work, to connect with international networks and to carry out short-term secondment in development industry or the non-academic sector locally or abroad. The fellowship program has a distinct focus on capacity development for especially young scholars/practitioners offering both academic mentorship, career development in transferable skills, organized networking with development partners and opportunities to plan and carry through large-scale multidisciplinary and international conferences.

Eligibility: Myanmar nationals with background as scholars, policymakers, politicians, practitioners, civil servants, think tanks and civil society members.

Application: Complete the form “APPLICATION FOR CMU-SPP RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP” sent in the email invitation. Applicant needs to attach a brief detail of research interest/proposal.

Review Criteria: The selection of fellows is made based on research proposals from applicants with good English language proficiency, the capacity to enhance Myanmar academic/practitioner/policy research networks related to Myanmar and the impact of their research work. SPP employs need-based approach in selection criterion.

Fellowship Timeline: Fellowship contract is signed for 6 months starting from 01 July 2022 – 31 December 2022.

IDRC Scholarship for AY2023 is available for 3-5 fellows. Application opens now and follows CMU admission schedule.

For more information >>> SPP Call for Fellowship Application_AY2022

Prospect Burma Scholarship

The Prospect Burma Scholarship aims provide study abroad opportunities for students who are passionate about the future development of Myanmar.

Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy is excited to announce its collaboration with Prospect Burma to offer Scholarships which will enable students from Myanmar to pursue either a master’s degree or Ph.D. in Public Policy.

There are 5 scholarships with the School of Public Policy, plus monthly living expenses in Chiang Mai which is covered by Prospect Burma.

To be eligible for a Prospect Burma scholarship, applicants MUST:

  • Be originally from Myanmar, priority will be given to applicants who are currently residing in and applying from Myanmar
  • Be in the process of enrolling or have acceptance for, and/or enrolled in a master’s degree at an accredited university, in any country but especially those in South East Asia. Prospect Burma will ask for copy of the acceptance letter from the University only for shortlisted candidates.
  • Already studying, or accepted, for a Ph.D. Please note Ph.D. students will be eligible to receive funding for a maximum of three years.

How To Apply

  • First, submit an application through the Chiang Mai University Graduate School. Key Chiang Mai University application dates:
    • Application Round One: 15 November 2022 – 15 January 2023
    • Application Round Two: 16 January 202 – 25 April 2023
  • Submit a separate scholarship application to Prospect Burma no later than 31 January 2023.
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the SPP Selection Committee.
  • Once admitted by the School of Public Policy, Prospect Burma will review student’s applications and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with Prospect Burma.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with Prospect Burma in May, and the scholarship recipient will be informed via email in June.


PhD Scholarship Availability

  1. CMU Presidential Scholarship
    You may be eligible to apply for the CMU Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship requires excellent academic performance as demonstrated by a minimum of 3.50 GPA of 4.00 grading system in the Master’s degree level and the submission of Certificate of English Language Proficiency, TOEFL or IELTS or CMU e-TEGS only. (IELTS scores of 6.0 or equivalent, TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based) or 183 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based), CMU e-TEGS scores of 70). Details of funding click here.
  2. CMU TA/RA Grants
    Chiang Mai University provides TA/RA grant amount of up to 108,000 Baht per year, payable at 9,000 Baht per month, of up to three years for the enrolled graduate student.
    In the application process, there will be both CMU Presidential Scholarship and Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant. The applicant will be able to apply for either one or both types of the scholarships but will be granted the eligibility to receive only one type of the scholarship. More information about this grant click here.


MA Scholarship Availability

SPP is committed to attracting talented students from around the world. Chiang Mai University and our partners offer a range of scholarship, fellowship, and research grants for students studying at the School of Public Policy and encourage students to seek external sources of funding. CMU and SPP scholarships and tuition awards are available granted on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. Please check our website before you start your application and develop the research proposal. Applicants for the MA program may be eligible for the following financial aid packages:

Full Scholarship:

  • Young Policy Scholar Scholarship (YPSS)
    For students interested in pursuing academic career and enrolling in a MA plus PhD in Public Policy, School of Public Policy provides full tuition awards for both MA and PhD programs with monthly stipends and housing. The scholarship requires academic excellence with GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 scale and IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Young Policy Innovator (YPI)
    The School of Public Policy Young Policy Innovator scholarship seeks to develop the next generation of policy leaders capable of leveraging innovative toolkit of policies to materially impact development for just sustainable outcomes. School of Public Policy provides full tuition award for MA program with monthly stipends and housing. The scholarship requires academic excellence with GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale and IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Tuition Scholarship:

  • Inclusive Policy Designer
  • Innovative Policy Designer
  • Transformative Policy Designer
    Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy drives a mission to develop policy design community that helps deliver meaningful outcomes for citizens. Students interested in using multidisciplinary research-design-test-build approach to make public services more inclusive, innovative and transformative are supported by SPP Policy Designer Scholarships that grant full tuition award for one-year MA program enrollment. The scholarship requires academic excellence with GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale and a submission of powerful research proposal. All applicants submitting their application by the Chiang Mai University application deadline will be automatically considered.


Tuition Fee for MA

330,000 THB (1 year)

Tuition Fee for PhD

480,000 THB (3 years) or 720,000 THB (4 years)