Scholarship

The Burma Star Scholarship Programme

The remarkable achievements of the 14th Army live on in the accomplishments of our Burma Star Scholars. Our scholarship partner is the University College London. We are dependent on donations and the support of philanthropic partners to help us to fund these scholarships and are always delighted to hear from potential funders of our scholars.

What is the Burma Star Scholarship?

The Burma Star Scholarship reflects the multi-national nature of the Allied force which fought in Burma - the most diverse of any force in the Second World War – by being open to graduates from any Allied nation which contributed military forces.

The Burma Star Scholars study at UCL in fields related to the campaign. They are drawn from around the world and have a passion for changing the world and tackling the issues which we all face in the future. Like the 14th Army, they are excited by the thought that the world can be a better place.

Over time, the Burma Star Scholars and alumni will become a global network of influence and cooperation, with a bond and brand that mirrors that of the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship programmes. Their spirit and their skills will link them forever back to the 14th Army in Burma, while helping them to create a better world for us all.

The scholarship programme is open to those studying a UCL Masters degree in Global Health and Development, Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Engineering for International Development

These subjects are close to the hearts of anyone who fought in the Burma Campaign, and anyone who remembers them.

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The Burma Star Scholars will study at UCL in fields related to the campaign.

Applying for a Burma Star Scholarship

Please click here to find out more information including eligibility and how to apply.

Applications for the Burma Star Scholarship must be made through the UCL website.

Who can apply

In the years 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 the eligibility criteria will be:

  • Candidates who have accepted and met the conditions of an offer of admission to study on the Engineering for International Development MSc offered by UCL Faculty of Engineering.
  • Candidates who are residents of: Myanmar, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Belgium, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, Gambia, The Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Tanzania, West Indies, South Africa.

In the years 2022/23, 2023/2024 and 2024/25 the eligibility criteria will be:

  • Candidates who have accepted and met the conditions of an offer of admission to study on one of the MSc programmes offered by the UCL Institute of Global Health.
  • Candidates who are residents of: Myanmar, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Belgium, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, Gambia, The Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Tanzania, West Indies, South Africa

Candidates that have accepted and met the conditions of an offer of admission to study at UCL and meet the above eligibility criteria will be invited to apply for the scholarship.

The application will take the form of a personal statement by the applicants explaining why they are applying for the scholarship, their interest in their chosen subject, their knowledge of the Burma Campaign and what qualities they will bring to the programme if selected.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, either in person or via telephone or video call, with the Selection Panel.

The award is solely for the academic year for which the student has applied for. If the student decides to defer when they begin their programme, the award cannot be transferred or delayed to a subsequent academic year and will be awarded to another eligible candidate.

How do I apply

All applications for the Burma Star scholarship must be made via the UCL website

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All applications will be assessed and shortlisted by UCL. During the shortlisting process preference will be given to students who meet one, or more, of the below criteria:

  • Candidates in demonstrable financial need
  • Candidates with a knowledge of, or interest in, the Burma Campaign
  • Candidates who are willing to act as an ambassador for The Burma Star Scholarship

Our Scholars

The Burma Star Scholarship was launched in 2019 and we awarded our first scholarship in June of that year. Read more about our scholars below.

 
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Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi

Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi

Our first Burma Star Scholar is Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi. A Canadian resident, Akaraseth will start UCL’s MSc in Engineering for International Development in September 2019.

Akaraseth graduated from McGill university in Canada with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then worked in Thailand as a Renewable Energy Consultant for Mott MacDonald, providing technical advisory services to project developers and financial institutions across the Asia-Pacific region. In mid 2018 he joined the United Nations Development Programme as a Junior Sustainable Energy Consultant. His main responsibility there was to collaborate with regional technical advisors on sustainable energy and climate change mitigation strategies across the Asia-Pacific region. Akaraseth is delighted to become the inaugural Burma Star Scholar “This MSc provides an ideal platform for me to collaborate with students from diverse backgrounds who share the same commitment and passion for a more sustainable future. I am very excited to learn from their leadership and experiences.”

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Kushma Thapa

Kushma Thapa is our second Burma Star Scholar and is from Nepal.

Kushma graduated from the Himalayan College of Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and then spent four years assisting with the reconstruction of her country after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. She moved to Nottingham in 2019 to study Sustainable Urban Design at Nottingham University. She was delighted when she was offered a Burma Star Scholarship in June 2020 and joined UCL’s MSc in Engineering for International Development in September 2020.