- Establish opportunities, in partnership with a number of universities and military training establishments, to develop the Scholarship and Awards critieria.

- We plan to fund a number of Burma Star Scholarships in perpetuity through a permanently endowed programme.



- We are looking for a philanthropic partner for each of our Scholarships.

- Co-branding of the Burma Star Scholarships is available to our partners.


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

Applying for a Burma Star Scholarship

Applications for the Burma Star Scholarship and Awards must be made through the Burma Star Memorial Fund Director. Click here to download the application form.

Who can apply

Anyone may apply using the above form for any academic study, whether BA, MA or PhD. 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 through UCL.

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 years 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, apart from those through UCL, must be made via the Burma Star Memorial Fund Director. Click here to download the application form.


All applications will be assessed and shortlisted. 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.

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.”

Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi

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.