WWF funds education fellowships
AN international environmental advocacy group is to give tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to allow Myanmar students to pursue their studies. World Wide Fund for Nature Myanmar will present the Education for Nature fellowship awards next March.
WWF Myanmar has already handed out three awards this year: two to master’s students and one to a PhD candidate. They will assess how much financial support each successful applicant needs and will decide whether or not they can grant further awards in the coming year, said U Thiha Oo, the EFN coordinator for WWF Myanmar.
“The funding – up to US$30,000 a year, and not more than $60,000 for two years – supports two years of study for successful candidates at top universities around the world, so that they can then return to use their expertise in Myanmar for at least two years. I hope more students will receive the awards in the coming year,” he said.
Though the grant can cover the two-year period of a master’s degree program, PhD students on a threeyear course will have to fund their final year.
U Win Maung Aye, one of the successful PhD applicants, said, “Students who live in developing countries like Myanmar can’t easily afford to go abroad to study. This program will provide an opportunity for further study. I’m very glad that WWF is allowing students in developing countries to help maintain their countries’ natural resources.”
EFN has operated in Myanmar since 2014 and has funded eight students – five master’s and three PhDs – over the past three years. They also offer professional development grants for short-term training, organisational workshop grants and reforestation grants.