WWF funds ed­u­ca­tion fel­low­ships

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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.

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