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USAID Lincoln Scholarship Program

USAID Lincoln Scholarship Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Lincoln Scholarship Program is investing in the professional education of approximately 130 young Myanmar leaders from diverse backgrounds. Selected applicants will receive a Lincoln Scholarship to obtain a master’s degree from a U.S. university in fields of study that are critical to Myanmar’s development. The program will empower scholars with the technical knowledge, leadership skills, and respect for diversity to address Myanmar’s development challenges.

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The Lincoln Scholarship Program will achieve USAID’s goal of improving the technical competencies and enhancing the leadership potential of the next generation of leaders to guide Myanmar along a path of inclusive socio-economic development. Sixty percent of the population of Myanmar is under the age of 35. To date, few have had access to postgraduate education opportunities.


To be eligible for the Lincoln Scholarship you must be a citizen of Myanmar and currently reside in Myanmar be 40-years old and under, and have at least the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with good academic achievement. Eligible applicants will have at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience and must be available to attend pre-academic training in Yangon upon selection.


The Lincoln Scholarship Program will benefit approximately 130 scholars from diverse backgrounds split into five cohorts to begin their U.S. studies in fall 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Applications for Cohorts 1,2 and 3 are already closed. Apply now for Cohort 4 at https://myapp.iie.org/lincolnscholarship