The Lincoln Scholarship Program will benefit approximately 100 scholars from diverse backgrounds split into three cohorts to begin their U.S. studies in fall 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Applications for Cohorts 1 and 2 are already closed.  For information on whether or not you are eligible to apply for the Lincoln Scholarship Program, please visit the Eligibility page.

Application Information for Cohort 3 

Phase One: Application (Open May 24, 2021)
Applicants register, complete, and submit their applications online at The application includes:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Education History
  3. Academic Interest
  4. Professional Experience & Employment History
  5. Contact Information
  6. Two documents:
    1. A copy of both sides of National Identification Card (NRC) and front face page of passport if available
    2. Copy of degree certificate/s

Once the applicants complete and submit their applications, each applicant’s information is reviewed to ensure the applicant meets all the eligibility criteria to apply for the Lincoln Scholarship.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will move on to the next phase as soon as they are deemed eligible.

Phase Two: English Diagnostic Test (Rolling basis from May 24, 2021 to June 20, 2021)
Applicants who pass phase one of the application will be invited to take the English diagnostic test.  Applicants can begin to take the English diagnostic test as soon as they pass phase one and any time after but no later than June 20, 2021. Applicants who earn 460 or higher on the English diagnostic test will move on to phase three.

Phase Three: Essays and Supporting Documents (rolling basis from June 20, 2021)
Applicants who pass phase three will be provided with essay prompts they must respond to. Applicants will also be asked to provide three recommendation letters and official transcripts. Each applicant’s essays, recommendation letters, and supporting documents are reviewed by the review panel and applicants who are deemed to fit the profile of a Lincoln Scholar will be asked to participate in an in-person interview in phase four.  

Phase Four: In-person Panel Interviews
Approximately 100 applicants will be selected by the review panel for an in-person interview.  The program will inform those who are selected for an interview via email.

Required Documents

  1. Official Academic Records
    1. Degree certificate of all degrees earned (Phase One)
    2. Transcripts with complete record of grades from all the universities attended and all the years attended (Phase Three)
  2. A copy of both sides of National Identification Card (NRC) and front face page of passport if available (Phase One)
  3. 3 letters of recommendation. 2 must be professional, 1 can be from a community leader (Phase Three)

Recommendation letters in English are preferred but if your recommender cannot provide one in English, the letters can be written in Burmese for phase three. If an applicant is selected for an in-person interview, the recommendation letters need to be translated into English before the interview date.

Selection Criteria

  • All applications are checked against the eligibility criteria, language skills, and
       assessment of the essays as follows.
    • Clarity of academic and career goals
    • Concrete and measurable plan to contribute to the development of Myanmar
    • Evidence of leadership skills or community involvement
  • In addition, recommendation letters are carefully reviewed for the description of an
       applicant as someone who fits the Lincoln Scholarship profile.

Application Submission

Apply Here

Please do not submit more than one application.

Application Timeline for Cohort 3

Application Phases

Start Date

Due Date

Phase 1 (Eligibility Criteria)

May 24, 2021

June 20, 2021

Phase 2 (Language Skills)

May 24, 2021

June 20, 2021

Phase 3 (Selection Criteria)

May 24, 2021

August 1, 2021

Phase 4 (Interview Announcement)

September 16, 2021

September 20, 2021

Phase 4 (In-person Interview)

September 27, 2021

October 1, 2021

Awards announcement

October 20, 2021

Deadline to accept the award

October 27, 2021


Post-Selection Timeline

Applicants selected to be awarded a Lincoln Scholarship will follow the following post-selection timeline.

Action Item

Start Date

Due Date


October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Virtual Orientation

October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021

Online TOEFL iBT course

November 1, 2021

December 10, 2021

Take TOEFL iBT at home test

December 13, 2021

December 17, 2021

Online GRE course

January 3, 2022

February 4, 2022

Take GRE at home test

February 7, 2022

February 11, 2022


December, 2021

Mid-June, 2022

Pre-academic training and pre-departure orientation

Mid-June 2022

July 31, 2022

Applicants who are selected for the Lincoln Scholarship will have to take the official test and earn at least 6.5 on each component for IELTS or 550 on TOEFL-ITP/PBT and 85 on TOEFL-iBT. 

Resource Links

TOEFL ITP Diagnostic Test Preparation Resources