The Lincoln Scholarship Program will benefit approximately 135 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, 3 and 4 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 5
Phase One: Application (March 6, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. MMT – March 31, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. MMT)
Those who have previously created an account on the Lincoln Scholarship application webpage should use their existing account to apply for 2023-24 award. New applicants must register, complete, and submit their applications through the Lincoln Scholarship website.
The application includes:
- Personal Information
- Education History
- Academic Interests (Must explain in 150 words why you are interested in the field of study you are choosing)
- Professional Experience & Employment History
- Contact Information
- Upload required Supporting Documents:
- A bachelor’s Degree certificate
- A master’s Degree certificate (If any)
- A copy of both sides of National Registration Card (NRC)
- A copy of front page of passport (If available)
Once the applicants thoroughly 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 first come first served basis and applicants will move on to the next phase as soon as they are deemed eligible.
After applicants hit “submit,” we begin a comprehensive review that has 3 additional phases. The application stage and additional stages are described below.
Phase Two: English Diagnostic Test (rolling basis from Phase One application result)
Applicants who pass phase one of the application will be informed to take the English diagnostic test on the Teaching and e-Learning platform. Test date will be provided after payment and registration for the test. Applicants who earn 525 or higher on the English diagnostic test will move on to phase three.
Phase Three: Essays and Supporting Documents (rolling basis from Phase Two application result with the deadline of April 28, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. MMT)
Applicants who pass phase two will receive a message from the application system and be provided with the essay prompts they must respond to. Applicants will have to provide three recommendation letters and all official transcripts of universities attended along with their essays. Each applicant’s essays, recommendation letters, and supporting documents are evaluated by panel of reviewers for the description of an applicant as someone who fits the Lincoln Scholarship profile.
Phase Four: Panel Interviews and Final Selection
Approximately 75 applicants will be selected by the review panel for an interview. The program will inform those who are selected for an interview via email.
Required Supporting Documents
- Degree certificate of all degrees earned
- A copy of BOTH SIDE of National Registration Card (NRC) and
- A copy of a front page of passport (If available)
- Transcripts with complete record of grades from all the universities attended and all the years attended
- 3 letters of recommendation
Recommendation letters in English are preferred but if your recommender cannot provide one in English, the letters can be written in Burmese. However, if the applicant is selected for an in-person interview, the recommendation letters need to be translated before the interview date.
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
Please do not submit more than one application
Application Timeline for Cohort 5
|Application Phases||Start Date||Due Date|
|Phase One: Eligibility Criteria||March 06, 2023@ 11:30 p.m. MMT||March 31, 2023@ 11:30 p.m. MMT|
|Phase Two: Language Skills||Rolling Basis from Phase One application result.|
|Phase Three: Selection Criteria||Rolling Basis fromPhase Two application result.||April 28, 2023@ 11:30 p.m. MMT|
|Phase Four: Interview Announcement||July 03, 2023|
|Phase Four: Panel Interviews||July 10, 2023||July 21, 2023|
|Awards announcement||August 07, 2023|
|Deadline to accept the award||August 09, 2023|
Applicants selected to be awarded a Lincoln Scholarship will follow the following post-selection timeline.
|Action Item||Start Date||Due Date|
|Enrollment||August 14, 2023|
|Virtual Orientation||August 16, 2023||August 17, 2023|
|Online TOEFL iBT course||August 28, 2023||October 08, 2023|
|Take TOEFL iBT at home test||October 15, 2023||October 31, 2023|
|Online GRE course||November 06, 2023||December 17, 2023|
|Take GRE at home test||December 25, 2023||January 14, 2024|
|Pre-academic training||Mid-June, 2024||Mid-July 2024|
|Pre-departure orientation||July 01, 2024|
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.
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