USAID Lincoln Scholarship Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Lincoln Scholarship Program is investing in the professional education of approximately 100 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 and promote a stable, prosperous, and pluralistic society. The program strongly encourages women, people with a disability, people from ethnic minority and religious groups and people who have not previously received a long-term international scholarship to apply.

​Application Timeline

Application opens                                           April 20, 2020
Application deadline                                       June 7, 2020 (online)
                                                                          June 5, 2020 (by mail)

Diagnostic Test (Required)                            June 10 – 21, 2020 (10,000 MMK)
First screening result                                      June 24, 2020
Application Reading                                       Second screening process
Second screening result                                 August 24, 2020
In-person technical interview                       August 29 – September 13, 2020
Awards announcement                                  September 21, 2020
Deadline to accept or reject the award       September 24, 2020

To be eligible for the Lincoln Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of Myanmar and currently resides in Myanmar
  • Must be 40 ­­­years old and under
  • Have at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with good academic achievement
  • Have at least 5 years of work experience
  • Must be available to attend pre-academic training in Yangon upon selection (see the timeline)

The types of work experience that are eligible for Lincoln Scholarship can include:

  • full-time employment
  • paid or unpaid internships (at least 10 hr./week for 3 months to be counted as work experience)

You are not eligible for the Lincoln Scholarship if you:

  • Hold a citizenship other than Myanmar ­­­
  • Have earned a bachelor’s from U.S., U.K., Australia, EU countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, or Japan OR a master’s degree from any country other than Myanmar
  • Have not met the minimum 5-year work experience requirement for the scholarship before submitting the application
  • Are current or recent employee of Institute of International Education (IIE) or Thabyay Education Foundation (TEF) or immediate family members of IIE or TEF
  • Are an employee of USAID or other U.S. Government (USG) agencies or an immediate family member of USAID or USG employees, including Personal Services Contracts (PSC) and interagency agreements with USAID

Application Process

  • Fill out Lincoln Scholarship application online at
  • Upload all the required documents listed below
  • Prepare to take online English diagnostic test after the application deadline
  • Prepare to go through in-person interview process if chosen

*** If you are currently employed, it is not a requirement of Lincoln Scholarship that you resign from your position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer, and it is your responsibility to ensure that they will release you if you are selected for the Lincoln Scholarship. The Institute of International Education (IIE) or USAID cannot intervene in this.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply for the Lincoln Scholarship online and complete their application as early as possible.  The online application can be accessed on IIE webpage at .

In circumstances where an applicant faces significant difficulty applying online, hard copy applications may be accepted. 

​Please email with the subject: Lincoln Scholarship Application to receive fillable pdf application form.  The hard copy application must arrive at the following address no later than June 5, 2020 at 4 p.m.

                                          Lincoln Scholarship Program
                                        Thabyay Education Foundation
                                           No. 9 Kan Road, Quarter 10
                                            Hlaing Township, Yangon
Please do not submit more than one application.

For more information, please check Official Website