UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Burma Star Scholarship

The Burma Star Scholarship at UCL was established by the Burma Star Memorial Fund to ensure that those who participated in the Burma Campaign of 1941-1945 would never be forgotten.

The Burma Star Scholarship will create a living memorial for the 14th Army: a network of scholars from around the world, whose achievements will make the world we share a better place in the future.

Visit the Burma Star Memorial Fund website for further information about the Fund itself and the Burma Campaign.

Initially this scholarship is being offered to those with an unconditional offer to study Engineering for International Development MSc full time, in particular those whose financial circumstances may restrict their ability to take up further study. The award will be available to residents of any of the allied nations that contributed to the Burma Campaign, and will cover full tuition fees and living costs for the duration of study. We are also looking for applicants who would be willing to act as ambassadors for the scholarship programme.

Watch the Engineering for International Development MSc webinar on demand

Please see below for further details on eligibility criteria, and the application and selection processes.

Any questions, please contact: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk 

Applications for 2020 entry open on 13 January 2020.

2020 entry deadline: 1 June 2020, 11.59pm.

Please note, as well as meeting the below eligibility criteria, you MUST hold an unconditional offer to study Engineering for International Development MSc full time to be eligible to apply to this scholarship. Any applications received from persons who do not yet hold an unconditional offer to study Engineering for International Development MSc full time will not be eligible. Applicants are only able to apply once to the scholarship, and any other errors in the application (i.e. attachments not included) will similarly render the application ineligible.  

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must meet both the following criteria: 

  • Hold an unconditional offer of admission to study on the Engineering for International Development MSc (full time).
  • Be a resident of one of the following nations: Myanmar, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Belgium, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, Gambia, The Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Tanzania, West Indies, South Africa.
Application details

Please submit*:

  • two-page CV;
  • Proof of your unconditional offer to study Engineering for International Development MSc full time
  • A personal statement which highlights the following:
  • Why you are interested in the Engineering for International Development MSc programme, and your relevant experience (600 words);
  • How you intend to further the aims of this scholarship programme (200 words);
  • Your future career plans and how these align with the ethos of the scholarship (200 words);
  • A completed

to cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk by the deadline stated above. Please put 'Burma Star Scholarship application' in the subject line. 

*Please note all applicants must already hold an unconditional offer to study Engineering for International Development MSc full time. 


All applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a UCL selection panel. During the shortlisting process preference will be given to students who meet one, or more, of the below criteria:

  • Candidates in demonstrable financial need;
  • Candidates who demonstrate a knowledge of, or interest in, the Burma Campaign;
  • Candidates who demonstrate a willingness to act as an ambassador for the Burma Star Scholarship.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, either in person or by video call, with the selection panel. Interviews for the 2020 scholarship are likely to be held in June 2020, with the successful candidate notified in July 2020, but this is subject to change.