After the election in 2010, Myanmar is opening rapidly to the global market economy and ready to pursue economic growth under the name of “development”. With the country’s plentiful resources and the input of foreign investment, it needs to maintain a balance between economic liberalization and social and human development. Therefore, research capacity in the area of “development” is essential if the country wishes to progress in a sustainable, socially beneficial way.
In light of this, the research fellowships under the “Understanding Myanmar’s Development” program are offered to Myanmar researchers. The program, which is administered by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, has three main goals: to enhance knowledge of development processes in Myanmar; to strengthen the capacity of researchers from Myanmar, encouraging them to become actively involved in the study of development policy and practice; and to promote academic exchange and dialogue among researchers from Myanmar, Thailand and other countries in the region and beyond.
The program is open to Myanmar researchers working in both academic and non-academic sectors, including independent researchers from the media, NGOs and the private sector. For this round application, year 2015-2016, emphasis will be given to lecturers and researchers from higher education institutes/universities inside Myanmar. Up to 10 twelve-month fellowships will be awarded to fund social science research in the following general areas:
- Social and economic development
- Agrarian transformation, environment and climate change
- Health and health care systems
- Media and society
- Salween River Basin
The research fellowship will cover a research grant, monthly stipend, traveling expenses for workshops at Chiang Mai University. Details of the fellowship can be obtained at http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th. Those who are interested in applying for the fellowship can download the application form on the website. All documents should be submitted to the RCSD by 15 November 2015.
It would be highly appreciated if this information is made available to the public or those who are interested in pursuing social science research in the area of development. Should you have queries regarding the fellowships, please feel free to contact us.
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
239 Huay Kaew Road, Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
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