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We don't know what will happen in Burma tomorrow, but it is important that we are ready for change and transition when it takes place.

Therefore I want to be part of the struggle to build a more peaceful and just society, and use the skills I have gained to benefit the country as a whole.
The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship at SOAS

Prospect Burma is delighted to announce the 2016-17 Hla-Pe Scholarship at SOAS.


The scholarship commemorates the legacy of Professor Hla Pe (1913-2007), Emeritus Professor of Burmese in the University of London, who came to London as a State Scholar in 1938. On completion of his Diploma in Teaching, Prof. Hla Pe joined SOAS where he taught a succession of devoted students, and published many articles and books on Burmese language, literature and culture. Prof. Hla Pe retired from SOAS in 1980 and returned to Burma with his wife, Daw Than Mya, to live in Mawlamyine. It was the wish of Prof. Hla Pe to establish a lasting educational legacy between Burma and SOAS.

This scholarship embodies the values of both Prof. Hla Pe and Prospect Burma, which seeks to invest in a positive future for Burma through its young people. Prospect Burma’s scholarship programme opens doors to educational opportunities currently unavailable and underfunded within Burma. Scholars are expected to return home to apply their skills and participate in the development and nation building of Burma.

The successful applicant will receive funding of £16,000 to offset the tuition fees on a Masters degree at SOAS. In addition, scholars will receive free student accommodation at ISH in an extremely welcoming environment for overseas students, situated near the heart of London and within walking distance of the main SOAS campus in Russell Square. One Professor Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship will be available for the 2016/17 academic year.

If you would like to apply, please find more information at the SOAS website here



Forthcoming Prospect Burma Gala Dinner at Allen & Overy

SOLD OUT: Prospect Burma Gala Dinner on November 3rd with Chris Gunness, former BBC correspondent 


Please join us for a very special evening. We are grateful to Allen & Overy who have donated use of the rooftop entertaining space at their London HQ for the event. The evening will begin with drinks, followed by a three-course meal with wine. Former BBC correspondent, Chris Gunness, will be our after-dinner speaker. His reporting of the 1988 uprising made a Chris a household name in Burma. He was blacklisted by the government there until 2013 when he returned to visit Burma after twenty-five years. 


At our gala dinner, we will launch an appeal to raise funds for the expansion of our highly regarded scholarship programme. Through this, Prospect Burma awards grants to young Burmese nationals from disadvantaged backgrounds. By gaining access to higher education at overseas universities, these young people are able to gain the skills, knowledge and experience Burma so desperately needs to develop and become a more peaceful, prosperous and just society. A number of Prospect Burma alumni will be present to explain in person the impact that receiving a Prospect Burma scholarship has had on their life, and what it has enabled them to achieve and contribute to the development of their country. 


Date: Tuesday 3rd November


Time: 6.30pm for drinks, followed by dinner at 7.30pm 


Location: Allen & Overy, 1 Bishops Square, London E1 6AD


Cost: £110 per ticket


Dress code: Black tie or Burmese national dress 


Contact: Niccy Lynch, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


All proceeds from the gala will go towards funding the Prospect Burma Scholarship Programme




Monks_at_Shwedagon_PagodaEducation has always been one of my chief concerns as it is, together with health care, the most important need for the future of Burma. Without an educated and qualified population efforts to build a stable, developed society would be obstructed by insurmountable difficulties.

Prospect_Burma_StudentsProspect Burma is a non-political charity which does its best to fill the gap. It funds scholarships for young Burmese, most of whom have been forced to look for their education abroad.

I am very proud to learn that Prospect Burma has grown so much since its foundation. Unfortunately an enormous amount still remains to be done to help young people in Burma acquire education of a standard that would enable them to take their country forward in this global age.

I therefore appeal to our friends and supporters all over the world to help Burma towards a sound future by giving generously to Prospect Burma. Every penny givien can make a difference to the prospects of our young people and hence of our country.
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Aung San Suu Kyi


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