Emerging Leaders In Governance Program

Call For Applications, Academic Year 2020-2021

As part of its capacity building initiative, ISP has launched an Emerging Leaders in Governance (ELG) program, which aims to promote learning and critical thinking. The ELG draws on its network of scholars and researchers to provide a well-structured program on governance studies, offering a graduate diploma.

The program provides participants with a theoretical understanding of federal and democratic governance issues through an empirical-based approach drawing on issues in Myanmar. The training is designed to provide participants with tools useful for addressing the ongoing daily challenges presented by decade-long civil war, democratic deficits and poor governance.

The one-year program is based in Yangon and runs from June 2020 to May 2021 with two semesters. The classes are usually scheduled either for the morning (7 am – 9 am) or the evening (5:30 pm – 7:30pm) during weekdays.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Application is open to all Myanmar nationals
  • Women and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (e.g. advanced diploma or a certificate program)
  • Working knowledge of English is required
  • Applicants must be 35 years or younger

Application and Selection

The submission deadline for all materials is May 31, 2020. Applications for Academic Year 2020-2021 are now closed!

The application process has two rounds. Notifications for the first round of selections will be made in June. The second stage involves interviews held in late June (either by video conference or in person). ELG will select 25 applicants. Applicants will receive notification about acceptance in the second week of July.

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents through online application:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of degree or certificate
  • A statement of purpose
  • A statement of research interest

In the statement of purpose, the applicant should discuss his or her background, interests and goals. The statement of research should discuss the applicant’s research interest in a topic related to governance issues in Myanmar. The statements are to be written in English.  The length of each statement is maximum 600 words.


The program is free of charge and offers the following benefits:

  • Accommodation for participants not based in Yangon
  • Meal allowance for participants not based in Yangon during the semesters
  • Transportation allowance for all participants during the course
  • Stipend for research activities
  • A mentorship initiative in which a mentor meets with participants to provide guidance about their studies


There will be seven modules in the program.

First semester (June 2020 to October 2020)

  • Governance in Democratic and Federal Systems
  • Research Design and Research Methodology in Social Sciences
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Policy Dialogue Seminar Series (Part 1)

Second semester (December 2020 to April 2021)

  • Constitution Building and the Legislative Process in Myanmar
  • Understanding Public Policy Making and Policy Analysis
  • Student Capstone Project and
  • Policy Dialogue Seminar Series (Part 2)

Duties and Responsibilities

Expectations for participants are as follows:

  • Regular class attendance and active participation
  • Submit assignments and attend scheduled assessments on the required dates
  • Conduct research for a capstone project and submit a research report
  • Attend and participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, and other events
  • Follow policy research and administrative guidelines established by ISP


Please contact ISP via phone at 09 960 839 801 or email at elg@ispmyanmar.com for inquiries about the ELG.