Yangon School of Political Science

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution


About the Yangon School of Political Science:

The Yangon School of Political Science was founded in August 2011 by a group of young, progressive Burmese intellectuals. It is envisaged as a politically independent not-for-profit civil society initiative. The Yangon School of Political Science has a twofold objective: 1) providing and facilitating the education of a younger, new generation of Burmese so that they will think and act democratically as citizens and scholars; and 2) making its educational initiative and political outreach accessible to as many communities as possible across different regions of the country.



The Yangon School of Political Science has a master’s program in comparative politics that addresses the foundations of comparative politics, democracy and democratization, democratization in Southeast Asia, ethnic conflicts and federalism. The fellow will support the program with activities such as leading discussion sections for the students, providing assistance on essays and supporting masters students when they are preparing for exams on federalism, democracy and democratization. YSPS is also in the process of moving towards a more research-based agenda, with the goal of providing policy research.  The fellow will support the department with research methodology trainings. 


Eligibility and Skills Required:

  • Background and instruction in political science or related field
  • Demonstrated research experience in political science or related field
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Language Requirement:
  • None. Familiarity with Burmese a plus.


Yangon, Burma

Visa Requirements:

3-month business visa. Please note that YSPS cannot sponsor the visa as it is not a registered NGO. More details to follow once candidate is selected.

Special Note:

YSPS has about 15 full-time employees. It's a very friendly, laid-back work environment. The fellow should be comfortable taking initiative on projects and working independently. The fellow will be mainly working with YSPS co-directors Myat Thu and Myat Ko. Ko is an alumnus of the 11th cohort of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program hosted by CDDRL.
There are several housing options available in the area (hotels and private apartments for rent). YSPS staff will assist potential fellow in looking for housing opportunities, booking process, etc.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Gina Gonzales directly.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.


Apply here: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/yangon-school-political-science