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The Charles Wallace Burma Trust

The Trust and its contact details

The Charles Wallace Burma Trust, established in 1981, is a registered United Kingdom Charity  (No. 289004). The Trust was originally administered by the British Council, and is now run independently, though the British Council provides support of various kinds in the United Kingdom and in Burma/Myanmar. The Trust is managed day-to-day by a Secretary who reports to a Board of Trustees:

Mrs Diana Millington
Ms Kyi Kyi May
Ms Lynette Spencer
Mrs Tin Tin Sann
Mr Tim Butchard (Secretary)

Contact details:

Tim Butchard
Charles Wallace Burma Trust
4, Dorville Crescent
London W6 0HJ
+44 (0)20 8741 0836


Activities of the Charles Wallace Burma Trust

The activities of the Charles Wallace Burma Trust are divided into two parts: short-term fellowships and other visits to the UK for professional development purposes; and academic grants offered to postgraduate students from Burma/Myanmar studying in the United Kingdom.


Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Artists

Visiting Fellowships and other Short-term Visits to the UK

The Charles Wallace Burma Trust works in partnership with selected institutions in the UK and in Burma/Myanmar to provide professional development opportunities for mid-career academics and other professionals from Burma/Myanmar in a variety of fields, including the humanities and social sciences, the health sciences, and the arts and creative industries.  Between five and ten visits lasting between three weeks and three months are sponsored each year, the objective being to enhance the professional skills of the beneficiaries, utilising British expertise. Examples of recent fellowships are as follows:

  • Archaeologists undergoing programmes organised by the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
  • Museum curators undertaking the British Museum’s International Training Programme in museum studies
  • A composer undergoing training at Bristol University’s Department of Music
  • A specialist from the Yangon Heritage Trust undergoing familiarisation in conservation and urban planning in the UK
  • A health centre manager undergoing work experience in the National Health Service, specifically in the management of HIV patients
  • A media professional sampling film production training and arts administration at Goldsmiths College.

Successful applicants for these awards receive financial assistance with their fares and UK visas, and a monthly subsistence in the UK of £1,450.  For further information about current opportunities please contact the Secretary of the Trust (



Academic Grants

What they are, and how to apply

Modest grants of £1,000 or less are offered to postgraduate students from Burma in the midst of their studies in the UK.  They cannot be applied for in advance of the studies commencing in the UK. The criteria for awarding these grants are a combination of academic excellence and financial need. Applicants must complete the application form available on this site and submit it to the Trust’s Secretary(, together with a supporting letter, also on-line and on headed paper, from one of their academic supervisors employed by the British university.  The supporting letter should comment briefly on three aspects of the candidate’s application: academic progress and commitment; personality (why the candidate is worth supporting); and financial circumstances (why the candidate needs supporting). Other supporting documentation must be kept to a minimum and CVs should not exceed two pages. 


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