Anand Student Scholarship

In November 1993, Khun Anand Panyarachun was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by UVic. Dr. Anand was Thailand’s first Ambassador to Canada (1969-72) and twice Prime Minister of Thailand, who is widely credited with restoring stability to Thai society and the country’s economy following the February 1991 military coup and the bloody May 1992 demonstrations in Bangkok. As part of his visit to UVic, Dr. Anand headlined a CAPI symposium focusing on democratic directions in Thailand (Dr. Anand is pictured above with long-time CAPI friend Jittiya Dearden and Thai students studying at UVic; photo courtesy past CAPI Director Bill Neilson).
In February 1996, Dr. Anand became UVic’s Honorary Patron in Thailand, a title reserved for “persons of great distinction who are held in high esteem in their country, and who have a particular friendship with and support of the University of Victoria.” The ceremony was overseen by UVic President David Strong at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador in Bangkok.
Since 1996, the Anand-UVic fund has been awarded through CAPI for deserving Thai graduate students studying at UVic and UVic faculty who conduct research in Thailand. All donations to the Fund have been made by Thai business leaders and companies in honour of Khun Anand.

Eligibility: Registered Thai UVic graduate student in good standing. Students must be returning to Thailand upon completion of their studies at UVic.

Deadline: rolling submission process

Contact: CAPI at 250-721-7020 or  for more information

Fund guidelines

One award of approximately CDN$1,500 will be granted per year to help cover tuition expenses.

This is a single time fund - successful applicants are not usually eligible for successive grants or awards from the Fund.

Financial reports - A progress report must be submitted by the end of the academic year in question. All reports are to be submitted to the Office of the Director, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, Sedgewick Building, Room C128. These reports will be forwarded to the Fund's co-directors, H.E. Anand Panyarachun and the president of the University of Victoria.

To apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A completed Application Form
  • Current resumé or CV
  • An up-to-date unofficial transcript
  • Letter of support from your faculty supervisor or Department Chair


Past winners

Recipient Program of Study Year

Chanathip (Esther) Suwannanon

PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies
Israporn (Grace) Sethanant
PhD in Earth and Ocean Sciences
Songkrant "Kan" Pongboonjun 2021
Thiptawan Uchai

MA in Applied Theatre

Ruji Auethavornpipat

MA in Pacific and Asian Studies

Petch Manopawitr

PhD in Geography

Arunwadi Leewananthawet

MFA in Theatre

Araya Chaowalit

M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Montra Tayakepisuth

MBA in Business

Roongrojana Songprakorp

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Ubolthip Sethakaset

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nijjaporn Potikanon

MBA in Business

Marut Diparos

PhD in Geography

Poramate Tarasak

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Siraorn Wissawapaisal

PhD in Education

Choomjet Karnjanakesorn

PhD in Geography

Anak Patanavibool

PhD in Geography