Fellowship Program


The goal of the program is to promote international exchange and cooperation between the United States and Vietnam, though educational exchange. VEF provides funding for fellowships to Vietnamese nationals to pursue Master's and doctoral degrees in the STEMM fields at U.S. universities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Vietnam Education Foundation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000, Title 2, Public Law 106-554
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants are solely intended for Vietnamese students who enroll in Master's and doctoral degree programs in STEMM fields at an accredited U.S. university.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Grants are solely intended for Vietnamese Masters and doctoral students for use in their STEMM- based study at a U.S. university.
Applicants must be Vietnamese nationals, who are capable of being admitted to a Master's or doctoral program at a U.S. university for a program in the STEMM fields. Furthermore, applicants must complete an on-line application in the VEF Online Management System, which will be reviewed by agency staff and by professors selected to assist with interviews to be held in Vietnam.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 7 out of 10 in the Vietnamese grading system and must provide transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. Furthermore, all applicants must take the GRE and receive at least 500 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) (either the International or Institutional exam is acceptable), which is equivalent to 173 on the Computer-Based Test (CBT) and 61 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT). IELTS score may also substitute for the TOEFL.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are available on the VEF website at: www.vef.gov
Award Procedure
Applications are screened to ensure that they meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then undergo a technical review and finalists are interviewed in person in Vietnam by selected U.S. professors to assess their ability to succeed in graduate study at a U.S. university.
December 10, 2013 to April 10, 2014 Online application submission deadline
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
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How are proposals selected?
1. Superior academic achievement, demonstrated through GPA, awards, theses, and publications 2. GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS Scores that are promising for graduate admission (after the review, applicants will still have time to meet the minimum scores required for admission to their chosen universities) 3. Excellence of the Academic Statement 4. Excellence of the Personal Statement 5. Demonstrated communication skills in English sufficient to allow the applicant to succeed at a U.S. graduate institution 6. Demonstrated leadership and potential to contribute to science and technology in Vietnam and potential to contribute to better relations between Vietnam and the United States
How may assistance be used?
A grant of $27,000 is provided to the U.S. educational institution during each of the first two years of study toward a Master's or doctoral degree. The U.S. graduate institution is responsible for providing any additional funds needed to cover all required tuition, fees, books, insurance, and a monthly living stipend to the student. Fellows also receives a $1,000 Professional Development Grant that may be used for their professional development, and may cover attendance at professional conferences, books, editing of papers for publishing, and other expenses that directly relate to the program of study.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance for the 2015 cohort of VEF Fellows will be paid to universities at the beginning of the first two years of the Fellow's program. Professional Development Grants will be provided for the duration of the Fellow's program. The monies provided are available until expended, but any unused funds must be returned to VEF upon the completion of the Fellow's course of study. A grant of $27,000 is issued at the beginning of the first year and the beginning of the second year of study. A $1,000 Professional Development Grant is issued at the beginning of each year for as long as the Fellow is enrolled in the VEF program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Margaret Petrochenkov
2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201 US
Phone: 703-351-5053
Fax: 703-351-1423
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 13 est $28,000.00; FY 14 est $28,000.00; FY 12$28,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY14, approximately 40 grants of up to $28,000 may be awarded.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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