Visiting Scholar Grants

 

The goal of the program is to promote international exchange and cooperation between the United States and Vietnam, through educational exchanges. VEF Visiting Scholar grants cover the living expenses and professional development related expenses of postdoctoral students pursuing projects/courses of study in the STEMM fields at U.S. universities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
85.803
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Vietnam Education Foundation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Fellowships)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000, Public Law 106-554.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U.S. university.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Grants cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U.S. university. Scholars must be Vietnamese citizens and must have completed a doctoral degree.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants must submit an application and supporting documentation which illustrates their capability to succeed in a postdoctoral project/course of study at a U.S. university. They must provide a letter of support from their host university in the United States, as well as from their home university in Vietnam. A transcript and/or diploma from their doctoral institution is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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.
Deadlines
Jan 21, 2014 to Apr 10, 2014: Online application submission deadline.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
1.Evidence of superior academic achievement as a scholar in Vietnam.
2.Quality, value, and “fit” of the professional development plan.
3.Demonstrated commitment to contribute to the educational and scientific development of Vietnam.
4.Supportiveness of the U.S. host institution and the applicant’s home institution in Vietnam.
How may assistance be used?
Visiting Scholar grants are issued to outstanding Vietnamese scholars to pursue research or another career development project in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) fields at a U.S. university. The assistance is intended to cover the living expenses and professional development related expenses (allowable expenses are described in detail in the VEF Professional Development Grant policy) of the Visiting Scholar. Grants are specifically intended to cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U.S. university.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. The Visiting Scholar is expected to maintain documentation and report purchases made using the $300 per month Professional Development Grant funds. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The assistance is available for 5-12 months to cover living expenses and the costs of the project. The money awarded must be spent within the time period specified in the grant letter, and unused funds must be returned to VEF at the conclusion of the grant period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Margaret Petrochenkov 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, Virginia 22201 Email: margaretpetrochenkov@vef.gov Phone: 703-351-5053 Fax: 703-351-1423
Website Address
http://www.vef.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
51-9009-5-5-365 - Budget Account Code.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 12 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is limited to $2,300 per month as a stipend and up to $300 per month for professional development for no less than 5 months and for no more than 12 months. Funds may be spent as specified in the VEF Professional Development Grant policy. Funding may be provided for a project/course of study from 5 to 12 months. In FY 2015, up to 3 Visiting Scholar grants may be funded.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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