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VEF Fellowship Program for 2015(08/10/2013)

The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is pleased to announce the 2015 VEF Fellowship Program. The Fellowship application and selection process is open, competitive, and transparent. Applicants do not need to pay any fees in order to apply or be considered for a VEF Fellowship. Winners are chosen based on individual merit, including academic performance and preparation, intellectual capability, English proficiency, and the potential for contribution to scientific education and research in Vietnam.

VEF expects to award approximately 40 Fellowships to Vietnamese nationals to begin graduate studies in the United States in the fall of 2015. Please note that VEF only accepts online applications.

1. Qualified Fields of Study

VEF seeks highly qualified applicants interested in pursuing a research-based doctoral degree such as a Ph.D. or an Sc.D., or a Master’s degree at leading universities in the United States in the major disciplines of sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), mathematics, medicine (such as public health, epidemiology, and immunology), engineering, and technology (including information technology). Fields include the basic sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as agricultural science and computer science. Priority will be given to applicants, whose field of study focuses on climate change (environmental sciences) or on nuclear energy, provided that all other qualifications are equal.

Please refer to the VEF website ( for the list of fields of study supported by VEF.


2. Eligibility of VEF Employees and VEF Contracted Agency Employees

PLEASE NOTE the following VEF policy regarding eligibility of VEF employees and VEF contracted agency employees in Vietnam and in the United States.

a. Employees of VEF, including contractor employees, and their immediate families, are ineligible for VEF Fellowships, Visiting Scholar Grants, and U.S. Faculty Scholar Grants for a period ending one year following termination of such employment.

b. If a former employee or contractor employee of VEF is otherwise eligible and chooses to apply for a VEF Fellowship, Visiting Scholar Grant, or U.S. Faculty Scholar Grant after the one year period, the VEF Board of Directors must approve the submission of such an application.

c. Employees of private and public agencies (excluding educational institutions) under contract to VEF to perform administrative or screening services on behalf of the VEF Fellowship, Visiting Scholar, and/or U.S. Faculty Scholar Programs are ineligible for VEF Fellowships, Visiting Scholar Grants, and U.S. Faculty Scholar Grants for a period ending one year following the termination of their services for VEF.

NEW!!! Eligibility of applicants who have already enrolled in U.S. graduate programs and previous VEF Fellowship recipients

a. Graduate students who are already enrolled and matriculated at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply.

b. Previous VEF Fellowship recipients may not re-apply for a VEF Fellowship.


3. Application and Selection Process of VEF Fellows

VEF Fellowship applicants who have not yet been admitted to a U.S. university graduate program should apply through Process A. VEF may also offer a secondary application process, Process B, which is for applicants, who have already received admission to a U.S. university graduate program. Both Processes A and B are described below.

Please note that the primary method for selecting Fellowship nominees is Process A. Process B will proceed ONLY if award slots are still available. If additional VEF 2015 Fellowships are available in January 2015, then VEF will open the online application form for Process B.

Applicants interested in applying through Process B should be prepared to apply at that time. By mid-January 2015, a notification will be posted at the VEF website regarding the potential availability of 2015 VEF Fellowships through Process B. 


4. Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

VEF will organize a 5-day PDO tentatively on June 4-10, 2015, before the Fellows depart for the United States. For the PDO, arrival is on June 4 and departure is on June 10. The purpose of the PDO is to inform Fellows about important issues regarding their Fellowship, including academic matters, cultural differences, financial arrangements, and legal issues related to their immigration status. Included in the PDO is an outdoor Team Building event, which may involve one day of camping. During the PDO, official Fellowship documents and immigration documents will be given to the Fellows. It is mandatory that all VEF Fellows participate in the PDO. VEF Fellows will need to plan ahead to assure that they are able to attend the PDO since attending this event is a requirement for all VEF Fellowship awardees.

Please click here (PDF - 463 KB) for the full announcement in English.

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