Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP)

About the program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This program supports Vietnamese institutions by funding short-term visits from U.S. Specialists from two (2) to six (6) weeks to the Vietnamese host institutions upon their requests. Prospective host institutions who would like to invite a Fulbright Specialist are required to submit an online request at least 3 months prior to the proposed project start date. We will accept requests at any time during the year. Up to ten projects are granted on an annual basis.

Duration of grants

The Program will award grants ranging from two to six weeks and will make use of serial grants. The length of projects, including travel days of the specialists and weekends is determined by the Vietnamese host institutions.

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities

The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

Note: Research is not funded via the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Eligible disciplines

American (U.S.) Studies
ArchaeologyBiology Education
Communications and JournalismBusiness Administration
Chemistry Education
Computer Science & Information Technology
EconomicsEngineering Education
EducationLibrary Science

Environmental Science

Math Education

Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies

Physics Education
Political Science

Public Administration

Public/Global Health

Social Work
Urban Planning


For detailed eligible disciplines and specializations, please find the information here.

Program Funding and Cost Share

The Fulbright Program covers roundtrip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists. In general, host institutions should be prepared to take care of the visa to Vietnam and provide accommodation, meals and in-country transportation including airport pick-up and send-off, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.

Application Process for Prospective Host Institutions

Prospective host institutions are required to submit a project proposal online via https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost/

Application instructions for prospective host institutions can be found here

Once the host institutions have submitted the online request, please send a submission notification email and submit a tentative schedule to the Fulbright Program in Vietnam. Sample of the tentative project schedule can be found here

After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that the Fulbright Program in Vietnam typically receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved. If your project proposal is approved by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam, it must then be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Point of contact:

For any further information on the program and how to submit a request, please contact:

Ms. Diu Vu
Fulbright Program in Vietnam
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Rose Garden Tower
170 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Tel: +84-4-3850-5000
Fax: +84-4-3850-5120
Email: vnfulbright@state.gov