2019 Vietnamese Scholar Program

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam seeks qualified candidates for the 2019 Fulbright Vietnamese Scholar Program (VSP).  The VSP provides grants to Vietnamese scholars to lecture and/or conduct research at American institutions or universities for five months (one-semester grant) or nine months (two-semesters grant).

Established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright Program aims to achieve mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange. The Fulbright VSP is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program.  Successful applicants are provided with a stipend, living expenses, health and accident insurance for the full term of the grant, and transportation to and from the United States.  The Fulbright Program in Vietnam in coordination with the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) helps place scholars at appropriate host institutions in the United States.

The VSP actively encourages women, minorities, and residents from all provinces to apply.  It is open to all candidates who qualify through open competition on the basis of academic and professional merit without regard to race, religion, gender or affiliation.

What is the deadline for application?
The annual deadline for applications to the Vietnamese Scholar Program is October 15, 2018. A complete application package for the 2019-2020 academic year must be received at the Fulbright Program in Vietnam Office via online system by 17:00 on October 15th, 2018 (Vietnam time zone).

What does the Vietnamese Scholar Program grant provide?
Participants in the Vietnamese Scholar Program are provided with a stipend and living expenses, health and accident insurance for the full term of the grant. Typical grants range for five months (one-semester grant) or nine months (two-semesters grant). Participants are also provided with transportation to and from the United States. CIES helps place scholars at appropriate host institutions in the United States.

Who is eligible for the Vietnamese Scholar Program?

Applicants of various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, science, and technology are welcome to apply. Competition is open to all applicants who meet the following minimum criteria: be a Vietnamese citizen; hold a MA or PhD (or equivalent degree in some specific professions); and have English skills adequate to conduct research and/or lectures in the United States.

Applicants should be university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, or professionals in the private sector, think tanks and other. Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment. Applicants must be residing in Vietnam throughout the nomination and selection process, and they must return to Vietnam upon completion of their U.S. stay.

Applicants are ineligible who:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S., or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  2. Have been to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of Professor or Research Scholar within the past two years.

How are participants chosen?
The Fulbright Program sends the grant announcements to universities, colleges, and research institutes throughout Vietnam every year. A peer review panel is then convened to select candidates who are distinguished by their academic prominence, possess potential for becoming key figures in their fields, and whose research topic or methodology is creative. After the panel makes its recommendation of candidates, the Fulbright Program interviews these candidates to assess their English abilities. The Program then sends its recommendations to CIES for further evaluation. Once the candidates’ records are assessed, CIES forwards its selection of candidates to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which makes a final selection of participants.

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 232KB) or contact Ms. Đỗ Thu Hương, the Program Assistant, at email: VNFulbright@state.gov or phone: (024) 3850-5000 x 6225.