Vietnamese Student Program AY 2022-2023

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is pleased to announce the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Scholarship Program for academic year 2022-2023. Established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program aims to achieve mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange. The Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program which recruits and nominates young Vietnamese professionals for master’s degree programs at U.S. universities. Approximately 20 fully-funded scholarships are granted on an annual basis. Since 1992, more than 600 Vietnamese students have been selected to participate in the Program.

WHAT does the Scholarship provide? Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship which covers fees related to tuition, round-trip airfare to the United States, a monthly stipend, and health insurance to pursue a master’s degree program that begins in the academic year 2022-2023. Successful candidates will also receive support from the Fulbright Program during the application process to American universities.

WHO can apply? Competition is open to people who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a Vietnamese citizen (no dual citizenship)
  2. Have at least one undergraduate degree
  3. Have at least two years of work experience after graduation by the time of application
  4. Have a valid minimum TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 or PTE-Academic 58

Ineligibility factors
The following persons are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program:

  1. Candidates who already received one Fulbright Student Program grant
  2. Candidates who are currently living or studying in the United States
  3. Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. college or university within the last three years
  4. Local employees of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam who work for the U.S. Department of State and their immediate dependents are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment
  5. Candidates who have received any scholarship for graduate study abroad within the past five years, or are scheduled to receive any scholarship for graduate study abroad.

WHICH fields of study are supported?
The Program supports study in most fields of social sciences and humanities, including:

American Literature Education
Project/Program Management
American Studies
Environmental Studies
Psychology
Agricultural Economics
Management of IT/Information system Public Administration
Anthropology
Journalism
Public Policy
Architecture Language/Literature (non-U.S.)
Public Health
Art/Film Studies Law
Social Work
Business (all fields)
Library Science
Sociology
Communications Linguistics/Language Teaching
Urban/Community Planning
Development Studies Philosophy
Women/Gender Studies
Economics
Political Science

(A brief introduction of each field of study is available here (PDF-140KB). Please contact the Fulbright office if your desired field of study is not on the list)

HOW to apply?
Please follow these steps to apply for the Program:
Step 1: Download the Application Guidelines (PDF-736KB) and read them carefully before starting your application

Step 2: Complete the online application form at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022
All components of the online application must be submitted by the deadline, including:

  1. Two essays (study objectives and personal statement)
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Transcript and degree (for each higher educational institution you list in your application)
  4. TOEFL iBT and/or IELTS score reports
  5. Curriculum vitae

Deadline for application submission: 5:00PM (Vietnam time), April 15, 2021.

(Important note: The application deadline has been extended till May 15, 2021.)

SELECTION CRITERIA
Competition is based on academic and professional merits, without regards to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States. A successful applicant is someone who can:

  • Demonstrate a clear and detailed description of the study objectives, and show a clear connection between their study objectives and future goals through a compelling set of essays.
  • Have a depth and breadth of work experience in their intended field of study, and a full understanding of the field.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential based on participation in academic, extra-curricular, community and professional development activities, and personal attributes.
  • Show dedication to Vietnam and potential to make a positive impact upon return
  • Contribute to promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Vietnam through educational and cultural exchange activities.
  • Be willing to be a cultural ambassador of Vietnam.
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence and strong English proficiency

TIMELINE
December, 2020 | Grant announced and application materials available
April 15, 2021 | Deadline for submission of application
June – July 2021 | Application review and semi-final selection
August 2021 | Interviews & final selection
September – October 2021 | Finalists (re)take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL iBT/IELTS
November – March 2022 | Submission of applications to U.S. universities
April – May 2022 | University placements confirmed
May 2022 | Pre-departure orientation
June – July 2022 | Medical check-up and visa application
July – August 2022 | Departure

INFORMATION SESSIONS:
To be updated

CONTACT
For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF-153KB) or contact Ms. Nguyen Hanh, the Program Assistant at (024) 3850-5089 or email: nguyenHT4@state.gov.