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FULBRIGHT PROGRAM IN VIETNAM: Vietnamese Student Program AY 2013-2014

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam is pleased to announce the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Scholarship Program for the academic year 2013-2014. Established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright Program aims at achieving 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 to 25 fully-funded scholarships are granted on an annual basis. Since 1992, about 500 Vietnamese students have been selected to participate in the Program.

WHAT does the Scholarship provide? Successful candidates will pursue a Master’s degree program that begins in the academic year 2013-2014. The Fulbright Program will arrange placement at universities in the United States. Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship which covers tuition and fees, monthly stipend, round-trip airfare to the U.S. and health insurance.

WHO can apply? Competition is open to all applicants who meet the following minimum 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 of 79 or IELTS 6.5.

WHICH fields of study are supported? 

The Program supports study in most fields of social sciences and humanities, including:

Fields Supported
American Literature Education Project/Program Management
American Studies Environmental Studies Psychology
Agricultural Economics Management of IT/Information system Public Administration
Anthropology Journalism Public Policy
Archaeology  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 (PDF, 147KB) of each field of study is available. Please contact the Fulbright office if your desired field of study is not on the list)

HOW to apply?

You are strongly encouraged to read the Fulbright Booklet (PDF, 765KB)for guidelines before starting your application. Failure to comply with the guidelines may make your application “ineligible” for the further rounds of competition.

A complete application package must include:

  1. A  completed application form (PDF, 394KB)
  2. Three letters of reference (PDF, 365KB)
  3. Photocopies of valid TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports.
  4. Notarized photocopies of diplomas and transcripts (including notarized English translations).

*Note: The Fulbright Application and Reference forms are available in PDF interactive format. You can type and save your data into these forms using Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.  

If you wish to use the Word version of the Fulbright Application and Reference forms, please click to download.

WHEN and WHERE to submit the application?
The application and supporting documents must arrive at the Fulbright Office no later than 5:00p.m., May 2, 2012. Emailed or faxed applications will not be considered.

Applications can be hand-delivered or sent via post to the following address:
Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy
7 Lang Ha, Ha Noi

Selection Criteria

Competition will be based on academic and professional merit, without regard to affiliation, race, religion, or gender. A successful applicant is someone who can show a clear connection between their study objectives and future goals and who writes a compelling set of essays that describe their goals.  Successful applicants also must demonstrate a proficiency in written and spoken English that will allow them to participate fully in graduate school courses.

Successful applicants tend to have a depth and breadth of work experience in their intended field of study that goes beyond the 2-year minimum requirement. These applicants also demonstrate the potential for leadership in the future.

December 1, 2011  Grant announced and application materials available
May 2, 2012  Deadline for submission of application
June – July 2012  Application review and semi-finalists selection
 September 2012  Interviews & finalists selection
 October – November 2012  Finalists (re)take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL iBT
November – March 2013  Submission of application to U.S. universities
April - May 2013  University placement announced
May 2013  Pre-departure orientation
June – July 2013  Medical check-up and visa application
July – August 2013  Departure

Information Sesstions Schedule:

City/Province Date Time Address
Hanoi Saturday, April 7, 2012 9:30 – 11:30 MPR room, 1st floor, Rose Garden Tower, 170 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

The information sessions schedule in other cities/provinces will be updated soon. Please visit our website at a later time for details.


For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 124KB), or contact Ms. Nguyen Thi Hanh, the Program Assistant at (04) 3850-5089 or email: nguyenHT4@state.gov.



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