The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) was established by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to create educational exchange activities for Vietnamese nationals to pursue graduate studies and professional development at U.S. universities and for Americans to teach at Vietnamese universities and, thus, build the bilateral relationship between the United States and Vietnam. VEF receives an annual budget of U.S. $5 million from the U.S. Congress until 2018. The first cohort of VEF Fellows were sent to the United States for graduate degree programs in 2003. The year of 2013 marks VEF’s 10thanniversary .
VEF Fellows of the 2013 Cohort at the “Pre-Departure Orientation” (PDO)
(Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, June 2013)
The fields of study supported by VEF are sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), engineering, mathematics, medicine (including public health and health sciences), and technology (including information technology).
The Fellowship Program which is VEF flagship program was launched in 2003 and has supported 467 Fellows in graduate programs at 92 top-tier U.S. universities.
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 potential contributions 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. Through cost-sharing agreements with U.S. universities, VEF grants full fellowships for Master’s/Ph.D. degree programs including: tuition fee, stipend, medical and health insurance, professional development grant, and other expenses. In addition, VEF supports application fees to the U.S. universities, GRE General test fee, health check-up prior to departure to the United States, settling-in allowance, economy-class roundtrip ticket, support for visa application of Fellows and their dependents.
Requirements of the VEF Fellowship Program:
- Vietnamese by citizenship
- College graduate or college juniors or seniors in a field of sciences, engineering, technology, or medicine with overall grade point average (GPA) at least 7.0/10.0. (no working experience required)
- 500 TOEFL PBT (61 iBT) or 6.0 IELTS, or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an English-speaking country
- GRE General score (no minimum score required)
VEF only accepts online applications, which include: undergraduate degree and transcript, certificate or evidence of English language proficiency, GRE score, academic and personal statements, and 3 letters of recommendation.
Application will be available only online at VEF website at www.vef.gov from 10:00 a.m., December 10, 2013 to 10:00 a.m., April 10, 2014. For the announcement of the 2015 Fellowship Program, please visit http://home.vef.gov/details.php?mid=6&cid=362.
Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)
Address: Suite 502, Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Telephone: (04) 3936 3670