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Fulbright Program in Vietnam

Vietnamese Student Program AY 2010 – 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam is pleased to announce the 2010 Fulbright Vietnamese Student Scholarship Program. 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. The Program 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, more than 400 Vietnamese students have participated in the Program.

WHAT does the Scholarship provide? The 2010 grantees will pursue a Master’s degree program that begins in the academic year 2010-2011. The Fulbright Program will arrange placement at universities in the United States. Successful applicants will receive 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
  2. Have one undergraduate degree
  3. Have at least one year of work experience after the date of undergraduate diploma by April 1, 2009
  4. Have a valid minimum TOEFL score of 550 (institutional) equivalent to 79 (iBT) or IELTS 6.5.
  5. Cannot be a current employee or immediate employee-dependent of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam
  6. Cannot have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a U.S. college or university within the last 3 years

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

» American Literature
» American Studies
» Business (all areas)
» Communications
» Community/Urban Planning
» Economic Development
» Economics
» Education
» Environmental Studies
» Fine and Performing Arts
» International Relations
» Journalism
» Law
» Library Science
» Management of IT and Information Systems
» Public Administration
» Public Health
» Public Policy
» Social Work
» Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
» Women’s Studies/Gender and Development

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

HOW to apply?
To participate in the competition, applicants must submit:


  1. An application form which includes:
    – Two essays (Study Objectives and Personal Statement)
    – A professional CV/résumé

    Applicants can use the online application

    or download the paper application in Word format. Applications filled out by hand-writing will not be accepted. All applicants are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling out the application form. Please click to download:
    Online application instructions
    Paper application instructions
    Application checklist

    *** Applicants using the online application please note that you will need to change the application cycle to “2010-2011” when this option is available on February 1, 2009.

  2. Three letters of reference
    Note that applicants who use paper application must submit letters of reference in hard copy. Those who use the online application can submit letters of reference electronically and/or in hard copies.

    Referees can use the Fulbright reference form or their own letterheads, but it’s a must to include the rating chart attached to the form. Each letter of reference must be put in a signed and sealed envelop. Referees should not send their letters directly to the Fulbright office.

  3. Photocopies of valid TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports.
  4. Notarized photocopies of diplomas and transcripts (including notarized English translations).

*** Please do not staple your documents! Use the clips!

The application and other supporting documents must be received by the Fulbright Office no later than 5:00p.m., April 1, 2009. Emailed or faxed applications will not be considered.

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 1-year minimum requirement. These applicants also demonstrate the potential for leadership in the future.



December 2008

| Grant announced and application materials available

April 1, 2009

| Deadline for submission of application

June – July 2009

| Application review and semi-finalists announced

September 2009

| Interviews & finalist announced

October 2009

| Finalists take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL iBT

November 2009

| Submission of application to U.S. universities

April – May 2010

| University placement announced

May 2010

| Pre-departure orientation

June – July 2010

| Medical check-up and visa application

July – August 2010

| Departure

WHERE to find further information?

You are invited to attend the information sessions to learn more about the Program. Tentatively, the information sessions will be scheduded as follows:





Mar. 12 10:00-11:30am Da Lat Conference Room N0
Yersin Private University
#1, Ton That Tung, Ward 8, Dalat
Mar. 13 10:00-11:30am Nha Trang Conference Room A, 3th floor, Library
Nha Trang University
#2 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nha Trang

The schedule for other locations will be updated on this website soon.

For further details, please read the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact:

Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy
7 Lang Ha, Ha Noi
Tel: (04)-3850-5100 (ext. 5089)