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3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

Vietnam is a developing country and its academic institutions are not as advanced as those that might be found in other countries. The applicant is responsible for establishing in advance if the necessary resources are available at the host institution. Applicants are expected to be flexible in conducting the research and working in Vietnam. 

“Education Strategic Development Plan 2011-2020 of Vietnam” – by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam

  • Reforming educational management
  •  Development of teaching staff and educational managers  
  • Reforming teaching content and methodology, examinations and assessments of educational quality
  •  Strengthen the investment in education and renovation of the educational finance mechanism
  • Strengthen the linkages and coordination between training, scientific research, technology transfer and social demand
  • Strengthen learning conditions for everyone --with priorities given to ethnic minorities, children from socio-economically disadvantaged families, and people with disabilities
  • Development of educational science
  • Broaden and improve the efficiency of international education cooperation


Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees must begin their grants in September 2019 or January 2020 in order to attend a mandatory in-country orientation. The exact start date is subject to agreement with the host institution and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2019 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Proficiency in Vietnamese is not required at the time of application but applicants are strongly encouraged to study Vietnamese prior to arrival. Applicants without Vietnamese language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects and should plan to study Vietnamese concurrent with their research after arriving.  For applicants without Vietnamese language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Candidates will affiliate with Vietnamese academic institutions. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Grantees are encouraged to give back to their host institutions by assisting with English language training for faculty members and/or conducting professional seminars. Final affiliation arrangements will be made in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.


Candidates currently residing in Vietnam (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 academic year) will not be considered.

Special Application Instructions

Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Ms. Do Thu Huong