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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

FPA

U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Vietnam

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In Vietnam, education plays an important role in society, and promotion of learning and respect for teachers are some of the most important traditional values of the Vietnamese people. In recent years, the education system has continued to expand and improve, but enormous educational needs persist for young Vietnamese. The national education system consists of formal education and continuing education. Schools in the national educational system are organized in the form of public and private schools. The administration in Vietnam is centralized, with the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) generally having responsibility for all education and training at the national level. However, there are several higher education institutions in Vietnam that are under the authority of other national ministries, government agencies or provincial people’s committees, such as the Hanoi School of Public Health, which falls under the Ministry of Health, and Hanoi University of Industry, which falls under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Additionally, the two National Universities, although nominally under MOET, operate independently as separate entities and report directly to the Office of the Government of Vietnam. The Vietnamese education system is undergoing ongoing reforms to textbooks, curriculum and teaching methods, and education institutions are not always up to international standards, particularly institutions of higher education. Out-of-date teaching methods are a key issue: lacking discussions and interaction and focusing on rote learning, teachers emphasize discipline, while students are passively attentive and studious. Source

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To facilitate educational system reform, the government has established policies to allow educational institutions to directly establish partnerships with foreign institutions to improve teaching and learning quality in Vietnam.  Because of the dynamic state of Vietnam’s educational system, Fulbright U.S. Students will have a unique opportunity to help Vietnam build its institutions.  While this can be challenging and can require flexibility, many Fulbrighters in Vietnam find it enormously rewarding and build long-lasting relationships with Vietnamese institutions that lead to future cooperation. 

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Although Fulbright U.S. students mainly focus on the research work, they find time to teach English to faculty members and/or students at the host institutions, presenting seminars on soft skills, joining speaker programs arranged by the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, and engaging in many other academic and cultural events.

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Grantees must begin their 10 month grants in September 2022 or January 2023 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.

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Pre-Departure Orientation (Mandatory)

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All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation (PDO) in the U.S. in the summer of 2022 as a condition of their grants. The PDO is organized for Fulbright ETAs, U.S. researchers and scholars going to many different countries in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region. Details to be announced and confirmed by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

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In-country Orientation (Mandatory)

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All grantees are required to attend an in-country orientation in Hanoi in September 2022 of January 2023 as a condition of their grant.  The in-country orientation is intended to comprehensively prepare grantees for work and life in Vietnam.  Details to be announced and confirmed by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam.

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Additional Information

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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.

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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.

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Semi-Finalist candidates may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.

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Open Study/Research Award
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First launched in 2008, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program in Vietnam brings newly graduated U.S. college students to Vietnam for 10 months to support the English teaching and learning at gifted high schools, colleges and universities in Vietnam in provincial capitals and other cities outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This program supports English learning in Vietnam and provides a cultural exchange between Americans, Vietnamese students, and host institutions to foster mutual understanding and cooperation.

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Serving as a Fulbright ETA in Vietnam for 10 months will give individuals a chance to develop English teaching and other professional skills while learning about Vietnamese culture, people and language.  Rapid economic development has made English language proficiency a priority of the government of Vietnam, and interest in English language learning is abundant nationwide, at all educational levels.  The U.S. enjoys a very high approval rating (over 90%) and interest in U.S. culture, especially among young people, is abundant.  Serving as a Fulbright ETA is sure to be a fulfilling experience. 

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Pre-Departure Orientation (Mandatory)

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In-country Orientation (Mandatory)

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All grantees are required to attend a four-week in-country orientation in Hanoi in August 2022 as a condition of their grants.  The in-country orientation is intended to comprehensively prepare ETAs for work and life in Vietnam, and includes Teaching English as a Foreign Language training, Vietnamese language training, and other educational, historical, and cultural exposure.  Details to be announced and confirmed by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam.

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Applicants must be American citizens.

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Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required.

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Prior experience in Vietnam is not required.

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Applicants should be comfortable speaking in front of groups, acting as a leader to groups of students, and must be prepared for planning and teaching lessons independently.  Most ETA sites are in underserved and rural areas which tend to be more conservative, and ETAs must be prepared to adapt to local customs, living conditions and norms.  Accommodations, although clean and safe, typically only feature basic necessities, but can vary greatly from site to site.  Many placements lack conveniences such as gyms, swimming pool, movie theaters and access to Western groceries.  

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Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to working in the hierarchical Vietnamese cultural context and the bureaucratic Vietnamese educational system.  Many candidates will be the only foreigner working at the host institution or even the only foreigner living in their city , and as a result may experience loneliness and isolation. 

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As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools. They are also expected to learn and expose themselves to Vietnamese culture.

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ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

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Proficiency in Vietnamese is not required at the time of application and basic Vietnamese training will be provided to the grantees, but we strongly encourage the grantees to prepare themselves with basic Vietnamese prior to arrival.

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Housing arrangements will be made by the host institutions.  Grantees typically are provided a  private room with an attached bathroom and a simple kitchen (hotplate, refrigerator) but also should prepare for the possibility of sharing the kitchen with others.

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Grantees are placed at high schools for gifted students, community colleges, teacher training colleges, or universities.

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The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will arrange placements for all candidates and will inform the ETAs of their placements once they have been finalized.  

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Candidates currently residing in Vietnam (or those who will be living in Vietnam during the 2021-2022 academic year) will not be considered.

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Semi-finalists will be contacted for interviews via Skype. 

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Grantees will work up to 30 hours per week, including 14 hours of teaching listening and speaking skills to graded/full time students and teachers, 14 hours of lesson planning and grading, as well as participating in and/or leading cultural or English teaching and learning activities.  The final two hours are set aside for Vietnamese language learning.  Grantees should not teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP), IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC/SAT preparation courses or classes organized by for-profit English training center owned either by the host institution or by other organizations.

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Applicants should not plan an independent study or research project. English Teaching Assistantships are not study/research awards, and teaching-related activities take most of the grantees’ time. The Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to participate in the program in Vietnam and how he/she will make it a memorable cultural experience.

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Host institutions are responsible for grantees’ visa application procedures and fees in Vietnam as well as visa extensions or work permit applications if needed.  Grantees are responsible for providing all necessary documents for the visa application and paying any visa issuance fees from their grant allocation.  The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will coordinate with the grantees and the host institutions throughout the visa application process.

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Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.  Since ETAs will sometimes be the only foreigner at their site, they may experience street harassment based on their appearance.  Support is available for all grantees from the Fulbright Program in Vietnam, the host institution and ASPE ASSIST, a mental health consultant and referral service hotline.

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The primary activity of this program is assisting in teaching English as a foreign language, so it is generally not possible for ETAs to undertake independent research or work with non-governmental organizations.  However, ETAs are encouraged to seek opportunities for cultural enrichment, including community service, to enhance their overall Fulbright experience as cultural ambassadors.

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A grantee's first responsibility is to their Vietnamese host institution. Teaching or otherwise working for for-profit organizations is not permitted.

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ETAs will have approved vacation time during school breaks as defined by their host institution and Vietnamese public holidays, including an approximately week-long break during the Lunar New Year (Tet). The use of leave time outside school breaks and Vietnamese public holidays may not be possible.  Candidates should not apply for or accept this award unless they are able to commit to this academic schedule.

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The host institution is responsible for providing the ETA with a bicycle or an electric bike (at the ETA’s request). Host institutions are required to support the ETA’s transportation options, but options vary depending on the site.  ETAs who wish to drive a motorbike must take an examination in Vietnamese to obtain a Vietnamese driver’s license. 

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Grantees are placed in provincial (regional) cities, districts or towns outside of the urban areas of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. 

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English Teaching Assistant Award