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, hold a bachelor’s degree, 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.
Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 5 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. 



U.S. Professor

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

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.


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3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

In Vietnam, education plays an important role, and promotion of learning and respect for teachers are one of traditional values of the Vietnamese people.  In the recent years, the education system has continued to expand, 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 forms of public and private schools. According to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), in AY 2016 – 2017, there are 235 universities and colleges, of which 170 are public and 65 are private. (Source)

The administration in Vietnam is centralized. MOET has had responsibility for all education and training at the national level.  However, there are several higher education institutions in Vietnam that are under other national ministries, government agencies or provincial people’s committees. Examples of this are 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 undergoes ongoing reforms to textbooks, curriculum and teaching methods, and education institutions are not always up to international standards, especially in the case of higher education. Out-of-date teaching methods are a key issue: lacking discussions and interaction, teachers focus more on discipline, while students are passively attentive and studious.

To facilitate educational system reform, the government has established policies to allow educational institutions set up direct relations 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 different opportunities to get involved in the host institutions’ activities. 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. Although Fulbright U.S. students mainly focus on the research work, they find time teaching English for special purposes for faculty members and/or students at the host institutions, presenting seminars on soft skills, joining speaker programs at the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, and engaging in many other academic and cultural events.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees must begin their grants in September 2020 or January 2021 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 the summer of 2020 as a condition of their grants. Details to be announced and confirmed by IIE. 

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 2019-2020 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 Contact

Ms. Do Thu Huong