The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is pleased to announce the 2014 VEF Fellowship Program. 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 the potential for contribution to scientific education and research in Vietnam.
VEF seeks highly qualified applicants interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or Master’s degree at leading universities in the United States in the major disciplines of sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), mathematics, medicine (such as public health, epidemiology, and immunology), engineering, and technology (including information technology). Fields include the basic sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as agricultural science and computer science. Priority will be given to applicants, whose field of study focuses on climate change (environmental sciences) or on nuclear energy, provided that all other qualifications are equal.
In order to apply, an applicant must meet the all of the following minimum requirements:
A. VIETNAMESE by citizenship and not a permanent resident of Vietnam or a permanent resident or citizen of any other country.
B. College graduate with at least a Bachelor’s degree in fields acceptable to VEF (See Item #1 above, Qualified Fields of Study) or college juniors (3rd or 4th year) or seniors (final year students), who will graduate with such a degree by July 2014.
C. GPA. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) from a college/university with at least 7.0/10.0. Applicants ONLY with an undergraduate degree must have at least a GPA of 7.0/10.0. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA from 6.5/10.0 to 7.0/10.0 are eligible to apply ONLY if they have a Master’s degree with a GPA of at least 7.0/10.0 in the same field as the intended field of study. Grades on other scales must be converted into a 10-point scale according to VEF guidelines. A grade conversion scale is available at the VEF website: (http://www.vef.gov/download/conversion_table.htm)
D. English Language Proficiency. The applicant must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language. Any one of the following means is acceptable to demonstrate proficiency.
1. TOEFL. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score no older than one year from the date of the closing of the online application, specifically nothing earlier than April 10, 2012, of at least 500 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) (either the International or Institutional exam is acceptable), which is equivalent to 173 on the Computer-Based Test (CBT) and 61 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT).
Applicants are encouraged to take the International TOEFL instead of the Institutional TOEFL in order to have a valid score in hand when applying to U.S. universities, which do not accept an Institutional TOEFL score. Also, please be aware that most U.S. university graduate schools require an International TOEFL score of 550 or higher. Hence, candidates are encouraged to retake the TOEFL exam even after passing the VEF interview in order to increase their chances of getting admitted, particularly to competitive universities.
The official ETS website (www.ets.org/toefl) provides information about the TOEFL test including format, scores, registration, practice materials, and locations of testing centers in Vietnam and test dates. Please contact IIG Vietnam at (84-4) 3773 2411 or visit their website: www.toefl.com.vn for more information about the test.
2. IELTS. An acceptable alternative to the TOEFL exam is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A minimum score of 6.5 on an IELTS exam no older than one year from the date of the closing of the online application, specifically nothing earlier than April 10, 2012, is necessary to apply for a VEF Fellowship. For more information, please visit the IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/.
3. Degree from an English-speaking country. An acceptable alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS test is a degree from an English-speaking country. The applicant would need to demonstrate that s/he is studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in, or has a recent university Bachelor’s or master’s degree (not more than two years old at the time of applying for the VEF Fellowship) from, a university that conducts all courses in English in any of the following English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales), or the United States. The evidence of degree completion from such a university is sufficient evidence of English language proficiency for VEF. Please be aware that U.S. universities may still require an official International TOEFL or IELTS score to apply to graduate schools.
E. GRE (Graduate Record Examination). All applicants must provide VEF with the results of the GRE General Test, since most graduate programs in science require submission of scores as part of the application process. The minimum scores vary from university to university, so VEF will not establish minimum scores for the GRE General Test. Scores can be no more than five years old because the GRE is only valid for 5 years. Specifically, the GRE test scores that you submit can be no older than August 1, 2009, since successful Fellowship candidates apply to U.S. universities during the fall 2013 and spring 2014. VEF only accepts the official GRE score report.
More information about the program can be found on the VEF website, http://home.vef.gov/details.php?mid=6&cid=292.
Applications will be available ONLY online from 10am December 10, 2012 to 10:00am April 10, 2013 (Vietnam time zone).