Application and Selection Process
The VEFSTA Fellowship application and selection process is open, competitive, and transparent. Final decision of all Fellowship candidates is made by prominent U.S. professors, who will interview the candidates to assess their academic preparation, merits in science and technology, English language proficiency, leadership skills, potential to contribute to the development of science and technology in Vietnam as well as the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. The selection process is described in more detail below.
1. Qualification Screening
VEFSTA screens completed applications to assure that the eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications are met, specifically confirming quantitative measures (GRE, English proficiency, and GPAs) as set forth in the VEFSTA Fellowship Program Announcement. Qualified applicants will be recommended for the First-Round Interview.
2. First-Round Interview
VEFSTA invites Vietnamese professors and professionals, including VEFSTA members to conduct a face-to-face interview in English. The most qualified candidates will receive letters of recommendation from the interviewers, and proceed to the Final Interview with U.S. professors.
3. Final Interview
VEFSTA organizes the Final Interview with prominent U.S. professors, mostly conducted online. The best candidates who are deemed to be able to successfully apply for graduate programs at U.S. universities will receive the letters of recommendation from the interviewing U.S. professors.
4. Applying to U.S. graduate schools
VEFSTA helps the successful candidates to apply to U.S. universities through a university application orientation, together with regular advising sessions. The candidates will also get the continuous support and mentoring from the network of VEFSTA members who are studying or having studied at leading U.S. universities.