In order to apply, applicants must meet the following minimum general requirements:

  1. VIETNAMESE by citizenship

  2. College graduate with at least a Bachelor's degree or pursuing a Bachelor's degree in science and technology and will have graduated by August 1, 2019.

  3. GPA. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) from a college or university of at least 7.0/10.0. Grades on other scales must be converted into a 10-point scale. A grade conversion scale is available here

  4. English Language Proficiency. The applicant must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT) or a score of 6.5 on an International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an English-speaking country is accepted as an equivalent.

  5. GRE (Graduate Record Examination). All applicants must have scores of the GRE General Test (https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/) not older than 5 years.



The VEF 2.0 Program application and selection process is open, competitive, and transparent. Final decision 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

Completed applications are screened 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 VEF 2.0 Program Announcement. Qualified applicants will be recommended for the First-Round Interview.

2. First-Round Interview  

The VEF 2.0 Program invites Vietnamese professors and professionals, including VEF Alumni, 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

The final interviews with prominent U.S. professors are mostly conducted online. The best candidates who are deemed 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

The VEF 2.0 Program helps the successful candidates to apply to U.S. universities through a university application orientation, together with regular advising sessions. The candidates will also receive continuous support and mentoring from the network of VEF Fellows and Scholars who studied or are studying at leading U.S. universities.