The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) has announced that it will send 39 Vietnamese fellows and visiting scholars to 25 top US universities to begin studies in the upcoming academic year, 2010-2011.
Among the 39 recipients of the full scholarships funded by the US-established organization, 36 fellows will pursue a doctorate or master's degree in various fields of science, technology and engineering.
With the new cohort, VEF has placed a total of 343 Vietnamese at 76 leading universities in the US since 2003, when the VEF Fellow program began. Since then, 93 VEF fellows have graduated, 52 of them have returned to Vietnam and the rest are doing Academic Training (post-degree employment in their field) or pursuing a Ph.D under other funding.
On the sidelines of an interactive session held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuong, head of VEF representative office in Hanoi, told Thanh Nien Weekly that under the visas granted for the program, all fellows must return to Vietnam for two years after completing their studies.
In addition to this group, the fourth cohort including three scholars will attend postdoctoral programs, focusing on the fields of science and technology, at top US universities for up to 12 months.
The Vietnam Education Foundation was established by the US Congress under the Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000 to strengthen US-Vietnam bilateral relations through educational exchanges in science and technology.
VEF is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors, including two senators, three representatives, three cabinet members and six members from the US citizenry appointed by the President of United States. The organization receives an annual budget of US$5 million from the US Congress until 2018.