Visiting Scholar Grants

The goal of the program is to promote international exchange and cooperation between the United States and Vietnam, through educational exchanges.

VEF Visiting Scholar grants cover the living expenses and professional development related expenses of postdoctoral students pursuing projects/courses
of study in the STEMM fields at U.S.

universities.
Related Programs



Agency - Vietnam Education Foundation
Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

http://www.vef.gov




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Visiting Scholar grants are issued to outstanding Vietnamese scholars to pursue research or another career development project in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) fields at a U. S. university.

The assistance is intended to cover the living expenses and professional development related expenses (allowable expenses are described in detail in the VEF Professional Development Grant policy) of the Visiting Scholar.

Grants are specifically intended to cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U. S. university.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U.S.

university.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Grants cover living expenses and expenses related to the professional development of the Visiting Scholar while they are pursuing their approved project/course of study at a U.S. university. Scholars must be Vietnamese citizens and must have completed a doctoral degree.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must submit an application and supporting documentation which illustrates their capability to succeed in a postdoctoral project/course of study at a U.S. university. They must provide a letter of support from their host university in the United States, as well as from their home university in Vietnam. A transcript and/or diploma from their doctoral institution is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are available on the VEF website at: www.vef.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are screened to ensure that they meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then undergo a technical review and finalists are interviewed in person in Vietnam by selected U.S. professors to assess their ability to succeed in graduate study at a U.S. university.

Deadlines

Jan 21, 2014 to Apr 10, 2014: Online application submission deadline.

Authorization

Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000, Public Law 106-554.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The assistance is available for 5-12 months to cover living expenses and the costs of the project. The money awarded must be spent within the time period specified in the grant letter, and unused funds must be returned to VEF at the conclusion of the grant period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

The Visiting Scholar is expected to maintain documentation and report purchases made using the $300 per month Professional Development Grant funds.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

51-9009-5-5-365 - Budget Account Code.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 12 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is limited to $2,300 per month as a stipend and up to $300 per month for professional development for no less than 5 months and for no more than 12 months. Funds may be spent as specified in the VEF Professional Development Grant policy. Funding may be provided for a project/course of study from 5 to 12 months. In FY 2015, up to 3 Visiting Scholar grants may be funded.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Margaret Petrochenkov 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, Virginia 22201 Email: margaretpetrochenkov@vef.gov Phone: 703-351-5053 Fax: 703-351-1423

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Evidence of superior academic achievement as a scholar in Vietnam. 2. Quality, value, and ?fit? of the professional development plan. 3. Demonstrated commitment to contribute to the educational and scientific development of Vietnam. 4. Supportiveness of the U.S. host institution and the applicant?s home institution in Vietnam.


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