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Application Requirements and Selection Process

I. Application Requirements

As part of the application, the Visiting Scholar Program applicant must provide the following:

  1. Professional Development Plan. A clear and concise description of the project, program, research, and/or the study plan to be undertaken as a Visiting Scholar. Include the objectives, timeline, and expected outcomes and how completion of this plan will contribute to the applicant's career advancement in Vietnam, the development of the applicant's field in Vietnam, and scientific progress for Vietnam (maximum of 4 pages).
  2. Information on Other U.S. Federal Government Grants. Applicants must clarify if they are receiving any other U.S. Federal Government grant monies for a program in the United States at the time of the proposed VEF program.
  3. Information on Previous VEF Grants. If the applicant has received a VEF Visiting Scholar grant in the past, then the application must demonstrate the following:
    1. How the proposed project is different from the previous one;
    2. What the advantage is to the U.S. and Vietnamese institutions to have the individual return; and
    3. What the outcomes were from the previous grant and how the present request builds on the past outcomes.
  4. Commitment to the Educational and Scientific Development of Vietnam. A clear and concise description of a training plan that describes how the knowledge, skills, and abilities, which the applicant will acquire in the United States, will be communicated to others in Vietnam. VEF sees the VSP as a "Training of Trainers" program, namely, training the applicant as a trainer of others, who in turn would train others, thus broadly spreading the knowledge gained by the Visiting Scholar while in the United States. Also include plans for any continued collaboration with the U.S. host institution. The applicant's demonstration of leadership and initiative in the academic realm or the community should also be mentioned. Applicants may also suggest how they might serve as a scientific and cultural bridge between the two countries.
  5. U.S. Host Institution Commitment. A written commitment from the most appropriate U.S. university/institution, department, and/or faculty member(s)/researcher(s), which/who will serve as the applicant's host, if selected as a Visiting Scholar. The written commitment must include the following details:
    1. Dates. Dates that the Visiting Scholar will be hosted: expected start and end dates.
    2. Roles and Responsibilities of U.S. Host Institution. The role of the host institution, department, and/or faculty member(s)/researcher(s), including which arrangements for the Visiting Scholar will be handled by the host and which must be managed by the Visiting Scholar.
    3. Role of Visiting Scholar. Expectations of the host entity regarding the role and involvement of the Visiting Scholar.
    4. Outcomes. The expected outcomes of the Visiting Scholar's proposed program, including plans for continuing collaboration with the Visiting Scholar and the Visiting Scholar's Vietnamese home institution.
    5. Support. Expected support from the host institution for the Visiting Scholar, which should address at least the following:
      1. Financial support, if any.
      2. Furnished office or desk space.
      3. Use of phone for U.S. and international phone calls.
      4. Use of a personal computer (laptop or desktop).
      5. Use of other equipment, including fax.
      6. Use of laboratory space and equipment as well as any limitations.
      7. Use of libraries and other institutional facilities, including any health centers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, etc.
      8. Institutional identification card.
      9. Cost, if any, to the Visiting Scholar for any of the above.
    6. Disbursement of Monthly Stipends and PDG Funds. Agreement by the host institution to disburse VEF funds for the Visiting Scholar, as outlined in section E herein.
    7. Further Clarifications. Any other information that clarifies the arrangements between the host institution and the Visiting Scholar, such as, timing of stipend payments, PDG funds, and possibility of having the host institution's insurance plan at no cost to the Visiting Scholar.
  6. Vietnamese University Commitments
    1. Candidacy. A written commitment from the applicant's home institution/organization in Vietnam to support the candidacy of the applicant for the VEF VSP and to allow the applicant to undertake the VSP for the period of time proposed in the United States.
    2. Training of Trainers Program. A written commitment from the applicant's home institution/organization and/or by other Vietnamese institutions to support training sessions to train others in Vietnam with the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained by the Visiting Scholar in the United States.
    3. Institutional Collaboration. A demonstrated interest in continuing collaboration with the U.S. host institution.
  7. Disclosures. Applicants must disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations). If the applicant has had such a conviction, the applicant must explain how the issues have been resolved.
II. Selection Process
  1. ROUND ONE - Qualification Screening
  2. ROUND TWO - Oral Exam/Interview (August)

Final Decision by VEF Board of Directors in November