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VEF Announces 2003 Fellows


Washington, D.C.
 
May 27, 2003--VEF announces the selection of its 2003 Fellows. Twenty-two Vietnamese nationals were named the first recipients of VEF Fellowships.
 
The winners include 14 Ph.D. and 8 M.A. candidates who will be studying science and technology at 18 U.S. universities across 15 states. They come from 9 different provinces and all three geographic regions of Vietnam. All of them had gained admission to U.S. universities before applying for VEF Fellowships. Their VEF submissions were evaluated by expert panels from the American National Academy of Sciences. These 22 Fellows will be offered full or partial financial support from VEF during their graduate study.
 
"We are very proud of our first Fellows. These individuals have demonstrated personal initiatives by obtaining school admission on their own. They were carefully evaluated for VEF by esteemed science and technology teaching professionals, using the same standard for U.S. graduate students; and they passed with flying colors. It brings us great joy to be able to support their academic pursuits," said VEF Board Chairman Herbert Allison Jr. and VEF Executive Director Kien Pham.
 
"We are impressed by the quality and intellectual promise of graduate students from Vietnam in the fields of science and technology. With this reservoir of young talent, the Vietnam Education Foundation should be able to help the country build its research and teaching capabilities on par with other countries in the region," said Dr. Ray Gamble of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
The Vietnam Education Foundation was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to foster closer relations between the U.S. and Vietnam through educational exchanges. The program enables Vietnamese nationals to come to the U.S. for graduate studies in science technology, math, and healthcare; and will bring U.S. citizens to Vietnam to teach in those fields.
 
VEF does not support studies in business, economics, humanities, social sciences or undergraduate programs. Recipients of VEF Fellowships are required to have a U.S. J-1 visa and to return to Vietnam according to U.S. laws.
 
VEF will announce its 2004 application process in the Fall of 2003.



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