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VinUniversity and Illinois Launch Collaborative Fellowship Program

VinUniversity logo with picture of students raising certificates over head while standing on steps of a building with white pillars.

The Graduate College is pleased to announce a new partnership with VinUniversity, a private nonprofit university in Hanoi, Vietnam. The partnership will provide fellowships to Vietnamese citizens and Vietnamese-Americans who wish to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Illinois. 

VinUniversity was established in 2018 with major financial support from Vingroup, a business conglomerate based in Vietnam that was founded by entrepreneur Pham Nhat Vuong. One of Asia’s largest private conglomerates, Vingroup specializes in technology services, manufacturing, and real estate development.

VinUniversity’s fellowship program offers students the opportunity to study at leading universities around the world, and partnerships have been established in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The partnership with Illinois will support up to ten students annually in select fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and fellowships will provide a generous stipend along with tuition waivers. Master’s students will receive up to two years of support, and PhD students will receive up to five years of support.  

According to Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships in the Graduate College, “We are excited about our new partnership with VinUniversity, for it will bring top students from Vietnam here to Illinois. Many of those students are likely to return to Vietnam following graduation, and some may even join VinUniversity’s faculty.  We look forward to the international scholarly engagement that this fellowship program will foster.”   

For details on the Illinois/VinUniversity fellowship program and its application process, visit the VinUniversity listing in Fellowship Finder. For information on VinUniversity, visit VinUniversity’s home page.