Call for the Applications to USTH Doctoral Program for the year 2019 – Second wave


For the year 2019 – Second wave

  1. Research fields and contacts

Students interested in doctoral program of USTH-DoS are required to contact the responsible of the research field at USTH (Director/Co-Director of the research laboratory and department). He/she will be proposed a list of research projects that he/she will select in accordance with responsible. The responsible will indicate to the student one suitable thesis director (supervisor) and eventually a thesis co-director, that student must contact.  The director/co-director will assist students to prepare the research proposal (Item 2) and complete the application dossier (Item 6).

A candidate may also propose a research project to the responsible of the research field, as well as suggest thesis director/co-director who should fit the following requirements (for more details, see PhD regulation on USTH Website:

  • Working experience of minimum 3 years after PhD diploma as principal investigator in scientific and technology tasks;
  • USTH faculty or French visiting scientist working in USTH laboratories or USTH-associated laboratories in Vietnam;
  • Principal author of at least one scientific publication in an ISI journal (or of publication as recommended in PhD regulation).
  1. Research proposal

The research proposal will be prepared by the candidate assisted and in complete accordance with the thesis director/co-director. It must includes the following informations (maximum 10 A4 pages):

  • Research field and thesis subject;
  • Name and qualities of director/co-director, accompanied by their letters of scientific guidance acceptance;
  • Motivation letter of the candidate;
  • List of publications in the research field (if any);
  • 2 recommendation letters from 2 scientists having worked at least 6 months with the candidate;
  • Overview of the thesis subject, and target of the research;
  • Available conditions for the laboratory and research funding;
  • Implementation plan for 3 years and expected results;
  • Intended plan for working after graduation.
  1. Admission plan for the year 2019 - Second wave


Application dossier submission

June 20th, 2019 to July 20th, 2019

Application dossier preselection

March 2019

Admission jury (by interviewing directly with the specialty subcommittee including Vietnamese and French professors)

April 2019

Admission results and enrollment

May 2019


  1. Admission fee and tuition fee
  • Admission fee (non-refundable in all cases): 500,000 VND/candidate.
  • The tuition fee will be paid by semester according to USTH regulation.
  1. Scholarship and fellowship

USTH offers various scholarships to PhD students who are enrolled at the university. Scholarships include:

  • Scholarship for Excecllent Students for PhD students with outstanding academic achievements: Scholarship value ranges from 5,000,000 VND to 15,000,000 VND.
  • Pathway to Success Scholarship for PhD students who graduated from USTH’s Bachelor/Master programs and further their study in USTH’s Doctoral programs: 5,000,000 VND.
  • Capacity Building Scholarship for PhD students who are employees of USTH, VAST’s institutes and centers, and USTH’s partner institutions: Scholarship value ranges from 10,000,000 VND to 20,000,000 VND.

USTH’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Council decides the list of scholarship recipients pursuant to Regulations on awarding scholarship and financial aids for USTH students.

All information about the scholarships is available on the website of USTH at:


  1. Requirements for applications
  • Applicant holding a Master degree in or relevant to the research field.


  • Applicant holding a Bachelor degree in or relevant to the research field, with excellent grade (GPA from 9.0/10 onwards), and
  • Author of 01 scientific publication or scientific report in the research field, published in scientific journals or conference proceedings with oral presentation within 03 years (36 months) counting to the application date.
Foreign language requirement
  • Applicants, who have full time Bachelor and/or Master degrees and the study language is English, shall be exempted from providing foreign language certificates.
  • Valid English certificates TOEFL iBT 45 and above or IELTS 5.0 and above delivered by a certified international and Vietnamese examination organization within 2 years counting from the application date.
  1. Application dossier

Application dossier can be downloaded at: 

Applicants have to submit 01 application dossier in English presented on A4 paper including the following documents:

  1. Application form as in the template;
  2. Valid copies of degrees, certificates, transcripts of Bachelor and Master levels. In case these papers are issued by a foreign university, the applicants should include the provisions to evaluate the study result of that university *;
  3. Valid English certificates;
  4. Updated and detailed resume (CV) includind awards and prizes (if any);
  5. Research proposal as required in Item 2 (maximum 10 A4 pages).

*Applicants having completed their Master programs but not yet received their diploma or official academic transcripts can submit a provisional letter of graduation confirmation or academic transcript (valid copies and translations in English). Successful candidates will be required to submit all those documents to be officially accepted.


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  1. Application dossier submission

The applicant submits the application dossier at the following address:

USTH Doctoral School

University of Sience and Technology (USTH)

Room 412, A21 Building

Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi

Tel: +84 24 3212 1572

All the documents of the application dossier must be put in a suitable bag/envelop. The following information should be clearly written on the cover of the bag/envelop:

  1. Full name of applicant;
  2. Home/mobile phone numbers, and Email address;
  3. Research field.

In addition to sending the original dossier to the address above, applicants need to scan the above dossier into PDF files only and not exceeding 6 MB (zip acceptable), and send via email to both of the following addresses: (Ms. PHAM Thi Minh Hien) and with the email title: Admission.PhD <Research field> <Full name>. Applicants can contact USTH Doctoral School at the phone number +84 24 3212 1572 to be assisted in the preparation and submission of the application dossier.