|Successful applicants for the 2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programme pose for a photo. — Photo courtesy of the Australian embassy
HA NOI (VNS) — Thirteen applicants from Viet Nam have been awarded scholarships to study for their PhDs in Australia under the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programme.
That makes Viet Nam the recipient of the highest number of PhD awards for any country, for the second year in a row.
"This is a testament to the calibre and initiative of Vietnamese scholars," Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman said in a press release on Tuesday.
Around 4,000 applications are received each year from over 125 eligible countries. The applications are assessed on merit and there are no country quotas.
Of the 55 countries receiving awards, Viet Nam received 39 scholarships overall, the third highest number for any country. In addition to the 13 PhD scholarships, there were also five Masters scholarships, eight research fellowships, 10 executive fellowships and three vocational education and training scholarships.
Vietnamese scholarship holders will be studying in fields as diverse as education, agriculture, engineering, and health, in addition to management, across 17 Australian universities.
Five Australians have received an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship to study in Viet Nam in 2016.
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive scholarships which promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours.
Applications for the 2017 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will open in early April 2016 and close on June 30, 2016. — VNS