Priority fields of study for Vietnamese applicants


Priority fields of study

  • Governance and Economic Growth (economics, competition, international trade, public policy, public finance management, corporate finance, law to support economic integration, entrepreneurship and innovation)
  • Infrastructure and Transport (project management and financing, traffic forecasting, transport engineering, social and environmental safeguards, urban transport planning and management, transport master planning, public-private partnership, transport economics, road safety and audit, logistics management)
  • Water and sanitation (water management, water engineering, water quality and supply systems, water and waste water, water governance, water security, drought management, marine pollution)
  • Education (education management, institutional governance, vocational education management)
  • Gender Equality (gender and development, women’s studies)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development (Agricultural sciences, agribusiness, agricultural economics, rural development, sustainable tourism management, food safety, aquaculture)
  • Regional Stability and Human Rights (cyber security, criminology and public governance, international law, international human rights law, maritime sustainability and maritime security), international law of the sea
  • Disability (including social work, special education)
  • Climate Change (including disaster risk reduction), Energy (including energy security, energy planning, energy sector reform, renewable energy)
  • Innovation (science and technology transfer and commercialisation)
  • Health (including research, health systems strengthening, and degrees that support Vietnam’s COVID-19 recovery)

Studies in other fields (except Master of Business Administration, Information Technology hardware and software, Medicine, Pharmacy, Communication / Media / Journalism) will be considered on the basis of merit.

Ineligible fields of study

  • MBA
  • IT hardware and software
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Communication/Media/Journalism

Split Courses

A split course option is available for two courses at the Australian National University (ANU): Master of International and Development Economics and Master of Environmental and Resource Economics. The first year of study will take place at the National Economics University (NEU) and the second year at ANU. The Australia Awards Scholarship would cover only the second year of study at ANU. Further information on the ANU/NEU split course can be found here. 

Course selection

  • Applicants must nominate two courses - preference 1 and preference 2 - in the same field of study but at two different universities.
  •  Courses irrelevant to academic background can still be considered depending on relevant work experience and career goals. In the application, applicants must demonstrate how knowledge and skills gained in the proposed studies would be used to advance Vietnam’s development when applicants return from Australia.
  • At placement stage, nominated courses might be approved to change in exceptional circumstances. The change will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the condition that the new course is in the same field of study, relevant to the candidate's work experience and/or career objectives and supported by their employer if currently employed.
  • At placement stage, if awardees cannot obtain at least IELTS 6.5 (no sub-band below 6.0) , the scholarship may be withdrawn.

Additional information