Priority fields of study for Vietnamese applicants


Priority fileds 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)
  • Education (education management, institutional governance, vocational education management)
  • Gender Equality (gender and development, women’s studies)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development (agribusiness, agricultural economics, rural development, sustainable tourism management, food safety)
  • Regional Stability and Human Rights (cyber security, criminology and public governance, international law, international human rights law)
  • Disability (including social work, special education)
  • Climate Change (including disaster risk reduction)
  • Innovation (science and technology transfer and commercialisation)

Studies in other fields will be considered on the basis of merit.

Ineligible field 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 should match applicants' current English Language levels (or expected English language levels after in-country English language training if required)
  • 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..
  • For applicants who may have to undertake in-country English language training, preference 2 should have lower English Language level requirement than preference 1 in case applicants are unable to meet the English Language entry requirement of preference 1.
  • 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 satisfy the English language entry requirement of approved courses, the scholarship may be withdrawn.

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