Priority fields of study for Vietnamese applicants


Priority fields of study

  • Governance and Economic Growth (economics, competition, international trade, public policy, public administration, 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 and supply chain management including maritime 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 (educational studies, education management, institutional governance, adult and vocational education management)
  • Gender Equality (gender and development, women’s studies, social work, social policy, women’s leadership)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development (Agricultural-Forestry-Fisheries sciences, agribusiness, agricultural economics, rural development, sustainable tourism management, food safety, aquaculture)
  • Regional Stability and Human Rights (criminology and public governance, international law, international human rights law, maritime sustainability and maritime security, international law of the sea, international relations, political science, international security studies, strategies studies)
  • Disability (including social work, special education)
  • Climate Change (including disaster risk reduction)
  • Innovation (science and technology transfer, and commercialisation)
  • Health (including vaccinate cooperation, research, health systems strengthening, and degrees that support Vietnam’s COVID-19 recovery)
  • Cyber security (including cybercrime, cyber technology standards, international cyber norms, digital transformation and digital infrastructure)

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

Australia for ASEAN Scholarship

Ten students will be selected for an Australia for ASEAN Scholarship, a prestigious enhanced award announced to mark the Australia-ASEAN Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and to advance the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). This is available at Masters level only.

Selected students will also participate in an Indo-Pacific Emerging Leaders Program, which will provide a range of learning, networking and development opportunities.

The priority areas of study for an Australia for ASEAN Scholarship are the four key areas of the AOIP:

  • Maritime
  • Connectivity
  • Economic
  • Sustainable Development Cooperation

Information on priority areas of study is available on the ASEAN website

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 are recommended to use the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for 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