The University of Newcastle, Australia

VIED Scholarship (Vietnam)

The Future Students webpages will direct you to information for all Higher Degree by Research applicants. While some of this information will apply to you, additional Vietnam International Education Development Scholarship (VIED) specific information is below.

UON has a partnership agreement with VIED of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). The full scholarship covers the HDR candidates’ tuition fees and living expenses for the full duration of up to three and a half year PhD program. VIED sponsored PhD candidates at UON are highly valued by the University and recognised as being high achievers.

UON is a research-intensive university which has a vibrant research culture and registers on the global stage through collaboration with research peers, industry, government and the community. Our research centres bring together our top researchers and promote cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary research to achieve research outcomes that have significant impact on society - nationally and internationally.

The University of Newcastle offers a supportive environment for candidates to undertake their research degree studies. We understand that PhD candidates need to dedicate their time to their studies and are ideally not distracted by any additional financial burden.

With this in mind, UON has committed to offering VIED scholarship recipients a guaranteed UON tuition fee scholarship of up to four years full-time, as well as a living allowance scholarship to top up the VIED scholarship to the standard Australian PhD scholarship rate.

Summary of scholarship benefits provided to successful VIED candidates:

  • A tuition fee scholarship for the full 4 years of their PhD;
  • A living allowance supplemented to match the Australian PhD 2020 rate ($28,092 per annum);
  • Overseas student health cover single policy for the duration of their program (4 years)*; and
  • $1,500 relocation allowance.

At Newcastle we also believe in providing you with the skills necessary for success in your future career - we offer a wide range of PhD skills workshops and opportunities for academic and industry engagement.

*Single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is arranged for all successful VIED candidates. The Australian Government requires that OSHC is in place for the full duration of your student visa.

The University of Newcastle has developed a code specifically for all VIED applicants wishing to study with us. Applicants are requested to enter the 'Pre-identified candidate code' when submitting their online application. This code will enable us to quickly identify VIED applications and ensure that these are prioritised and supported throughout the application process. Applicants wishing to study with the University of Newcastle can expect to receive a prompt outcome regarding their application.

When completing your application, please ensure to include the following code in the 'Pre-identified Candidate Code' field, which can be found on the 'Supporting Documentation' page as shown below.


Supporting Documentation field in online HDR Application

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. For international students, a four year bachelor degree including a significant research training component attained at a high standard, is the standard entry requirement. Additional postgraduate research training such as a Masters’ degree with a significant research component may also be considered.

In addition to academic eligibility, offers of admission are made dependent upon there being appropriate supervisory capacity to oversee the proposed research.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate meeting the University's English proficiency policy. The most common method of meeting this is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no subtest below 6.0 (for PhD programs in School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the School of Medicine and Public Health the overall IELTS score required is 7.0 with each subtest of at least 6.5).

Additional requirements include:

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of Vietnam and must satisfy selection criteria set out by VIED at the time of application;
  • Have received the VIED scholarship letter; and
  • Be commencing full-time enrolment in a PhD program at UON.

You will require an offer of admission from the University of Newcastle to present to VIED. Following submission of a UON offer to VIED, you will receive an updated proof of scholarship from VIED to return to UON to complete your enrolment.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

A Student Services and Amenities fee is applicable to all candidates. This money is used to improve student services offered by the University.

Key resources available to VIED holders include:

  • A free Dell laptop computer
  • Research related costs (Level of support varies according to program of study)
  • The opportunity to join our cultural connections program, available to all international candidates to develop friendships and learn about Australian customs.

Please see the Future Students Resources page for more information on resources available to all University of Newcastle higher degree by research students.

The next steps:

  1. Apply to VIED and if successful, obtain a letter proof of your successful application and VIED support.
  2. Search our Find a Supervisor webpage for UON academics in your area of interest that are available and willing to be your nominated supervisor in the application
  3. Discuss your ideas with the potential supervisor at the University of Newcastle and develop a research proposal.  Our research proposal template may be useful as a guide.
  4. Once a potential supervisor at UON has been identified, register and apply for admission online.

You will need the following documents and information as part of your application submission:

  1. Official translations in English of your Bachelor degree/s including transcripts
  2. Official translations in English of your Master's degree/s including transcripts if applicable
  3. Your IELTS or TOEFL test results if applicable
  4. Your curriculum vitae
  5. Evidence of any publications you have authored
  6. Your research proposal
  7. The name of your potential supervisor/s at the University of Newcastle
  8. Please include "VIED" at the scholarship and “Priority Assessment Code” question so that we can fast track your application.

To assist you through the application process, please see our Guide to Submitting an Application.

If you have any questions, UON Graduate Research would be pleased to assist you. Please email us at:

We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle.