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The AmCham Scholarship program is part of AmCham’s efforts to improve the business environment in Vietnam in general, and the HCM City area in particular, by helping develop high quality human resources for member companies, as well as helping students develop essential professional working skills.

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What is AmCham Scholarship?

The AmCham Scholarship program is part of AmCham’s efforts to improve the business environment in Vietnam in general, and the HCM City area in particular, by helping develop high quality human resources for member companies, as well as helping students develop essential professional working skills.

The AmCham Scholarship program was launched in HCM City in 2001, and since then has awarded scholarships to 705 students from 12 leading universities in Ho Chi Minh City.

What is the timeline of the AmCham Scholarship selection process?

Below is AmCham Scholarship 2016 Timeline (Tentative)

Wed, 18 May Tech Info Session
Mon, 15 Aug Application form opening
Sat, 10 Sep AmCham Scholarship Info Session
Sat, 01 Oct Application Deadline of Group 1
Sat, 08 Oct Application Deadline of Group 2
Sat, 22 Oct Screening Results • English Test Schedule
Sun, 29 Oct English Test
Wed, 05 Nov English Test Results • Ability Test Schedule
Sat, 12 Nov Ability Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 19 Nov Ability Test Results • Interview Schedule
Sat, 26 Nov Interview Day
Sat, 03 Dec Award Ceremony

What benefits can AmCham Scholars receive?

The AmCham Scholars will be:
– Provided with financial support (to be announced)
– Recognized by nearly 500 AmCham companies
– Provided with credits for job application purposes after graduation and other related purposes (e.g. summer job, internship, further scholarship, etc.)
– Invited to some AmCham functions
– Entitled to join AmCham Scholars Alumni/ae Club

What is the best way to communicate with the AmCham Scholarship Management Team?

***Note: Please remember your application ID. Always include this ID in your message when communicating with our team at or call 08 3824 3743.

Which language is used during the program?

Please note that English is the ONLY language used in THE WHOLE PROGRAM.

After winning the scholarship, is there any commitment that I have to fulfill?

No, there isn’t any. However, AmCham Scholars are encouraged to join ASA group’s activities, as well as support AmCham Scholarship Management Team during the program in the following years.

How about the opportunity for AmCham Scholars to get a job after the program, especially in MNCs or working overseas if any?

AmCham Vietnam does not guarantee that you will get a job after the program. However, when you join ASA group, there will be much more chances to find a new job as the group is a great network for you not only in future career but also lifestyle, soft skills…


How can I be considered as an undergraduate student in my last 2 academic years?

You must be studying at least one subject or writing your thesis until Oct 08, 2016 to be considered as an undergraduate student in the last 2 academic years.

We would like to add more details as below:
– For School of Medicine – Vietnam National University: at least you have finished your 4th academic year, but has not completed all subjects/credits to be recognized as a graduate (including thesis)
– For other universities: at least you have finished your 2nd academic year, but has not completed all subjects/credits to be recognized as a graduate (including thesis).

I’m currently a 4th year student in HCMUT, Faculty of Electrical & Electronics. Am I eligible for this scholarship?

Yes, of course you are. If you are currently a third year and above but not graduate student of the universities listed on the AmCham Scholarship 2016 page, you are eligible to apply regardless of your major.

I am a final year student of Foreign Trade University but I am 25 years old. Can I apply?

Yes, you can. There is no age limit for AmCham Scholarship Applicants as long that you meet all criteria. Please refer to the Who can apply? section for detailed information.

I am taking an affiliate program (chương trình liên kết). Can I apply?

Yes, you can but ONLY IF this program is an official course of your university’s curriculum. To ensure your eligibility, please send us an email to or call 08 3824 3743.

I am taking a university transition program (chương trình liên thông đại học). Can I apply?

No, you can not as this program is not an official course of your university’s curriculum. Besides you are not admitted as a student of the university from the entrance exam either. To ensure your eligibility, please send us an email to or call 08 3824 3743.

Is there any restriction on my studying major?

Please note that there is NO RESTRICTION on your studying major. Students in all majors from eligible universities are welcomed to apply. Good luck.

I have just received the PETRONAS English scholarship. Am I still eligible?

We have no constraints about this matter. The main purpose of this scholarship is to award Vietnamese Young Talents. Therefore, please feel free to apply for this scholarship.

My GPA is higher than 7.0. However, I feel inferior with my extra curriculum activities. Should I apply?

Don’t worry too much about this. Our procedure is professional enough to spot the qualified applicants. Have confidence in yourself!

My GPA is 7.1, comparatively low. Should I apply for the scholarship?

You are cordially encouraged to apply. All applications with 7.0 GPA or higher are treated equally. In addition, we will look at your social activities and career orientation. Therefore, do not worry. You will create your own opportunity when you apply.

Is it important to provide my achievements and career orientation?

Absolutely! This is a must and will contribute to your score to pass the application screening round. If we find any evidence to show that your statement is incorrect, we have the right to decline your application and withdraw your award. Therefore, be honest with your statement.

I’m currently majoring in Environment Department. Is it categorized as Social or Technical?

Your major is considered as Technical. Please note that there is no restriction of major in AmCham Scholarship 2016.

Is there any favour given to students living in disadvantaged condition or from remote/ area?

We are very sorry but the answer is NO. AmCham Scholarship is a merit-based program, so no bias is allowed.

Can I apply in the following years?

Please keep in mind that you can apply for AmCham Scholarship ONCE ONLY. If you have completed and submitted your application, you are not allowed to apply in the following years.


What document should I prepare before filling out the online application?

The ONLY required document you need before starting the application is your official GPA certificate. This should be the completed GPA with all grades from the first year. Please scan this file in PDF format. Other optional documents are (1) your English certificate (also in PDF format) if your result is higher than our threshold, and (2) your Certificate (in PDF format) related to your Achievement at school or in the community.

Should I send the documents related to my social and community activities, or the prizes that I have obtained?

As answered on previous questions, yes. If you have the supporting document relating to your Achievement, please upload it on your Online Application form.

Which achievement/ social activity/ work experience should I use in the application form?

You should consider carefully and choose your best (or most influential) achievement/ activity/ experience in your student life. Then, our Process Team will evaluate your application according to the selection criteria.

Can I modify my application? If yes, how can?

We strongly encourage that you have everything ready before you start working on the online application, including your GPA, the optional English certificate, and Achievement certificate. Though the system will save your answers as you are filling out the form, and you may log out and return as often as you wish, we encourage that you complete the application in one sitting. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot revise it. If you notice any mistakes, please contact our team via

How do I know if my online application has successfully reached the scholarship team? Will you send me a confirmation email?

Every 5pm on Saturday we will upload the Completed application list on our website . If you do not see your name on this list, even though you have completed the online application and successfully uploaded your GPA, please send an email to Don’t forget to include your application ID in the message.

If a network problem occurs when I am submitting my application exactly when it is due, my application might be late for a few minutes. Will you accept this late application?

We are sorry but the answer is NO. Our system automatically stops receiving applications when the deadline comes. Therefore, please keep the deadline in mind and apply in time.

How can I prepare PDF file for Scholarship Application?

We strongly recommend that you scan your GPA Certificate and the optional English Certificate in PDF formatnot in JPEG, PNG, or any other version. This will be the easiest and most convenient method. Please note, during scanning do not let your file become too large or you may have problem with the upload system. However, if your scanner is not available for PDF format, there are a lot of tools to help you convert your JPEG/DOC file into PDF.
***Note: Please note that when converting, always make sure to keep your PDF file as small as possible. We recommend that each file should not exceed 4MB. You can compress your PDF file with the Adobe Acrobat Professional software.


Can I have some information about the English test?

Please click this link for more information about The English Test.

I heard that some candidates might skip the English test if they had an English certificate. What score do I need to get for exemption?

Yes, you can skip the English test, but only if you’ve reached one of these levels:
– TOEIC: 900 or above
– TOEFL iBT: 90 or above
– IELTS: 7.0 or above (with all skills from 6.5)

For exemption, in the Application Form, you should upload your certificate, which must be issued after Oct 08 2014 in case of expiration.

What score level do I need to pass the English test?

It depends on the English level of all participants but history data shows at least upper-intermediate level.

I do not have any English certificate, such as IELTS or TOEFL. Is it a disadvantage?

Don’t worry about that. There were many applicants still passing the English test and even becoming our winners without any certificate. You just need to well prepare and get yourself comfortable before each round.

What if my English certificate has been just expired, am I still exempt from English test?

No, your certificate has to be valid until the last deadline of Application Round, which is Oct 08 2016, then you will be exempt. So it has to be issued no sooner than Oct 08 2014.

Can I have some information about the Abilities test?

Please click this link for more information.


How can I prepare for the Interview Round?

Please click this link for more information about How to Prepare for an Interview.

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