Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship

Vingroup, the largest private corporation in Vietnam, has pledged a term contribution of SG$10 million to Singapore Management University (SMU) to establish the Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship to nurture technology talents.

Press release

Vingroup partners with SMU to nurture technology talents with SG$10 million gift.

Singapore, 16 August 2019 (Friday) – Vingroup, the largest private corporation in Vietnam, has pledged a term contribution of SG$10 million to Singapore Management University (SMU) to establish the Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship to nurture technology talents.

Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup, Madam Le Mai Lan, and SMU President, Professor Lily Kong, signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) at SMU today. Also present at the event were HE Tao Thi Thanh Huong, Vietnam’s Ambassador to Singapore, as well as senior management and staff from SMU.

The sealing of this partnership came after both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Hanoi last October to collaborate on research and development, capacity building, as well as executive and professional development programmes.

SMU is pleased and grateful to sign a Memorandum of Intent to receive this gift to establish the Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship at SMU. The gift is especially significant to the University as it is the first time that our School of Information Systems’ postgraduate programmes have received a gift of such a substantial amount. This gift is a strong testament of the confidence Vingroup has in our programmes. It is also the first time that a scholarship programme has been made available solely to postgraduate Vietnamese students studying in SMU.

Professor Lily KongPresident of the Singapore Management University (SMU)

We are delighted to collaborate on a larger extent with one of the esteemed universities like SMU. This partnership will go a long way towards our common vision of uplifting education and research to tackle the challenges faced by society in the Asian century. The outstanding point of SMU is that the University not only provides students with science and technology knowledge but also equips them with system thinking and problem solving skills from the perspective of a leader, a manager. We are confident that this Scholarship Programme will train talented technology specialists who are experts in their field and have strong passion for management and entrepreneurship, coming back to contribute to the development of the knowledge economy of the country.

Madam Le Mai LanVice-Chairwoman of Vingroup

About Singapore Management University

Established in 2000, SMU is recognised for its high-impact multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, and for its innovations in experiential learning. With over 10,000 students, SMU offers bachelors, masters and PhD degree programmes in Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law and Social Sciences, and executive development programmes. Through its city campus, SMU enjoys strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community in Singapore and beyond.

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Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship

Number of scholarships and value

Up to twelve non-bonded Scholarships per year will be offered from Academic Year 2019/2020 to Academic Year 2023/2024. The Scholarship covers full tuition fees and provides monthly stipends during the recipient’s period of study.

The Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship Program is part of the Science and Technology Scholarship Program for Overseas Study for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees by Vingroup

Eligiblility criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship.

  • Be full-time students who are successfully admitted to, or enrolled into any of the supported SMU Postgraduate Research Programmes.
  • Be of Vietnamese origin.
  • Have good academic results, as determined by SMU.
  • Demonstrate a desire to excel in research and to return back to Vietnam in order to contribute meaningfully to the country.
Scholarship conditions

Upon graduation, recipients enrolled in the SIS Masters’ programmes are expected to return to Vietnam within one year of their graduation of the programme; and those enrolled in the SIS PhD programmes are expected to return to Vietnam within two years of their graduation of the programme, and contribute to the Science and Technology industry in Vietnam by working or serving in Vietnam, for the number of years of support that they receive from the scholarship.

Application timeline

The application periods for the respective SMU Postgraduate Research Programmes are listed below.

How to apply

You can choose to apply either via SMU’s online application portal or through Vingroup Scholarship application form. 

Note: Please make sure you meet the deadlines by SMU. The timeline of the Vingroup Scholarship Program application might not align completely with that of SMU.

Further information about the Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship at SMU, visit

Gift Signing Ceremony between Vingroup and SMU for the Establishment of the Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship Programme – 16 August 2019