Recruitment and preliminary selection for the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program, as in othercountries, is conducted first in the United States by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), in accordance with proposals sent to it by Fulbright commissions and U.S. State Department posts throughout the world. The selected applications are then sent to those commissions and posts for final selection and placement. The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, the Fulbright commission in Taiwan, receives these applications from CIES. Profiles of previous and current grantees can be viewed here.

The FSE offers several types of grants for U.S. scholars:

Up to six awards (length of grant: 5 to10 months) are offered for U.S. scholars who wish to carry out research projects in a field of Applied Social/Policy Sciences, Arts, Business, Culture, Education, Humanities, information/Communications, Media/Journalism, or Social Sciences in Taiwan.

Up to five full grants (length of grant: 5 months (one semester) or 10 months (two semesters)) are offered for U.S. professors who are interested in teaching in a field in the Applied Social/Policy Sciences, Arts, Business, Culture, Education, Humanities, information/Communications, Media/Journalism, Social Sciences at a Taiwan university.

Up to five full grants (length of grant: 5 months (one semester) or 10 months (two semesters) are offered for U.S. professors who are interested the combination of in teaching and conducting research in a field in the Applied Social/Policy Sciences, Arts, Business, Culture, Education, Humanities, Information/Communications, Media/Journalism, Social Sciences at a Taiwan university. The proportion of each should be determined in consultation with the host and clearly stated in the proposal.


Up to six awards (length of grant: 5 to10 months) for U.S. scholars who conduct postdoctoral research and/or collaborate with Taiwanese academic and research   institutions in a field of Applied Social/Policy Sciences, Arts, Business, Culture, Education, Humanities, information/Communications, Media/Journalism, or Social Sciences. Activities may include presenting lectures, seminars, and workshops as arranged by the host institution.

Scholars who have already secured major financial support from other sources may apply for supplementary support and status as Fulbright scholars. Up to six awards (length of grant: 5~10 months) are available annually in this category.


As for the above-listed awards in Teaching Award, Research Award, and Postdoctoral Award, please see the details of disciplines and specializations as follows:

- Disciplines:
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Agriculture, American History, American Literature, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Area Studies, Art, Art History, Business Administration, Communications, Creative Writing, Dance, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, Film Studies, Geography, Geology, History (non-U.S.), Journalism, Language and Literature (non-US), Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Theater, Urban Planning.

- Specializations:
Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations, but applications in the following specializations are preferred: Creativity, innovation and cultural industry; Chinese and/or Taiwan studies; Cross-Strait studies; health care policy; Indigenous People Initiative; international affairs; international education; entrepreneurship; marine science; migration and immigration policy; science, technology and innovation policy; international relations; management; Pacific Corals Holistic Project; public policy; public safety; Tomorrow's Rivers Initiative; and tourism.

Additional depth and breadth are encouraged in three general project areas: "Indigenous People Initiative", "Pacific Coral Holistic Project", and "Tomorrow's Rivers Initiative". Please see the following information for examples as these research project areas have been done from our former U.S. grantees:

Indigenous People Initiative
* Ms. Breda Zlamany, Artist
  Arts: “Crating a Portraiture of the Indigenous Inhabitants of Taiwan”
* Dr. Christine Yeh, Professor
  Psychology: “Taiwanese High School Students’ Peer, Family, and Academic Stressors and Mental Health  Concerns: Indigenous and Interdependent Coping Strategies”

* Mr. Terry O’Reilly, Artist
  Arts: “Meeting in the Mountains”

* Dr. Donald Hatfield, Associate Professor
  Anthropology: “Far Ocean Fishing, Placemaking and Formations of Taiwanese Indigenous Identity”

* Ms. Mary Hamilton, B.A.
  Chinese and China Studies: “Ancient Sailing Techniques among Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples”

* Dr. Stephen Pan, Postdoctoral Researcher
  Public Health: “Sociocultural Determinants of Excess Unintentional Injury Mortality Among Aboriginal People in Eastern Taiwan: A Mixed-methods Study”

* Dr. Shih-Hui Chen, Associate Professor
Music: “Returning, A Musical Composition Influenced by the Aboriginal and Han Cultures of Taiwan”

Pacific Corals Holistic Project
* Mr. Craig Voligny, M.F.A.
  Painting and Printmaking: “Parallels and Meridians: Painted Interpretations of the Kenting“

* Ms. Kimberly Wilson, Ph.D. Candidate
  Comparative Politics / International Relations :“ Taiwan, China, and Claim Characteristics in the South China Sea“

* Mr. Nathaniel Maynard, M.A.
  International Environmental Policy / Ocean & Coastal Management: “What is the Economic Benefit of the Houbihu Marine?”

* Ms. Tsai-Ping Ma, Director of Accounting
  Accounting: “Empirical and Comparing the Operating Management between: National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences”

* Dr. Tung-Yung Fan, Research Fellow
  Marine Biology: “Understanding the Elements of Success in Coral Reef Research and Aquaculture Industry in Hawaii: Lessons for Taiwan”

Tomorrow’s Rivers Initiative

* Dr. Desiree Tullos, Assistant Professor
  Environmental Engineering: “Ecological, Economic, and Engineering Sustainability through Sediment Management in Reservoirs”

* Dr. Kenneth Loh, Assistant Professor
  Structural Engineering: “Bridge Scour Monitoring and Modeling for Next-Generation Resilient Structures”

* Dr. Philip Brown, Professor
  History (non-U.S.):“Dam Imperialism: The Case of the Wusantou Dam, Tainan, and Related Projects”

* Dr. Laurie Battle, Associate Professor
  Mathematics: “Mathematical Modeling in Biology, Modeling the Formosan Salmon

English Education Project

* Dr. Yilin Sun, Professor
TEFL/TESOL, Applied Linguistics: “Principled Eclecticism in Post-Methods Era in ELT Instruction, Curriculum Development & Assessment in an EFL Context”

* Dr. Chiung-Yao Carolyn Ho, Professor
 TEFL/Applied Linguistics: “Development for ETAs in Taiwan”

* Dr. Robert Siegel, Professor
Creative Writing: American Literature and Creative Writing for Taiwanese Students”

* Dr. Marilyn Rahilly, Assistant Professor
TEFL/TESOL: “Development for ETAs in Taiwan to improve English Speaking Proficiency and Lowering the Affective Filter in East Asian Adult Learners”

* Dr. Robert Davidson, Professor
American Literature: “American Literature & Creative Writing in Taiwan”

Cross-strait Studies

* Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen, Associate Professor
Nursing: “Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity in Preschool-Age Chinese Children in Taiwan and China”

* Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei, Associate Professor
Political Science: “Cross-Strait Book Manuscript and South China Sea Claims”

* Dr. Monica Yang Chen, Associate Professor
Business Administration: “Determinants and Performance of Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions across the Taiwan Strait 2000-2003”

* Dr. Ian Rowen, Ph.D. Candidate
Geography: “Chinese Tourists in Taiwan: Tourism and State Territoriality”

* Dr. Injazz J. Chen, Professor
Business Administration: “Understanding Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Taiwan”

Public Health
 * Dr. Steven Fox, Professor
Medical Sciences: “Understanding Taiwan's National Health Insurance Experience: A Wealth of Information for Effectiveness Research and a Source of Perspective for Future Policy”

*Ms. Evelyn Siu, B.A.
Molecular Biology: “The Role of Patients in Medical Decision Making in Taipei Hospitals”

*Ms. Jereen Kwong, B.A.
Molecular Biology: “Integrating Community and Research to Address Hepatitis C Endemic in Taiwan”

*Ms. Lillian Sie, M.P.H.
Epidemiology/Biostatistics: “Effects of Arsenic Exposure on Adverse Birth Outcomes in Lanyang Basin”

*Ms. Erin Shigekawa, B.S.
Health Management & Policy: “The Interplay Between Chronic Kidney Disease, Socioeconomic Status and Obesity in Taiwan”

Arts & Culture
*Dr. Jacob Sudol, Assistant Professor
Music: “Developing Interdisciplinary Creativity in Composition and Music Technology in Taiwan”

*Mr. Joshua Stenberg, Ph.D. Candidate
Chinese Theatre: “Taiwanese Minnan Glove Puppet Theater in Regional Perspective”

*Mr. Simon Levin, Artist
Art: “Discover the Potential of Taiwan Local Pottery Material”

*Dr. Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor
Music: “Sounds of Taipei, a new multi-media work”

*Dr. Mary Stokrocki Vallicella, Professor
Art: Cross-Cultural Explorations in Second Life

*Ms. Carmen Chiu, B.A.
Art Conservation: “The Traditions of Chinese Painting Conservation”

The International Education Administrators (IEA) program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two week grant duration. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

Up to 12 awards (length of grant: 2 weeks) for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in the participation of two-week group seminar with representatives from Taiwan universities, private-sector agencies and organizations, and selected government officials, cultural activities and meetings with Taiwan international professionals.

Applications in international education are strongly preferred. There is no language requirement. Qualifications for applicants are as follows:

  • Senior-level university administrators (directors, deans, vice presidents, provosts and presidents) whose current role includes a substantial (at least 25 percent) responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of campus
  • Study abroad advisors with at least 3 years of experience.
  • Affiliated with a two- or four-year college or university or a non-profit international education exchange organization
  • No significant professional visits to Taiwan in the last two years
  • Institutional interest in increasing the number of Americans studying in Taiwan



For More Information About All The Above Awards:
Please see the CIES website at for the detail which provides general information about awards for Taiwan, as well as application instructions.

Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
1400 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 686-4000



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