Fulbright Program Overview
Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world, offering programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds. These Fulbrighters enrich their educations, advance their careers—and make meaningful contributions abroad and at home. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, or classrooms, they share their stories and often continue the work they started abroad—and join thousands of alumni serving as leaders across the globe.
For more than 70 years, we’ve believed that by living and learning together with people of different cultures, we can shape a more positive vision of our communities and our world. Our mission is vital: to forge lasting connections, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals.
America’s flagship international exchange program, Fulbright, is managed globally in collaboration with 49 unique binational Fulbright Commissions and 100+ U.S. embassies in 160 countries. Through our unique international educational and cultural exchange programs, Fulbright’s diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni, and globe partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, shares knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the world.
One connection at a time, Fulbright brings people closer together and moves nations closer to a more peaceful world.
“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”
— by Senator J. William Fulbright
J. William Fulbright: Scholarships and Soft Power, Forum, BBC
Foundation for Scholarly Exchange
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan), supported by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE), and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is one of the 49 bilateral organizations in the world established specifically to administer the Fulbright educational exchange program. The other 100+ bilateral Fulbright programs are administered by U.S. embassies.
A world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict.
Over the past 60+ years, the Foundation has financed over 1,600 Taiwan grantees to the U.S. and more than 1,700 U.S. grantees to Taiwan. In 1962, the Foundation began the U.S. Education Information Center providing Taiwan students with information about studying in the U.S. Starting in 2003 with 8 teachers, the Foundation began cooperating with Yilan County Government in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) project. Over 15 years, the partnerships have extended to Kaohsiung City, Kinmen County, Taichung City, Taipei City, NTCPA, Taitung County, Hualien County, and Changhua County. In 2020, 132 Fulbright ETAs serve in local schools.
Started in 2014, the Foundation developed its first strategic partners with the private sector and universities. The Formosa Plastics Group instituted a joint scholarship to support Taiwanese Scholars and Professionals in Early Intervention and Geriatric Health Promotion and provided financial support for Taitung ETAs. The Taiwan Cement Corporation joined in 2018 to support the ETA program. New MA and Ph.D. scholarships for Americans were instituted with National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Cheng Kung University, and National Taiwan Normal University.
60 Years of Educational Exchange
In 2017, the Foundation celebrated the 60 Years of Educational Exchange with a Fulbright Thought Leader Forum on the theme of “Leadership Challenge: Equity, Ethics, and Globalization.” In addition, the Ministry of Culture also instituted a joint scholarship to support Taiwanese Professionals in Arts Administration, Policy Research and Development, International Marketing in Art and Culture, and Copyright Policy Studies in Art and Culture. In all, up to 234 awards are now available for U.S. and Taiwan grantees.
Over the past 60 years, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) or Fulbright Taiwan has financed
over 3000 Taiwan and U.S. grantees for educational and cultural exchange.
Refer to Selection & Annual Reports, Facts & Numbers, and Special Projects to learn more about the
continued vibrancy of educational exchange.
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Over the past 60 years, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) or Fulbright Taiwan has financed over 3000 Taiwan and U.S. grantees for educational and cultural exchange.
Refer to Selection & Annual Reports, Facts & Numbers, and Special Projects to learn more about the continued vibrancy of educational exchange.
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1,600 Taiwanese Alumni
The U.S. Education Information Center (USEIC)↗️, located within Fulbright Taiwan is one of the State Department – affiliated EducationUSA advising centers. It was founded in 1962 and, for many years, was the only EducationUSA advising center in Taiwan. The U.S. remains the top destination for Taiwan students studying abroad. Taiwan used to be the number one sending country of international students to the U.S. It remains the number seven top sending country.
EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
EducationUSA advisers and staff work with U.S. higher education professionals to promote international student enrollment.
- Weekly in-house presentation or group advising
- One-on-One Advising by appointment
- Answering phone calls and emails about studying in the U.S.
- Monthly electronic newsletter
- Outreaches to universities and high schools
The Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan (CSAT)↗️ aims to promote academic exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan by introducing American students to Taiwan via the following means:
- Streamlining the administrative process by providing direct contacts and efficient service.
- Matching students’ preferences and the school’s requirements.
- Nurturing future talents with international and Asian experiences.
- Bringing the Fulbright Mission of “a world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict.”
CSAT is managed by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange and is in partnership with the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). CSAT works only with nationally accredited universities in Taiwan and benefits U.S. institutions from the hassles of signing various one-on-one memorandum of understandings (MOUs) with Taiwan institutions by providing a one-stop-shopping model of administrative assistance.
CSAT matches study abroad initiatives with Taiwanese and U.S. institutions for semester and short-term programs to encourage undergraduate American students to pursue non-degree studies in Taiwan.
- Program fees covers tuition, housing and cultural enrichment activities.
- CSAT matches host institutions with English taught programs and internship opportunities according to student’s preferences and requirements from their home institution.
- CSAT facilitates the application, credit pre-approval and enrollment procedures along the way.
- Short term program with a minimum of eight students as a group.
- CSAT designs various programs according to the group’s preference and budget, such as Mandarin classes, field study, educational tours, and additional services.
- CSAT provides logistical support.
Fulbright Campus Advisor Program is a network of Fulbright Taiwan alumni and U.S. grantee hosts who volunteer to promote the Fulbright programs at over 13 universities across Taiwan.
- Provide information about student and faculty Fulbright Scholarships
- Promote the Fulbright Program on campus
- Encourage study abroad & scholarly exchange
Board of Directors
American Institute in Taiwan
U.S. Member, Chair
Public Diplomacy Section, American Institute in Taiwan
Nicole Yen-Yi Lee
Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education
William Joseph Eaton
Department of History, National Chengchi University
Douglas Yu-Tien Hsu
Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Taiwan University
Cultural Affairs Officer
Public Diplomacy Section, American Institute in Taiwan
U.S. Member, Treasurer
Consular Section, American Institute in Taiwan
Worldwide Commercial Operations, Corning Display Technologies
Endowed Chair in Creativity and Professor Emeritus
Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University
Randall L. Nadeau
Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan)
Current Grantee Profiles
Fulbrighter: A global community
Fulbrighter is the exclusive online networking platform where members can connect, network, engage and collaborate with the global community of Fulbright alumni and grantees. Launched in August 2019, it already has 11,000+ registered Fulbrighters.