Awards to Taiwan

Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Description and Purpose

  1. To provide U.S. faculty and professionals, who are no more than three years beyond the completion of their doctorate at the time of application, with opportunities to conduct postdoctoral research in all appropriate academic disciplines
  2. To collaborate with Taiwanese academic and research institutions


Up to 2 awards




6 to 10 months


September 15, 2023


  • Agriculture
  • American History
  • American Literature
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies, non- U.S.
  • Arts
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History, non-U.S.
  • Journalism
  • Literature, non-U.S.
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Drama/Theater
  • Urban Planning
  • 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
  • Tourism


  1. Base Stipend: NT$30,000
  2. Living Allowance: NT$27,000 – NT$39,000*
  3. Partial Housing Allowance: NT$15,000 – NT$21,000**
  4. Settling-in & Baggage Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$36,000
  5. Book and Research Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$15,000
  6. Round-trip Air Ticket
  7. National Health Insurance

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits.

An additional NT$6,000 (US$214) for accompanying spouse and NT$6,000 (US$214) per accompanying child, up to two
**Housing allowance of NT$15,000 (US$535) per month for the grantee including accompanying spouse; if the number of accompanying dependents is two or more people, the housing allowance is NT$21,000 (US$750)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  1. Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  2. Apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. 
  3. Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s depending on the field such as M.F.A., J.D., or M.D.). For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments such as artists, musicians, museum personnel, writers, journalists, and other professionals.
  4. May be academics or professionals. The time of application must be within three years upon the completion of terminal degree, research publications or creative portfolio published within this period are also required. Exceptions may be made for applications in professional fields or the arts where other bodies of work may qualify. 
  5. Without Chinese language proficiency, the feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal. Completion of the language proficiency report(s) depends upon the research needs.
  6. The duration of grants ranges from 6 to 10 months. The grants must begin no earlier than August 1, 2023. They must end no later than September 30, 2024.
  7. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions

Applicants are Ineligible who:

  1. Currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2022-2023 academic year) will not be considered. 
  2. Has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding. An applicant who has lived outside the United States for nine months or more during the calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year. 


Apply online no later than September 15, 2023. Please visit Fulbright Scholar Program for more general information about awards to Taiwan as well as application instructions.

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than September 15, 2023. Please visit Fulbright Scholar Program for more general information about awards to Taiwan as well as application instructions.


Please submit the following all required application components to the IIE website:

  • Project Statement
  • Tailored Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio: For applicants in the creative/performing arts, including: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Design and Crafts, Filmmaking, Journalism, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts
  • Letter of Invitation
  • Bibliography
  • Syllabi/Course Outlines


Completion of Application Procedures.

If there are any questions with regard to the Fulbright Scholar Program, please direct your inquiry to


The application for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards starts in early February and closes in mid-September every year. For more details about applicants’ criteria, application deadlines, application guidelines, grant benefits, etc., please visit the CIES’s website.

Fulbright “students” are participants in the Fulbright Student Program, which enables graduating college seniors, graduate students, early career professionals and artists to study, teach, or conduct research. Generally those who apply as an English Teaching Assistant are recent bachelor’s or master’s degree holders. A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is generally required by the start of the Fulbright grant period. Some exceptions may apply, especially for artists.

Fulbright “scholars” are participants in the Fulbright Scholar Program, which enables college and university faculty members with a Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) to teach and/or conduct research. The Fulbright Scholar Program is also open to artists and professionals. A small number of grants are also offered annually to U.S. international education administrators through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for applicants.

No, you cannot defer your Fulbright award.

No. Previously unsuccessful applicants are strongly encouraged to re-submit.

Yes. You can travel outside Taiwan for a maximum of two weeks (14 days), excluding weekends, based on a 10 to 12-month grant period. The actual maximum # of days is calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the approved grant period.

For all trips outside of Taiwan during the grant period, prior approval is required from FSE. Before out-of-the-country travel, the grantee must submit a request at least two weeks in advance and receive approval from FSE. In addition, host institutions/professionals must also agree to grantee travel plans and to release grantees. Trips outside Taiwan cannot occur during the first or the last month of the grant period.

Fulbright Taiwan will provide you with detailed information, required documents, and visa cable number provided from MOFA on the process once you are selected as a grantee. Please see the website for details.

U.S. grantees who are in Taiwan with a resident visa are eligible for Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI). FSE pays the NHI cost for grantees. Also, all U.S. Grantees are offered an additional group insurance coverage for emergency/accident treatment at FSE’s expense. The group insurance helps strengthen compensation packages. The goal of a group insurance plan is to provide some basic additional insurance protection if something unexpected happens. Nevertheless, all U.S. grantees are still encouraged to retain their own health insurance.

Selection Procedure

Early November

Regional Peer Review (First Run Selection) 

Reviewers screen applications based on a comprehensive match to each award and recommend candidates for further consideration. Regional reviewers evaluate and rate applicants within each award. Regional reviewers consider criteria, award requirements, regional fit, language requirements, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) policy, and cultural adaptability and sensitivity. After this stage, all applicants are notified by IIE of their review status (recommended or not recommended). Recommended applicants are then sent forward for review abroad and to the FFSB.


Recommended Applications from the IIE Received

Recommended applicants are received from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Early December

Review in Host Country/Countries (Second Run Selection) 

A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines, board members, and staff) reviews all documents and research proposals and recommends a slate for final selection by Fulbright Taiwan’s Board.


Submit the Nominee List

Provide the selected applicants (nominee/non-nominees list) to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) after the board meeting.

February of grant year

Final Approval from FFSB

Review and official selection of recommended candidates for Fulbright grants by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Selected applicants receive a letter from the FFSB chair as official notice of selection for a U.S. Fulbright Scholar award. Alternates and applicants not selected will receive a letter regarding status from IIE.

Final approval is then normally received by Fulbright Taiwan in April. Then, Fulbright Taiwan will contact the grantees and send them the grant packets.

Note:  All Taiwan grantees must hold a J-type visa to enter Taiwan for educational and cultural exchange programs

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Special Projects

Additional depth and breadth are encouraged in seven general project areas, please see the special projects accomplished by former grantees.

  • Indigenous People Initiative
  • Pacific Coral Holistic Project
  • Tomorrow’s Rivers Initiative
  • English Education Project
  • Cross-strait Studies
  • Public Health Research
  • Arts & Culture

More Information

For more information, please visit the East Asia and the Pacific regional webpage and view the schedule of upcoming webinars.


East Asia and the Pacific Team