Awards to Taiwan

Cross-Strait Studies Research Program

The application for Fulbright Cross-Strait Studies Awards has been temporarily suspended for the academic year 2022-2023.

Description and Purpose

The Grants have two goals:

  1. To provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to conduct research in their area of specialization on an issue concerning the relationship between China and Taiwan.
  2. To develop lasting professional contacts at Taiwanese institutions. Project should focus on contemporary topics. Scholars spend a portion of their grant period in Taiwan and a portion in China. No more than 60% of the grant period should be spent in one or the other location.


Up to 2 awards




5 to 10 months


September 15, 2020


  • Area Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Comparative politics
  • Dispute settlement
  • Diplomacy
  • Environmental studies
  • Free trade agreement and regional economic integration
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Negotiation
  • Public policy
  • Regional security


  1. Research Monthly Stipend and Allowances: US$6,370 – US$6,770
  2. Travel and Relocation Allowance: US$4050 – US$9,550
  3. Book and Research Allowance US$1,000 – US$2,000 research allowance based on grant length
  4. Dependent Tuition Allowance: Up to $10,000 per child per semester*
  5. National Health Insurance

*Dependent tuition allowance for accompanying dependents(up to two) in grades K-12, upon submission of receipts. Maximum of $40,000 per family for a 10-month grant. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and eligible fees only

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. Applicants must be at least three years beyond the completion of their terminal degree at the time of application and have research publications or produced a creative portfolio in the last three years. 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. Project should focus on contemporary topics. Scholars spend a portion of their grant period in Taiwan and a portion in China. No more than 60% of the grant period should be spent in one or the other location. Scholars must begin the grant in Taiwan. Additional short-term travel to Hong Kong may also be proposed. The length of the grant is from 5 months to 10 months and the award may start any time between August 1, 2021, and May 1, 2022, but must be completed before September 30, 2022.
  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 2020-2021 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.

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than September 15, 2020. For more application information, please see the CIES website for details which provides general information about awards for Taiwan, as well as application instructions.


Submit the following all required application components for the 2021-2022 U.S. Scholar Program by the application deadline: Monday, September 16, 2020.

More details about application


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The application for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards is 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

Please request your preferred American scholars to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards. If you find an appropriate American Scholars, you can ask them to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards. If you find appropriate American Scholars, you can ask them to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards.

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.

  1. 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.

Middle November

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.

Middle December

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 our East Asia and the Pacific regional webpage and view our schedule of upcoming webinars.


East Asia and the Pacific Team