Awards to Taiwan

Debate Coach/Trainer Award

Description and Purpose

The Fulbright Debate Coach/Trainer Award offers American debate coaches/trainers who wish to help coach and organize debate programs in Taiwan.


They will help cultivate American-style debate skills and create a vibrant community to compete in Taiwan NSDA/TOC Tournaments.

  1. Participation in English debate sets a standard for the whole school, is an excellent mechanism to promote English education, and will help Taiwan become a bilingual nation.
  2. Spreading American-style debate about relevant and contemporary issues increases awareness of domestic and foreign policy questions facing both societies.
  3. Debate competitions increase enrollment in U.S. universities, cultivate shared democratic values, and increase travel to the United States for debate competitions.

The American-trained debaters will help interested Taiwanese schools develop competitive debate programs. The grant period is eleven months and must begin on September 1, 2024 and end on July 31, 2025.


Up to 2 awards




11 months


October 10, 2023


  1. Total Monthly Payment: NT$50,000
    – Base Stipend: NT22,000
    – Living Allowance: NT$15,000
    – Partial Housing Allowance: NT$10,000
    – Incidental Allowance: NT$3,000
  2. Settling-in & Baggage Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$36,000
  3. Round-trip Air Ticket
  4. National Health Insurance

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  1. Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  2. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. 
  3. Are native English speakers.
  4. Are experienced debate coaching/teaching in a high performing school preferred, but not required.
  5. Have 3+ years of experience in nationally competitive debate.
  6. Have the ability to teach public forum and policy debate.
  7. Have cross-cultural experience, but not required.
  8. Have strong interpersonal skills.
  9. Have two years of teaching experience in debating teams preferred.
  10. Are American professional debaters who are interested in coaching and preparing for tournaments, coordinating a team of debaters, and coaching throughout the entire school year.
  11. 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. A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application
  3. Have dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency.

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than October 10, 2023 For more application information, please see the Fulbright U.S. Student Program 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 2024-2025 U.S. Student Program by the application deadline: October 10, 2023.

  1. Statement of Grant Purpose
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation 
  4. Transcripts

Please refer to the Application Components section for details of application requirements


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

Application FAQ

The application for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards opens in early April and closes in early October every year. For more details about application criteria, application deadlines, application guidelines, grant benefits, etc., please visit IIE’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. 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.

Contact a Fulbright Program Advisor on your campus or visit the Fulbright Student Program website for application information. The application cycle opens in the first week of April each year.

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required usually. In general, GPA is not the deciding factor. Reviewers look for cogent and feasible projects, well-written proposals, and candidates who demonstrate in their proposals that they understand the purpose of Fulbright.

We recommend that you allow a minimum of 4-6 month’s preparation. Start early! Also, if you plan to start your Fulbright student program immediately following graduation, prepare your application in your junior year and submit at the beginning of your senior year. 

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required usually. In general, GPA is not the deciding factor. Reviewers look for cogent and feasible projects, well-written proposals, and candidates who demonstrate in their proposals that they understand the purpose of Fulbright.

Click here to view the Online Application Portal and Application Period for the Master’s Degree Program Award. 

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. In addition, host institutions/professionals must also agree to grantee travel plans 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 to 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 January

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.

End of January

Recommended Applications from the IIE Received

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


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.

End of February

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.

April of the 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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Additional Comments

Applicants are welcome in all fields of study, especially in political science, law, international relations, and language arts (including communications, rhetoric, and argumentation). 

All coach/trainers must remain for the entire teaching semesters, organize a debate camp in the summer for interested students, help coach and build up debate program at Taiwan’s top school, develop a local debate circuit and run and judge local tournaments, travel with teams to tournaments, generate and research arguments within a group setting, work with other teachers to further develop the debate program.


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