Awards to the U.S.

Experience America Research Award

Description and Purpose

This award is designed for people who received their doctoral degrees from Taiwan or other non-English speaking countries. The award provides an opportunity for scholars to conduct research and establish scholarly contacts in the U.S. academic world in all academic fields: applied policy/social sciences, arts, business, culture, education, humanities, information, media, and social sciences.


Up to 3 awards




3 to 10 months


October 31, 2024


  • Social Science & Education
  • Business and Applied Social Science
  • Information, Media and Humanities
  • Arts & Culture


  1. A fixed sum from US$9,600 to US$32,000, prorated over the grant period.
  2. A research allowance of US$3,000
  3. Possible placement services by IIE; the service will be based on the research project itself
  4. Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  1. Have received a doctoral degree from Taiwan or other non-English speaking countries.
  2. Are affiliated full time with an organization in Taiwan for at least 1 year by starting the grant.
  3. Are recommended by the highest chief administrator of the home institution. (File the Leave Approval Form, the last page of the application instruction in the application system.
  4. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions (Eligibility & Visa)

Applicants are Ineligible who:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
  2. Have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past 2 years. They cannot be issued another J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar.

Other Requirements:

  1. The duration of grants ranges from 3 to 10 months, though the visa sponsorship could be extended to 12 months. The grants must begin no earlier than August 1, 2025. They must end no later than August 31, 2026. The grant should not be used for different stages.
  2. During the grant period, the grantee must submit a research or reflections article to FSE’s Online Journal Research & Reflections

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than October 31, 2024. For application information, please refer to: Application Instruction (PDF)


Submit the hard copy of the following required documents to Fulbright Taiwan. (postmarked no later than October 31, 2024)

  • Hard copies of your completed on-line application form (filled in English, including application form, project statement, English CV, highest chief administrator approval form, financial statement of other
    grants/ scholarships which will be used in the same period of Fulbright grant, and passport copy)
  • Chinese CV (the translation version of your English CV with your cell phone number and mailing address. We’ll deliver the notification letter via post mail after the nomination list is confirmed.)
  • 3 English recommendation letters (if your referees do not want to complete recommendation letters online)

The mailing address is:

Foundation for Scholarly Exchange
2nd Fl., 45, Yanping S. Rd., Taipei 100011, Taiwan
Attn. Fulbright Exchange Program (Experience America)


The application process has been completed! Wait for the notification letter!


Applicants are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS score reports if they will not take courses in universities. English proficiency statements such as TOEIC, GEPT, etc., or certificate of degree received from foreign universities are acceptable.

Invitation letter is preferred, but not required. It’ll enhance your application if you have. If FSE has not received invitation letters from applicants (issued by the host institutions) six months prior to the start of the grant, applicants need to provide a preference list for IIE to start the placement work.

FSE is in charge of documents required for visa application, including DS-2019, visa fee waiver, and the administrative procedures of visa application. It is not the host institution’s responsibility to issue DS-2019s to Fulbright grantees.

The policies regarding visa, documents and fee waiver are also applicable to grantees’ dependents (i.e. non-U.S.-citizen spouse and children under 21).

1) During the grant period, grantees have to submit at least one research result/reflections report to FSE’s Online Journal (in Chinese or English)

2) After completion of your grant in the United States, you should return to Taiwan for at least two years before being eligible to apply for temporary worker (H), intracompany transferee (L), fiancé (K) visa, or immigrant visa/lawful permanent resident status (LPR), so called Two-Year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Within the two-year period, the grantees are allowed to apply for tourist visa, student visa, and other non-immigrant- non-employment visa to attend conferences, travel or study in the U.S. This Requirement applies to J-2 dependents as well.

October 31, 2024——Deadline of application

Early December, 2024——A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines and Board members) reviews all documents and research proposals.

Late December, 2024—— The Selection Committee recommends a nominee list to FSE’s Board. Applicants are notified by our Foundation of nomination/non-nomination after the Board meeting.

March, 2025——Final approval is released from FFSB to our Foundation.

May, 2025——Pre-Departure Orientation

August, 2025——Grant starts (the grant start date is flexible but it should be between August 1, 2025 to May 31, 2026, and ends no later than August 31, 2026)

Selection Procedure


In early December, 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 the Board of Fulbright Taiwan.


Applicants are notified by Fulbright Taiwan of nomination/non-nomination after the Board meeting. Their nomination is also sent to J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

The grant is then subject to:

  1. Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)
  2. Acceptance of the candidate’s research proposal by a U.S. institution

March of the grant year

Final approval is then normally received by Fulbright Taiwan in March and conveyed to grantees as soon as received.

Note: All Taiwan grantees traveling to the U.S. must hold a J-type visa for academic and cultural exchange programs.

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