FAQ

Scholars & Professionals to the U.S.

Applicants are not required to submit TOFEL 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.

The application results will not be affected if the applicants do not submit invitations in the application process. However, applicants need to specify their preferred institutions for the Selection Committee’s reference. After  receiving notification letters in December, nominees should start to communicate with the potential host institutions and negotiate with them based on their academic needs. 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, 2020——Deadline of application

Early December, 2020——A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines and Board members) reviews all documents and research proposals.

Late December, 2020—— 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, 2021——Final approval is released from FFSB to our Foundation.

May, 2021——Pre-Departure Orientation

August, 2021——Grant starts (the grant start date is flexible but no later than June 1, 2022)

Fellows/Students to the U.S.

Applicants are not required to submit TOFEL 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.

The application results will not be affected if the applicants do not submit invitations in the application process. However, applicants need to specify their preferred institutions for the Selection Committee’s reference. After  receiving notification letters in December, nominees should start to communicate with the potential host institutions and negotiate with them based on their academic needs. 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, 2020——Deadline of application

Early December, 2020——A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines and Board members) reviews all documents and research proposals.

Late December, 2020—— 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, 2021——Final approval is released from FFSB to our Foundation.

May, 2021——Pre-Departure Orientation

August, 2021——Grant starts (the grant start date is flexible but no later than June 1, 2022)

Scholars & Professionals to Taiwan

Ans: 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.

Ans: 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.

Ans: The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for applicants.

Ans: Fulbright US Student Research and ETA applicants should contact: FBstudent.EAP@iie.org

Fulbright U.S. International Education Administrator (IEA) Program applications should contact: IEA@iie.org (IEA only)

 Ans : No, you cannot defer your Fulbright award.

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

Ans: 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.

Ans: 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.

Ans: 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.

Fellows/Students to Taiwan

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 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.

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.