Awards to Taiwan

FSE Mental Health Advisor Award

Description and Purpose

The FSE Mental Health Advisor provides multi-culturally attuned clinical counseling services (i.e., therapy, assessment, crisis management, consultation, and outreach) to support the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) and Fulbright Fellows in Taiwan. In addition to having a general expert knowledge of mental health and psychological functioning, the ideal candidate is expected to have specialized training in multicultural psychology and experience and proficiency in addressing issues of culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, and other aspects of identity within the context of psychotherapy and counseling for young adults.

The duration of the grant is normally for 11 months beginning after July 15th, 2020 and before July 25th, 2020. With Selection Committee approval, renewal for a second and final 11 months may be considered.


1 award




11 months


March 31, 2020

Responsibilities & Expectations

The FSE Staff Counselor/Psychologist will:

  1. Conduct workshops on acculturation, diversity, and emotional well-being for ETAs during orientation in August, Mid-Year      Conference, and other ETA gatherings.
  2. Provide workshops for FSE staff, local Taiwanese teachers about diversity and cultural awareness.
  3. Provide short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and case management.
  4. Maintain a multicultural perspective and sensitivity throughout all levels of their work.
  5. Use clinical assessments as applicable to formulate diagnostic impressions and to track students’ symptoms and progress in      treatment.
  6. Determine, with supervisor, those ETAs requiring a higher level of care and/or referrals and assist ETAs in connecting with referrals      as needed.
  7. Maintain timely and comprehensive counseling records.
  8. Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.
  9. Locations of Travel: Yunlin, Changhua, Hualien, Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Taichung, Taipei, Taitung, Yilan


  1. Monthly stipend of NT$60,000–$80,000 (depending on the degree and qualifications of the grantee) (this stipend is equivalent to the salary of an assistant professor in Taiwan; living costs in Taiwan are 60-70% lower than living costs in the US)
  2. Round-trip airfare between Taiwan and current residence
  3. Supervision: up to 50 hours clinical supervision by a licensed psychologist or social worker (pending institutional accreditation)
  4. Settling allowance of NT$36,000 upon arrival
  5. National Health Insurance
  6. Travel reimbursement for transportation costs incurred in traveling between locations; hotel reimbursement up to NT$2,500 per night for to business travel

The grant experience offers opportunities to work with racially, ethnically, gender and sexually diverse clients who are serving as Fulbright ETAs in ten cities and counties in Taiwan. Recipients have many opportunities to travel around Taiwan, to visit major cities and see beautiful remote areas, including the aboriginal tribes. (*The permanent office venue will be based in Taipei)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants with a Master’s degree and counseling experience are eligible who:

  1. Hold official citizenship from Taiwan or from a native English-speaking country or English-as-an-official-language country.
  2. Are a native English speaker or are fluent in English.
  3. Have earned an advanced degree in clinical or counseling psychology (i.e., MA/MEd in Counseling, Counselor Education, or Social Work, or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution.
  4. Have experience working with students in a college/university counseling center or similar setting.
  5. Have training and experience with gender-diverse, LGBTQ, and racially and ethnically diverse clients with a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity.

Applicants with a Ph.D. degree are eligible who:

  1. Hold official citizenship from Taiwan or a native English-speaking country or English-as-an-official- language country
  2. Have completed an APA-accredited internship

Licensed counseling psychologists who:

  1. Hold official citizenship from Taiwan or a native English-speaking country or English-as-an-official- language country

Note: While a background in Mandarin is useful, it is not necessary for the position.

More Information Below

Application Procedure


Interested candidates should submit the following required documents to the Foundation of Scholarly Exchange through email, dated no later than March 31, 2020.


  1. A statement of purpose in English for counseling in a multi-cultural environment
  2. English CV (with your cell phone number or easy-to-be contacted number) and email address.
  3. Two English or Chinese recommendation letters
    –  For the junior licensed psychologist, please provide at least one letter from the supervisor of the internship site
    – For the senior licensed psychologist, please provide at least one letter from the superior of your current position
  4. Academic Transcripts
  5. Degree Certification
  6. Copy of R.O.C. ID card or the copy of passport of other English speaking countries

E-mail to Ms. Ariel Peng at


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Ms. Ariel Peng
Tel: 886-2-2388-2100#192
Fax: 886-2-2388-2855