Awards to the U.S.

Fulbright-Formosa Plastics Group Scholarship (Professionals)

Description and Purpose

Up to 1 Fulbright partial grant for non-academic professionals is offered to mid-career professionals working in government or private organizations in Early Intervention or Geriatric Health Promotion who wish to take part in a learning project. The purpose is to enhance their professional expertise through visits, observations, formal study (non-degree), or participation in training sessions in the United States for 3 months to 10 months.

GRANTS

1 award

ACTIVITY

Research

LENGTH

3 to 10 months

DEADLINE

October 31, 2020

Fields

  • Early Intervention
  • Geriatric Health Promotion

Benefits

  1. A fixed sum from US$3,600 to US$12,000, paid in US dollars and prorated over the grant period
  2. Research allowance US$3,000
  3. Possible placement services by IIE

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are who:

  1. Senior employee (level 9+ in government service) of private or public organizations.
  2. Responsibilities related to the proposed project for at least 5 years
  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. Sufficient English proficiency for successful completion of grant activity. (if the applicant plans to take a course in a university, an iBT score report of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5 should be submitted; if the applicant plans to do some research, English proficiency certificate is still required and standardized tests such as iBT, IELTS, TOEIC or GEPT are recommended)
  5. Sufficient of financial support for the visit plan (including tuition, travel expenses and roughly monthly expenses $1,500). Applicants have to provide evidence of financial support from personal savings and/or institutional contributions to cover remaining expenses for the duration of the proposed study/ research.
  6. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions

Applicants are who:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
  2. Have returned to Taiwan from the U.S. less than 3 years from the time of application.
  3. 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. Candidates are not permitted to pursue degree study during the grant period.
  2. The duration of grants ranges from 3 to 10 months. The grants must begin no earlier than August 1, 2021. They must end no later than August 31, 2022. The grant should not be used for different stages.

Note: During the grant period, grantee must submit a research/ reflections report to FSE Online Journal Research & Reflections.

Application Procedure

1

Apply online no later than October 31, 2020. For application information, please refer to: Application Instruction (PDF)

2

Submit the hard copy of the following required documents to Fulbright Taiwan. (postmarked no later than October 31, 2020)

  • 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 10043, Taiwan
Attn. Fulbright Exchange Program (Fulbright- Formosa Plastics Group Scholarship (Professional))

3

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

FAQ

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, 2019——Deadline of application

Early December, 2019——A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines and Board members) reviews all documents and research proposals.

Late December, 2019—— 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, 2020——Final approval is released from FFSB to our Foundation.

May, 2020——Pre-Departure Orientation

August, 2020——Grant starts (the grant start date is flexible but no later than June 1, 2021)

Selection Procedure

Early December

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.

End of December

Applicants are notified by Fulbright Taiwan of nomination/non-nomination by the end of December 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

April of the grant year

Final approval is then normally received by Fulbright Taiwan in April 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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Contact

Ms. Edith Wang
Email: fse@fulbright.org.tw
Tel: 02-2388-2100 ext. 143