AWARDS TO TAIWAN
NCCU Master’s Degree Program Award in Asia-Pacific Studies
The partner universities offer the opportunities for U.S. students to apply for scholarships that will enable them to continue full-time studies in Taiwan beyond the Fulbright award. The award is initially granted for 12 months, and renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee’s academic success. The award provides recipients with full tuition support and student dormitory at the co-sponsored universities. Programs are taught in English. The award must begin no earlier than September 1, 2024 and end no later than August 31, 2025.
This award is available to pursue a full-time Master’s degree in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) at National Chengchi University (NCCU). The program is taught in English.
NCCU is a leading university in Taiwan, especially in the fields of humanities, social sciences, management, politics, and international affairs, and provides a top international environment to foreign students. NCCU has also been selected as an “Aim for the Top University Project” sponsored school of the Ministry of Education and ranks high in the QS World Universities rankings.
The International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) is Taiwan’s first English-taught master’s program in Asia-Pacific Studies. The majority of IMAS courses focus on either Taiwan or mainland China and fall under one of three disciplinary tracks: political economy, socio-cultural studies, or cross-strait/international relations. Students can take at most 9 credits outside of the IMAS program. All students will complete a thesis in their final year.
The award is co-sponsored by National Chengchi University. This program will take 2 years to earn a master’s degree, and NCCU offers full tuition waivers and student dormitory as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards.
- Total Monthly Payment: NT$25,000
Base Stipend: NT$18,000
Living Allowance: NT$7,000
- Settling-in & Baggage Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$36,000
- Tuition Waiver (provided by the University: tuition waiver for the number of credits required for graduation are granted to graduate students.)
- Student Dormitory (provided by the university)
- Round-trip Air Ticket
- National Health Insurance
Critical Language Enhancement Award
The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research/study grants. The award provides tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host countries.
Application for CLEA is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application. However, being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant does not guarantee receipt of CLEA since review of each award is conducted separately and is contingent upon several factors. In Taiwan, only degree-seeking students pursuing Master’s studies will be eligible for CLEA. For additional information and requirements on the award, please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.
Prior Language Study
Prior language study is not required.
Dates and Timing
16 weeks, concurrent with academic studies during the first semester. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive by the end of August to begin intensive language studies with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA language classes will take place through an exclusive, close partnership with FSE-approved language tutors. All instructors are well-trained in TCSL pedagogy, and they offer all levels of language instruction from beginner to advanced.
Applicants are eligible who:
- Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree.
- Have strong academic credentials in an academic field of specialization.
- Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions
Applicants are Ineligible who:
- Currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2023-2024 academic year) will not be considered.
- Has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding. An applicant who has lived outside the United States for nine months or more during the calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year.
- Have dual U.S.-Taiwan nationality or permanent residency.
Graduate Degree Enrollment
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start No letter of affiliation is required upon application. Candidates must be accepted by both the Fulbright commission in Taiwan and the university program.
Applicants must also be accepted by the university
A separate application to the university is required. Applicants not only have to apply to the Fulbright award, but also MUST be accepted by the university. PLEASE look up and respect the program application deadline at the university.
Once a Fulbright finalist gains admission to a master’s degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the commission.
Apply online no later than October 10, 2023. For more application information, please see the IIE website for details which provides general information about awards for Taiwan, as well as application instructions.
Learn More About the Process
Submit the following all required application components for the 2024-2025 U.S. Student Program by the application deadline: October 10, 2023.
- Statement of Grant Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Three letters of recommendation
Please refer to the Application Components section for details of application requirements.
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.
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.
Fulbright US Students applicants should contact: FBstudent.EAP@iie.org
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.
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
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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A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is useful, but not required. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged. Also, a good capacity for studying and living in a cross-cultural setting is necessary.
Candidates must also be accepted by the university. A separate application to the university is required. Applicants not only have to apply to the Fulbright award, but also MUST also be accepted by the university. Please look up and respect the program application deadline at the university.
- American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
- The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
- The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Ministry of Education (MOE)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
- TECRO in the USA
- Ministry of Culture (MOC), Taiwan
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
- Fulbright Campus Advisor (FCA) Program