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Description and Purpose

The Master Degree Program Grant has four goals:

  1. Allow for individual graduate study in a specialized field after finishing a bachelor’s degree program
  2. Provide support for study in a single country
  3. Facilitate cultural exchange
  4. Promote mutual understanding


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 grant is initially awarded for 12 months, and renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee’s academic success. The grant provides recipients with full tuition support and student dormitory at the co-sponsored universities. Programs are taught in English. The grant must begin no earlier than September 1, 2021 and end no later than August 31, 2022.


Up to 2 awards




12 months


October 13, 2020

School Profile

National Cheng Kung University Award in Creative Industries Design or Energy Engineering

National ChengKung University (NCKU) is an international top-tier university selected for distinction by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan, with a high reputation in science, engineering, medicine, management planning and design. NCKU has ranked first in terms of active involvement with academia-industry collaboration nationwide. Also, according to The Time Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, NCKU ranked in the top 1% in the university-industry cooperation indicator, showing that the school’s reputation of university-industry cooperation was internationally validated. The award is co-sponsored by the National Cheng Kung University.


  1. Total Monthly Payment: NT$25,000
    Base Stipend: NT$18,000
    Living Allowance: NT$7,000
  2. Settling-in & Baggage Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$36,000
  3. Tuition Waiver (provided by the University: tuition waiver for the number of credits required for graduation are granted to graduate students.)
  4. Student Dormitory (provided by the university)
  5. Round-trip Air Ticket
  6. National Health Insurance

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are

  1. Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree. 
  3. Have strong academic credentials in an academic field of specialization.
  4. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions

Applicants are

  1. Currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered. 
  2. Had substantial recent experience in Taiwan as study, teaching, research, or employment for a period aggregating more than an academic year (nine months) during the past five years.  
  3. Has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding, the date of application.
  4. Have dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency.

Learn More About the Process

Application Procedure

Application FAQ

Selection Procedure

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than October 13, 2020. For more application information, please see the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for details which provides general information about awards for Taiwan, as well as application instructions.


Submit the following all required application components for the 2021-2022 U.S. Student Program by the application deadline: October 13, 2020.

  1. Statement of Grant Purpose
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Affiliation Letter 
  4. Three letters of recommendation 
  5. Transcripts
  6. Portfolio: For applicants in the creative/performing arts, including: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Design and Crafts, Filmmaking, Journalism, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts

Please refer to the Application Components section for details of application requirements


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If there are any questions with regard to the Fulbright Student Program, please direct your inquiry to:

Application FAQ

1. When is the deadline of online application for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

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.

2. What is the difference between Fulbright “students” and Fulbright “scholars” in the Fulbright Program?

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.

3. Is there an age limit for applicants?

The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for applicants.

4. How should I begin my application for the Fulbright Student Program?

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.

5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for a Fulbright applicant?

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.

6. How much time does it take to prepare a Fulbright application?

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. 

5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for a Fulbright applicant?

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.

7. Who should I contact for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, if I have questions about application procedures or when I encounter difficulties when filling out the online application?

Fulbright US Scholars applicants should contact:

8. Can I defer my Fulbright award?

No, you cannot defer your Fulbright award.

9. Are unsuccessful applicants precluded from submitting Fulbright applications in the future?

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

10. Can I travel outside Taiwan during the period of my Fulbright grant?

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.

11. How can I apply for the visa?

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.

12. Does the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and Student Program in Taiwan provide health insurance that will cover me if I become ill or injured in Taiwan?

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.

Selection Procedure

Early January

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

Recommended Applications from the IIE Received

Recommended applicants are received from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Middle February

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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Additional Comments

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.

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