Awards to the U.S.

Non-Academic Professional Grants

Description and Purpose

Up to 8 Fulbright partial grants for non-academic professionals are offered to mid-career professionals working in government or private organizations 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 to 10 months.

GRANTS

Up to 7 awards

ACTIVITY

Research

LENGTH

from 3 to 10 months

DEADLINE

October 31, 2020

Fields

  1. Arts
    Creative Writing
    Performing Arts
    Visual Arts
  1. Education
    American, Chinese, or Taiwanese Studies
    International Exchange
    International Education
    TEFL
    TCSL
  1. Journalism & Media
  1. Management
    Cultural Centers
    Entrepreneurial
    Minority Affairs
    Non-profit Organizations
    Theater/Arts
  1. Public Policy
    Cultural CentersEntrepreneurial
    Minority Affairs
    Non-profit Organizations
    Theater/Arts
  1. Services
    Community
    Human
    Legal
  1. MOC (Ministry of Culture) Category
    Arts Administration
    Policy Research and Development
    International Marketing (in Art and Culture)
    Copyright Policy Studies (in Art and Culture)

Benefits

Up to 7 awards, including 3 awards for MOC category
  1. A fixed sum from US$4,800 to US$16,000, prorated over the grant period. The fixed sum for MOC category is US$4,800 for 3 months.
  2. Research allowance US$3,000
  3. Travel allowance: a round-trip, direct flight, economy-class air ticket (up to NT$60,000), and a baggage allowance of NT$20,000
  4. Possible placement services by IIE

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are who:

  1. Senior employees (level 9+ in government service) currently affiliated with private or public organizations, or senior independent artists or literary and historical workers.
  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 final page of the application instruction in the application system.If applicants are independent artists or literary and historical workers, applicants have to ask related art or history institution administrators (e.g. Chair of department of fine arts/ history, Director of the art museum).
  4. Sufficient English proficiency for successful completion of grant activity. If the applicant plans to take courses in a university, an iBT score report of 80 or IELTS score report of 6.5 should be submitted. If the applicant plans to do 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. The duration of grants ranges from 3 to 10 months (MOC category is for 3 months only). 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 in different stages.
  7. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions (Eligibility & Visa)

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.
  4. Candidates are not permitted to pursue degree study during the grant period.
  5. The duration of grants ranges from 3 to 10 months (MOC category is for 3 months only). 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 in different stages.

Note: During the grant period, the grantee must submit a research or reflections article to FSE’s 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 (Non-Academic Professional Grants)
p.s. If you are applying for the MOC category, please be noted to mark Fulbright Exchange Program (Non-Academic (MOC)) on the envelope.

3

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

FAQ

– Senior employees (level 9+ in government service) currently affiliated with private or public organizations, or senior independent artists or literary and historical workers

– Responsibilities related to the proposed project has to be for at least 5 years (accumulative)

Applicants are not required to submit TOFEL or IELETS score reports if they will not take course 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, the applicants need to specify their preferred institutions for the Selection Committee’s reference. At least 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 our Foundation has not received invitation letters from applicants (issued by the host institutions) six months before the grant start date, applicants need to provide a preference list for IIE to start the placement work.

Our Foundation is in charge of documents required for visa application, including DS-2019, visa fee waiver, and the administrative procedures of visa application. It’s not the host institutions 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) In the grant period, grantees have to submit at least one research result/reflections report to FSE 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.

Please refer to the selection report on the website.

October 31, 2020——Deadline of application 

Early December, 2020——A Selection Committee (professional 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)

 

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