Awards to Taiwan

NTNU Master’s Degree Program Grants

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. The programs is taught in English. The grant must begin no earlier than September 1, 2022 and end no later than August 31, 2023.


1 award




12 months


October 12, 2021

School Profile

National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) has been recognized as one of the top 12 universities in Taiwan due to its leading research in the fields of education, arts and humanities, social science, sports, recreation, and Chinese language teaching. NTNU excels in internationalization and is a pioneer in international research in learning sciences. Also, it is one of the largest and best internationally known language institutes for the study of modern and classical Chinese.

The program will take 2 years to earn a master’s degree, and NTNU offers full tuition waivers and student dormitory as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards.

The International Human Resource Development (IHRD) program at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is an English-taught, MBA-degreed program with the following features: 

  1. International and cross-cultural environment. IHRD students came from all five continents. The recently enrolled are from Belize, Belgium, Denmark, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the U.S., and Vietnam. By being immersed in an environment of such diverse cultures, students have the opportunity to study and live in a truly international environment and learn cross-cultural communication skills through experience. 
  1. Versatile career prospects. As the world now recognizes the importance of human capital and talent management, the IHRD program is great for those who work or will like to work as policy makers in labor, training, and education-related segments in the government, or as human resource professionals in the personnel/HR office of any organizations. After graduation, students can pursue managerial/specialist positions at corporations, provide HR consulting services, manage career and training centers, or start own business. Many IHRD alumni now work as high-ranking government officials or as managers in well-known companies such as Asus, HTC, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Wistron Corporation, Citi Bank, Cathay United Bank, etc. 
  1. Connection to the leading industries in Taiwan. Taiwan leads the world with its highly competitive technology industry and is also well-known for its vibrant service sectors such as banking and retail. This MBA program holds regular learning activities such as industry field trips, speeches from practitioners, workshops and conferences, linking students to these leading industries. IHRD locates in Taipei city, which is the capital and business center of Taiwan, making it convenient to conduct internships during the study.
  1. Easy access to Chinese language and culture learning. National Taiwan Normal University was ranked 28th worldwide in the field of education by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2021 due to its leading research in Chinese language teaching and science education among 40,000 universities. NTNU is also the home for the largest and the most renowned Chinese language center (Mandarin Training Center), with around 1,700 students from more than 70 countries enrolled each academic quarter.

If you are interested in this program, please check the following information.

Apply Fulbright Award for U.S. students

About Office of International Affairs, NTNU

About Graduate Institute of IHRD

Experience: Study Abroad to IHRD in Taiwan


  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

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.

Acceptable Languages: Mandarin

Prior Language Study: Prior language study is not required.

Dates and Timing: 6 months, beginning with a 4-week period of intensive language training before MA degree program begins followed by concurrent studies during the first semester, up to 6 months total.  CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive by late July to begin intensive language studies at their host university or with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan).  CLEA languages classes will take place either through the university’s own language center or through an exclusive, close partnership with FSE-approved language tutors. All instructors are well-trained in TECL pedagogy, and they offer all levels of language instruction from beginner to advanced.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  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. 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.
  5. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions

Applicants are Ineligible who:

  1. Currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2021-2022 academic year) will not be considered. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Have dual U.S.-Taiwan nationality or permanent residency.

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than October 12, 2021. For more application information, please see the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website, which provides general information and application instructions about awards for Taiwan, for details.


Submit the following all required application components for the 2022-2023 U.S. Student Program by the application deadline: October 12, 2021.

  1. Statement of Grant Purpose
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation 
  4. Transcripts

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

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.

Contact a Fulbright Program Advisor on your campus or visit the Fulbright Student Program website for application information. The application cycle opens in the first week of April each year.

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. 

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.

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.

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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