Awards to Taiwan

Open Study/Research Award

Description and Purpose

  1. Allow for individually designed study/research projects
  2. Provide support for study/research in a single country
  3. Facilitate cultural exchange
  4. Promote mutual understanding


Up to 4 awards




10 months


October 8, 2024


  • Agriculture
  • American History
  • American Literature
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies, non- U.S.
  • Arts
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History, non-U.S.
  • Journalism
  • Literature, non-U.S.
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Drama/Theater
  • Urban Planning
  • Creativity, innovation and cultural industry
  • Chinese and/or Taiwan studies
  • Cross-Strait studies
  • Health care policy
  • Indigenous People Initiative
  • International affairs
  • International education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marine science
  • Migration and immigration policy
  • Science, technology and innovation policy
  • International relations
  • Management
  • Pacific Corals Holistic Project
  • Public policy
  • Public safety
  • Tomorrow’s Rivers Initiative
  • Tourism


1. Total Monthly Payment: NT$45,000 – NT$69,000

  • Base Stipend: NT$18,000
  • Living Allowance: NT$15,000 – NT$33,000*
  • Partial Housing Allowance: NT$12,000 – NT$18,000**


2. Settling-in & Baggage Allowance (A one-time-only allowance): NT$36,000

3. Round-trip Air Ticket

4. National Health Insurance

*An additional NT$6,000 for per accompanying dependent, up to three people
**Housing allowance of NT$12,000 per month for the grantee including accompanying spouse; if the number of accompanying dependents is two or more people, the housing allowance is NT$18,000

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  1. Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  2. – For Academic Applications:
    Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program.
    For Creative and Performing Arts Applications:
    Master’s and Ph.D. students are preferred, but graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered. Hold at least an undergraduate degree before the beginning day of the grant, but not have been awarded a doctoral degree at the time of application. Applicants who hold a doctorate are ineligible.
  3. Applications are welcome in all fields of study or creative arts. Candidate must be willing and able to work with a high degree of independence.
  4. Conducting dissertation research in Traditional Chinese Studies will require advanced language skills.
  5. Hold a J.D degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate.
  6. Doctors of medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residences. Also, grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required. The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that  involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.
  7. The grant must begin in September, 2023 and end in June, 2024.
  8. 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 2023-2024 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 8, 2024. 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 2024-2025 U.S. Student Program by the application deadline: October 8, 2024.

  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


Application process has been completed! Wait for the notification letter!

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.

Click here to view the Online Application Portal and Application Period for the Master’s Degree Program Award. 

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.

The study/research grant provides funds for academic research abroad in any discipline and is open to both students and professionals. For applicants in the creative/performing arts, they should propose a project that focuses on music, dance, photography, creative writing, filmmaking, or whatever their area of study may be.

Special Projects

Additional depth and breadth are encouraged in seven general project areas, please see the special projects accomplished by former grantees.

  • Indigenous People Initiative
  • Pacific Coral Holistic Project
  • Tomorrow’s Rivers Initiative
  • English Education Project
  • Cross-strait Studies
  • Public Health Research
  • Arts & Culture


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