Awards to Taiwan

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Description and Purpose

The Grants have two goals:

  1. To provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the area of scholar’s specialization. The proportion of each should be determined in consultation with the host
  2. To develop lasting professional contacts at Taiwanese institutions


Up to 6 awards




5 to 10 months


September 15, 2020


Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:

Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations, but applications in the following specializations are preferred:


  1. Base Stipend: NT$ 90,000
  2. Living Allowance: NT$30,000 – NT$48,000*
  3. Housing Allowance: Free housing provided by the host institution
  4. Settling-in & Baggage Allowance: NT$36,000 (one-time)
  5. Book and Research Allowance: NT$15,000
  6. Dependent Tuition Allowance: US$10,000 per child per semester**
  7. Round-trip Air Ticket
  8. National Health Insurance

*An additional NT$6,000 for per accompanying dependent, up to three people
**Dependent tuition allowance for accompanying dependents in grades 1-12, up to two children. The tuition allowance is only for regular semesters (the first semester begins in mid-September and ends in late January; the second semester begins in early February and ends in late June, depending on the lunar calendar).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are

  1. Must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  2. Apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. 
  3. Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s depending on the field such as M.F.A., J.D., or M.D.). For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments such as artists, musicians, museum personnel, writers, journalists, and other professionals.
  4. May be academics or professionals. Applicants must be at least three years beyond the completion of their terminal degree at the time of application and have research publications or produced a creative portfolio in the last three years. Exceptions may be made for applications in professional fields or the arts where other bodies of work may qualify.  
  5. Without Chinese language proficiency, the feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal. Completion of the language proficiency report(s) depends upon the research needs.
  6. The duration of grants ranges from 5 to 10 months. The grants must begin no earlier than August 1, 2021. They must end no later than September 30, 2022.
  7. 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.

Learn More About the Process

Application Procedure

Application FAQ

Selection Procedure

Application Procedure


Apply online no later than September 15, 2020. For more application information, please see the CIES 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. Scholar Program by the application deadline: Monday, September 16, 2020.


More details about application


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


1. What is the deadline of online application for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program?

The application for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards is in early February and closes in mid-September every year. For more details about applicants’ criteria, application deadlines, application guidelines, grant benefits, etc., please visit the CIES’s website

2. How can local Taiwanese institutions request to have American scholars come to their institutions for teaching or research?

Please request your preferred American scholars to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards. If you find an appropriate American Scholars, you can ask them to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards. If you find appropriate American Scholars, you can ask them to get on the CIES’s website for the application of Fulbright Scholar Awards.

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

The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for applicants.

4. Is there an age limit for applicants?

The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for applicants.

5. Who should I contact for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar 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:

6. Can I defer my Fulbright award?

No, you cannot defer your Fulbright award.

7. Are unsuccessful applicants precluded from making Fulbright applications in the future?

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

8. 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. Before out-of-the-country travel, the grantee must submit a request at least two weeks in advance and receive approval from FSE. In addition, host institutions/professionals must also agree to grantee travel plans and to release grantees. Trips outside Taiwan cannot occur during the first or the last month of the grant period.

9. How can I apply for the visa?

Fulbright Taiwan will provide you with detailed information, required documents, and visa cable number provided from MOFA on the process once you are selected as a grantee. Please see the website for details.

10. 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?

  1. 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 November

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.

Middle November

Recommended Applications from the IIE Received

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

Early December

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.

Middle December

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.

February of 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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East Asia and the Pacific Team