Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


2 Fulbright Debate Coach/Trainer Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
11 Months
Award Type
Special English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

·    Help coach and build up debate programs at Taiwan’s top public and private high schools

·    Build up a local debate circuit and run and judge local tournaments

·    Train interested Fulbrighters, including English Teaching Assistants, students, and scholars, how to coach debate

·    Travel with teams to tournaments

·    Generate and research arguments within a group setting

·    Work with other teachers to further develop the debate program

·    Organize a debate camp in the summer for interested students

·    All coach/trainers must remain for the entire teaching semester(s)

·    A stipend and partial housing allowance is provided by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) -- Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.

The Fulbright Debate Program aims at not only strengthening Taiwanese students’ oral communication skills in English, but also developing their insights in global trends and cross-cultural awareness between the U.S. at Taiwan’s high schools.

With professional training from our Fulbright coaches, this program will improve Taiwan high school students’ critical thinking skills in English and enhance the promotion of democratic values within Taiwan and the U.S. The debate coach will spend 10-15 hours of teaching per week at selected high schools in Taiwan.

Grant Length
11 Months
Grant Period
September Start

Grants must begin on September 1, 2023 and end on July 31, 2024. Grantees will be in Taiwan in time for the Welcome Meeting (usually the Friday after Labor Day).

In-Country Orientation

The post-arrival orientation will be held the Friday after Labor Day.

Candidate Profile

Applicants’ qualifications should include: 

  • 3+ years’ experience in nationally competitive debate (application should include record of demonstrated achievement in competitive debate)
  • Ability to teach Public Forum and Policy Debate
  • Cross-cultural experience is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in coaching/teaching in a high performing high schools preferred, but not required

Applications are welcome from all fields of study, especially political science, law, international relations, and language arts (including communications, rhetoric, and argumentation). Candidates must be willing and able to work with a high degree of independence.

Debate Coaches cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living there during the 2022-2023 academic year) will not be considered.
  • A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application will be ineligible.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible. 
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select “English Teaching Assistant Award” in the Award Type field of the application.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is useful, but not required. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged. 

Placement Type
  • Secondary School

Coach/trainers will be institutionally housed at Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE).

The debate coaches will teach at the high schools in the following areas of Taiwan: Taipei City, New Taipei City, Hsinchu City, Taichung City, Tainan City, and Kaohsiung City.  

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
Supplementary Project
Not Permitted
Housing Arrangements

The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will book the grantees in a hotel for first four nights close to the office and provide appropriate real estate listing and provide the rental housing-related information. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance, a stipend and partial housing allowance. Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Independent Study

No research or independent study is required. Debate Coach/Trainer awards are not study/research awards, and instructing takes most of the grantee’s time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Taiwan, how being a debate coach has some relevance to what they have done so far, what they would like to do in the future, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.

 All Coach/Trainers must remain in Taiwan for the entire academic year.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Online Resources