1 Master's Degree Program Award: National Dong Hwa University Award in Ethnic Relations and Cultures
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length12 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
Awards are available to pursue a full-time Master’s degree in Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University (NDHU). The program is taught in Chinese. Students can submit homework/exams/theses in English.
The program combines an intensive study of the Chinese language and a two-year master’s degree program. International students will spend their first year in studying Chinese in order to improve their Chinese language and study skills to the level needed for the program study. After completing their Chinese language studies, international students continue studies toward their Master’s degree in Ethnic Relations and Cultures.
The National Dong Hwa University is a national research university located outside the scenic city Hualien and is the first comprehensive university in eastern Taiwan. It covers an area of 251 hectares which is the largest of Taiwan’s universities and colleges. NDHU is well regarded as a top 10% university in Taiwan. The University enrolls approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and over 1,000 international students from more than 50 countries pursuing degrees and joining exchange programs with more than 120 universities around the world.
The Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures under the College of Indigenous Studies is the first department in Taiwan dedicated to the study of ethnic relations and cultures. Also, it is the only one college about Taiwanese Indigenous Studies in Taiwan. An interdisciplinary program, faculty members have a wide range of expertise, including anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and art history. In Taiwan, it is the only one college about Taiwanese Indigenous Studies.
The program curriculum emphasizes: 1.) Inter-disciplinary training: Faculty members have expertise in the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, law, art, and culture administration; 2.) Focus on ethnic relations: Reflecting the needs of students, our curriculum is designed to explore a wide variety of related topics, including (but not limited to) ritual practices, cultural performance, political economy, multicultural education, and the study of sex/gender issues; 3.) Practical courses: Through fieldwork, case studies, and service learning, students are given the opportunity to work in close collaboration with indigenous communities and non-profit organizations.
The award is co-sponsored by National Dong Hwa University.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee’s academic success with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
Grants begin in September, 2024, prior to the FSE Welcome Reception (usually the Friday after Labor Day).
The post-arrival orientation is usually held the Friday after Labor Day.
Candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a two-year Master’s degree. Strong academic credentials in their area of specialization are expected. A good capacity for studying and living in a cross-cultural setting is necessary. Grantees cannot be accompanied by dependents.
- Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living there during the 2023-2024 academic year) will not be considered.
- A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive 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
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must select “Dong Hwa University Award” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Intermediate Chinese level is required.
A minimum of completion of two years of college-level (intermediate level) Chinese is required. As the program is taught in Chinese, students must have the necessary language skills. The first year of the three-year grant should be dedicated to language study.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start
No letter of affiliation is required upon application. Candidates must be accepted by both the Fulbright Commission in Taiwan and the university program.
APPLICANTS ALSO MUST 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 be accepted by the university. Please look up and respect the program application deadline for the university program.
Once a Fulbright Finalist gains admission to the master’s degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the Commission.
The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at National Dong Hwa University, housing in a student dormitory, round trip airfare, a monthly living allowance, and national health insurance for three years as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards. There is no maximum credit limit for tuition waivers. Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will book the grantees in a hotel for first four nights close to the office. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance and a stipend.
The host institution will offer grantees a student dormitory at their university in a two-person dorm room.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Online Resources
Learn Chinese in Taiwan: https://lmit.edu.tw/lc
List of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-21-14441-4EC5E-1.html