1 Master's Degree Program Award: National Tsing Hua University Award in Austronesian Studies
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 Austronesian Studies at the Institute of Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). The program is taught in English.
NTHU is one of Taiwan’s most prestigious comprehensive research universities, and is widely known as an incubator for future leaders, with prominent alumni including Nobel laureates. NTHU is located in Hsin-chu, a historical city south of Taipei, and has one of the most beautiful campuses on the island. The city is surrounded by magnificent terrain that are home to indigenous peoples with great cultural diversity. Hsin-chu is also known as the Silicon Valley of Taiwan which blends the cultural depth and high-tech modernity nicely.
NTHU has ten colleges – Science, Engineering, Nuclear Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Technology Management, Education, Arts, and Tsing Hua College. NTHU hosts hundreds of international students from over forty nations across the globe. The university is ranked highly in the QS World Rankings and has agreements for cooperative research, exchange and other joint activities with more than 100 universities around the world. NTHU receives the highest ratio of award winning faculty among all universities in Taiwan.
The English-taught Master’s Program in Austronesian Studies at NTHU is the first of its kind in the region and is well situated among the top humanities and social sciences colleges in Taiwan. It is also supported by the Center for World Austronesia and Indigenous Peoples (CWAIP).
This Center promotes interdisciplinary studies on Austronesian speaking groups and indigenous peoples, which covers anthropology, linguistics, history, literature, education, and law. Launched in 2021, this MA program seeks to promote and enhance the study of indigenous peoples in Taiwan within the greater context of the Austronesian-speaking world across Southeast Asia and Oceania, in areas such as environmental studies, gender and sexuality, state and indigenous relations, multicultural education, multispecies studies, religion and material cultures. It offers an English taught program that will attract non-Mandarin speakers to pursue their studies. Students may conduct independent research and fieldwork which are essential for personal learning and professional development.
NTHU has one of the most distinguished linguistics programs in Taiwan in theoretical linguistics as well as in the fields of Chinese and Austronesian linguistics. There is also a Hsin-chu Learning Center for Indigenous Languages which offers various indigenous language courses every semester.
The award is co-sponsored by National Tsing Hua 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 “National Tsing Hua University Award” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is useful, but not required. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged.
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 taught in English will be eligible for CLEA. For additional information and requirements on the award, please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.
Acceptable Language: Mandarin
Prior Language Study: Prior language study is not required.
Dates and Timing: 16 weeks, beginning from the first semester; the start date of CLEA is the same as the start date of the Master’s degree program award in the fall semester. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive in the first week of September to begin intensive language with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA languages classes will take place 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.
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 Tsing Hua 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. 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://ogme.edu.tw/Home/tw
List of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-21-14441-4EC5E-1.html