1 Master’s Degree Program Award: National Cheng Kung University Award in Creative Industries Design
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length12 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
Awards are available to pursue a full-time master’s degree programs in Creative Industries Design at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). The program is taught in English.
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), founded in 1931, located in Taiwan's most ancient and cultural capital – Tainan City, is one of Taiwan's top research intensive universities and a leader in promoting industry academia cooperation. NCKU shows good ranking performances, eg.2021 The World University Impact Rankings, NCKU is ranked 1st in Taiwan, and 2nd in Asia. Moreover, NCKU graduates have long been recognized as the enterprise's favorite college graduates in Taiwan. With more than 4,100 faculty and staffs, 21,700 students and 200,000 alumni worldwide, NCKU is best known for the comprehensiveness of the fields of study, which includes liberal arts, social science, science, engineering, medicine, management, planning & design, semiconductor, etc.
The Creative Industries (CI) are rooted in the creativity, skills, and talents of people. The scope of creative industries includes visual arts, music and performing arts, cultural production development, arts and crafts, film, television and broadcasting, publishing, advertising, design, digital entertainment, fashion, branding, creative lifestyles, architecture, etc. Taiwanese government also identify the cultural and creative industries that use the local Chinese culture as an origin in creativity, individual skills and talent to create wealth and employment through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property. It is an opportunity to get involved with the local culture and regional content through the learning journey in this program.
Under the College of Planning and Design at National Cheng Kung University, the Institute of Creative Industries Design (ICID) has evolved into a combination of industrial planning and enterprise innovations, with a focus on design applications and strategy management. In order to develop creative industries and cultivate research talents, ICID recruits students and faculty from various backgrounds and multiple specializations of study. ICID offers cross-disciplinary courses for creative industries talents through three academic groups: (A) Brand & Marketing Planning, (B) Media & Interaction Design, and (C) Industry & Service Innovation. In the regular curriculum, international academic activities are highlighted, such as exchange-student programs, international workshops and conferences. ICID promotes multiple, localized and international research, with the aim to cultivate talent from a wide range of abilities and to unite the power of industry, government, academia, research organizations, and the community in order to make Creative Industry sustainable in the global era. The MA research journey here will also guide you develop the local connection with the creative industries site, events, festival, and field study during the design project internship and thesis research process.
The award is co-sponsored by the National Cheng Kung 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 “NCKU Creative Industries Design” 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 Cheng Kung University, housing in a student dormitory, round-trip airfare, a monthly living allowance, and national health insurance as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards. Tuition waivers for the number of credits required for graduation are granted to graduate students. Students may enroll for additional credits, but they will be responsible for the added tuition and fees. 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