1 Master’s Degree Program Awards: National Cheng Kung University Award in History
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length12 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
Awards are available to pursue a full-time Master’s Degree program in History at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). The program is taught in Mandarin. It focuses on Taiwan History, supplemented by World History and Chinese History courses.
The strength of this program is founded upon the historical heritage of the ancient capital in Taiwan, City of Tainan. Being established almost four centuries ago, Tainan was the political capital of Taiwan for more than two thirds of the island’s history. It was also the center of commercial, finance, and cultural activities from the Dutch East India Company to the present day, with many historical and archeological sites available for historical interest and investigation. To take advantage of this historical heritage, our Master’s program includes courses on Taiwan’s indigenous history, business and maritime history, social and intellectual history, as well as historical fieldwork and museology. In short, to understand Asia, it’s necessary to understand Taiwan which is Asia’s heart. To understand Taiwan, it’s necessary to start from Tainan, which is the origin of Taiwan civilization.
As Taiwan was ruled by many empires before 1945, this program also extends to include courses on East Asian and Southeast Asian histories. In particular, Maritime Asia has been the recent focus of our course development, with specialists offering courses to train students interested in Indonesia, Japan, and Okinawa. In addition, continental Asia and Chinese history, including the China Proper, North Asia, Northeast Asia, and the Indochina are also available on a selective basis.
Focusing not only on the general historical heritage of Tainan, NCKU has specifically inherited from the Japanese period of being the center of technological and engineering training in Taiwan. And for that, it has long emphasized the academia-industry collaboration, leading it to rank first in terms of active involvement with academia-industry collaboration nationwide. And therefore, new possibilities in inter-disciplinary or collaboration courses would also be initiated in our Master’s program. In recent years, attempts have been made to offer courses related to urban planning, architecture, medical history, and food culture.
The award is co-sponsored by the National Cheng Kung University.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second and third 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 will be held the Thursday and Friday after Labor Day.
Candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a three-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 History” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
The applicant’s Chinese proficiency of CEFR B1 or its equivalent is required. Advanced Mandarin study in Taiwan in the first year is required. CEFR B2 is expected at the beginning of the second year.
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 also 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 a 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 the first four nights close to the office. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance.
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