1 Master’s Degree Program Awards: National Taiwan Normal University Award in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
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 Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). The program is taught in Mandarin.
Established in 1995, NTNU is the first university offering TCSL degree program in Taiwan. Alongside the Mandarin Training Center, which has alumni who are national leaders in multiple countries, the TCSL department of NTNU prides itself in being the largest and the most renowned Chinese-teaching and Mandarin-learning institute in Taiwan.
The student body consists of Taiwanese, overseas Chinese, and international students from all over the world, creating an ecologically diverse learning environment. As a combination of academic research center and Mandarin teacher cultivation institute, the TCSL department aims to provide students with the most professional instruction and the best international resources. The faculty specializes in:
- Chinese linguistics
- Language education and pedagogy
- Educational psychology
- Cognitive science
- Technology for education
- Chinese literature and culture
- Migration and overseas Chinese society
In addition to the above, the department also features cross-disciplinary programs such as the Program of International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate and Online Master’s Program for Chinese Teachers Abroad.
The Fulbright student will be able to do their teaching practice (1) assistantship in English education projects, and (2) internship in teaching Chinese as a Second Language. NTNU provides students with various internship opportunities, including teaching and administrative internships within the “Excellent Mandarin Language Program” which includes partnerships with 21 American universities, online or overseas teaching internship supervised by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) in nations which have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, internships in overseas Mandarin teaching facilities, etc. Students may apply for different jobs according to their needs to fulfill the internship requirement.
The award is co-sponsored by the National Taiwan Normal 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 3.3 (B+) on a 4.0 scale.
Grants begin in September, 2024, prior to the FSE Welcome Reception (usually the Thursday and Friday after Labor Day).
The post-arrival orientation will be held on 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. Candidates should specify to which program they are applying. 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 “Master’s Degree Program Awards: National Taiwan Normal University Award in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
The applicant's Chinese proficiency is required of CEFR B1(minimum)/B2 (preferred) or its equivalent. 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 MUST ALSO BE ACCEPTED BY THE UNIVERSITY. A separate application to the university is required. Applicants not only have to apply to the Fulbright Award, but 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 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 Taiwan Normal 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 the 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-21-14441-4ECSE-1.html