1 Master’s Degree Program Awards: National Chi Nan 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 in Teaching Chinese As a Second Language at National Chi Nan University (NCNU). The program is taught primarily in Mandarin.
Established in central Taiwan in 1995, National Chi Nan University is tasked with both securing the inheritance of classical Chinese culture and cultivating a new generation of global-minded professionals. With close access to Taiwan’s famed Sun-Moon Lake, NCNU is home to collegial teams competing in rowing, archery, yachting, golfing, and medals from recent international sporting events.
The program curriculum emphasizes: 1) inter-disciplinary training: Faculty members have expertise in the fields of curriculum and teaching; Chinese linguistics, lexicology, syntax and phonetics; Chinese literature, history and culture; second language acquisition, applied linguistics, philosophy education, programming language and computer science, international and transcultural studies; 2) focus on the integration of theory and practice: Taking a student-centered approach, the curriculum is designed to foster students’ self-awareness, knowledge acquisition, and skill building in the teaching profession and to empower their ability to gain and utilize knowledge from practice; 3) practical courses: Through teaching practice on campus in Taiwan as well as NCNU’s international cooperative schools or universities abroad, students are given opportunities to explore the actual practice of teaching in real-life classrooms and virtual ones under the supervision of a mentor, typically involving actual teaching as well as duties related to the profession; 4) Southeast Asian languages: Learning Burmese, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese and making friends with international students from Southeast Asia has never been easier; the Department of Southeast Asian Studies in the College of Humanities has them all, which is unique both in Taiwan and other non-South-East-Asian countries; 5) English teaching opportunities: In collaboration with the Language Teaching and Research Center, international students are given the opportunity to teach English to local students on campus.
The award is co-sponsored by National Chi Nan 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, 2023, 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 “NCNU TCSL” 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.
APPLICANT 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 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 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 Chi Nan 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-21-14441-4EC5E-1.html