1 Master’s Degree Program Award: National Chengchi University Award in Diplomacy (English Medium Instruction)
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 Diplomacy (EMI), formerly "IMPIS", at National Chengchi University (NCCU). The program is taught in English.
The Department of Diplomacy was established in 1930. The Department is still the only academic program in Taiwan which is named Diplomacy and aims to cultivate scholars and practitioners of international relations and foreign affairs. Graduates from this department over more than 90 years have devoted themselves to be career diplomats as well as political, business and academic elites. In recent years, along with the changing job market, graduates have chosen a variety of career paths, including business management, press and media, public relations for business, show business, and the IT industry.
The Department offers programs with an overarching focus on equipping students with global mobility and international competitiveness. In response to the rapidly changing world, the curriculum is based on international relations and related issues such as international security, power politics, climate change, global governance, and cross-cultural communications, to name a few.
NCCU provides a unique perspective for American students studying Asia-related issues in Taiwan. Faculty at NCCU have published on international affairs, and there are a wide variety of China-specific or China-related courses offered at NCCU. Knowing China not by the Chinese government’s perspective is the main strength in NCCU’s China studies programs. Taiwan is geographically a center of East Asia and the gateway to the Indo-Pacific region: Fulbright students can easily travel to Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Manila, and Singapore within 5 hours by flight. This means more possibilities for students to have exposure to different cultures in this region.
The award is co-sponsored by National Chengchi University.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months, and 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 will be held usually 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. 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 Award: National Chengchi University Award in Diplomacy (English Medium Instruction)" 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, concurrent with academic studies during the first semester. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive by the end of August to begin intensive language studies with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA language classes will take place through an exclusive, close partnership with FSE-approved language tutors. All instructors are well-trained in TCSL 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.
YOU 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 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.
Chinese proficiency requirements for the program’s international students include one of the following certifications before graduation:
- Pass the basic level of the Test of Chinese Language Proficiency (TOCFL Level 2)
- Take Chinese language courses for 4 semesters (the fee for attending Chinese courses is waived)
The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at National Chengchi 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.