1 Master’s Degree Program Awards: China Medical University Award in Chinese Medicine
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 Chinese Medicine at China Medical University (CMU). The program is taught primarily in Mandarin.
China Medical University (CMU), established in 1958, has cultivated more than 10,000 Chinese medicine and pharmacy professionals in the past 60 years. It has the world's largest database of Chinese medicine, the strongest teams of Chinese medicine research and development experts, and the most complete lineup of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinicians in Taiwan. Scholarly publications in the field of TCM are ranked first in Taiwan and are among the top research centers in the world in quality, quantity, and citations. “China Medical University is the university where traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine sit side by side” (Times Higher Education World University Ranking). Guest researchers from University College London (UK), Leiden University (Netherlands), and Appalachian State University (US) provide an excellent learning environment not only for domestic students but also for international students.
The Graduate Institute of Chinese Medicine bridges traditional medicine with Western medical research. Students are offered insights into the values, distinguishing features, and historical impacts of TCM in many areas of medical research, while at the same time promoting cultural exchange between Taiwan and the United States.
All students in the Master program of Chinese Medicine have to select one group from the five: (1) Chinese medical history and literature group; (2) Clinical Chinese medicine group (statistical research only); (3) Molecular medicine group; (4) Chinese medical engineering group; and (5) Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine group.
Fulbright students are expected to serve as Teaching Assistants in medicine-related English-taught courses while studying for their degree, for improving their Chinese proficiency through interaction with their Taiwan classmates. TA duties will be limited to no more than 4 hours per week. In addition, students will have opportunities for clinical observation (clerkships) in Chinese medicine for one month.
Please note that no patient contact is allowed when conducting research or clerkships.
The award is co-sponsored by China Medical University.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second and third year are 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 “CMU Chinese Medicine” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
The applicant's Chinese proficiency is required of CEFR B1 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 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 China Medical 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.