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1 Master’s Degree Program: National Tsing Hua University Award in Political Economy NEW

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
12 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
CLEA Availability
  • Yes
Award Profile

Awards are available to pursue a full-time Master’s degree program in Political Economy at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). The program is taught in English.

NTHU is one of Taiwan’s most prestigious comprehensive research universities, and is widely known as an incubator for future leaders, with prominent alumni including Nobel laureates. NTHU is located in Hsinchu, a vibrant high-tech hub known as the “Silicon Valley of Taiwan” in northern Taiwan, just 30 minutes by high-speed rail from the capital Taipei.

The MA program in the Taipei School of Economics and Political Science (TSE) at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) is a master’s degree program fully taught in English. TSE prepares talented students for leadership positions in international organizations, government, business and civil society institutions. The MA program also helps students to be better prepared for Ph.D. training and an academic career later on.

The mission of TSE is to equip students with extensive knowledge of the dynamics of political economy in Asia and the key trends underlying global political economy and its transformation. The program trains students to analyze political and economic issues in their cultural and social contexts and from a variety of perspectives. The curriculum also helps students understand global issues such as the making of the global order, the rise and fall of hegemony, globalization and inequality, multilateralism and global governance, financial crisis and structural imbalance, as well as climate change. The program focuses especially on how these global factors impact national policy settings in Asian countries.

The MA program in TSE draws on different theoretical approaches to political economy, including positive, comparative, and international political economy, development, international and institutional economics, economic history, cultural anthropology, and historical sociology. Courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars in the field and experts with experience in policy making in different parts of Asia. An extensive selection of optional courses is also available, drawing on expertise on the NTHU campus and across the University System of Taiwan (UST). Students will benefit from guest lectures by distinguished speakers, including leading scholars in the field, outstanding public intellectuals, business leaders, and policymakers.

The MA program in TSE is quite different from other English MA programs in Taiwan in that 70% of TSE faculty members (both full-time and part-time) are foreign scholars with expertise in Asian political economy and global affairs. They will share their observations and insightful views. Hence, TSE students will learn more about Asian politics and economics not only from Taiwanese scholars but also from scholars from many countries in the world.

The award is co-sponsored by the National Tsing Hua University.

Grant Length
12 Months
Grant Period
September Start

The grant is 12 months.

Grants must begin in September, 2024, prior to the FSE Welcome Reception (usually the Friday after Labor Day).

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.

In-Country Orientation

The post-arrival orientation will be held usually the Friday after Labor Day.

Candidate Profile

Candidate must have received a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a two-year master's degree. Strong academic credentials in the area of specialization are expected. A good capacity for studying and living in a cross-cultural setting is necessary. Candidates must specify to which program they are applying.

Grantees cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
  •        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-periodpreceding the date of application will be ineligible.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.
  • All Fulbright U.S. Student award recipients to Taiwan are required to travel to Taiwan on a J-type visa for academic and cultural exchange programs. Please note that individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwanese citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible to meet these document requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine whether they have dual citizenship and how it effects their eligibility prior to submitting their application for a Fulbright award.
  • All Fulbright U.S. Student award recipients, who were born in China, have been living in the U.S. and also must obtain the U.S. citizenship for at least 4 years, their visa applications are acceptable. When they apply for J-type visas at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the U.S., they are required to provide additional documentary evidence to certify that they have resided in the U.S. for a duration of 4 years and above. They cannot be guaranteed that they can be granted a J-type visa. All applicants must meet Taiwan’s entry requirements for applications of Taiwan visas. Please directly contact the TECO to get details on the visa application.
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Not Required

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, beginning from the first semester; the start date of CLEA is the same as the start date of the Master’s degree program award in the fall semester. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive in the first week of September to begin intensive language with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA languages classes will take place through an exclusive, close partnership with FSE-approved language tutors. All instructors are well-trained in TECL pedagogy, and they offer all levels of language instruction from beginner to advanced.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start

No letter of affiliation is required upon application. Candidates must be accepted by both 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 at the university.  

Once a Fulbright finalist gains admission to a master’s degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the commission.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits

The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at National Tsing Hua 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 waiver 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.

Housing Arrangements

The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will book the grantees in a hotel for first four nights close to the office and provide appropriate real estate listing and provide the rental housing-related information. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance and a stipend.

The host institution will offer the U.S. Master’s grantees a student dormitory at their university. The Master’s students will be arranged to live in a two-person dorm room.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
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