8 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Up to 8 grants are available for students who would like to conduct independent research and/or to study in all fields in Taiwan during academic year 2022-2023. Please see "Candidate Profile" for a description of the award categories.
During the 10-month grant period, grantees can broaden their professional, scientific, and artistic skills.
The grant period is 10 months. Grants must begin in September 2022 and end in June 2023. Grantees should arrive in Taiwan in time for the Welcome Meeting (usually the Friday after Labor Day).
The post-arrival orientation will be held usually the Friday after Labor Day.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program.
Creative and Performing Arts Applications:
Master’s and Ph.D. students are preferred, but graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered.
Applications are welcome in all fields of study or creative arts. Candidate must be willing and able to work with a high degree of independence.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is strongly encouraged, but not required if the project does not need it. Conducting dissertation research in Traditional Chinese Studies will require advanced language skills.
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 will be eligible for CLEA. For additional information and requirements on the award, please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.
Acceptable Languages: Mandarin
Prior Language Study: Prior language study is not required.
Dates and Timing: 6 months, beginning with a 4-week period of intensive language training before MA degree program begins followed by concurrent studies during the first semester, up to 6 months total. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive by late July to begin intensive language studies at their host university or with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA languages classes will take place either through the university’s own language center or 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
Applicants must identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
Appropriate insitutions include nonprofit institutions of higher education and research, authenticated colleges, authenticated universities, libraries, archives, museums, art centers, hospitals, public television, radio stations, government agencies, national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit institutes, nonprofit organizations, government charted nonprofit research organizations, and foundations.
Please be mindful July and August are the traditional summer vacation months in Taiwan and responses to inquiries about the invitation letters may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact Taiwanese host institutions well ahead of time to solicit an affilliation letter for their application.
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) provides a monthly stipend for housing, food, and daily needs. Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
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.
Applicants with completed doctorates at the time of the start of the award are not eligible.