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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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3 Doctoral Degree Program Awards: National Chengchi University Awards in Asia-Pacific Studies

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
12 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Awards are available to pursue a full-time international doctoral degree program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS) at National Chengchi University (NCCU). The program is taught in English.

NCCU is a leading university in Taiwan, especially in the fields of humanities, social sciences, management, politics, and international affairs, and provides a top international environment to foreign students. NCCU has also been elected as an "Aim for the Top University Project" sponsored school of the Ministry of Education and is part of QS World Universities rankings as well.  

The IDAS program at NCCU is the first in Taiwan to offer an English-taught doctoral program in the field. The program is supported by the best faculty members and research fellows and the specializations of the IDAS faculty cover: Anthropology and Ethnology, Economics and Public Finance, Development Studies, International Relations and Security, Labor Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Policy Analysis, Sociology, and Social Welfare, among others.

The award is co-sponsored by National Chengchi University.

Grant Period

12 Months

Grants must begin in September 2021, prior to the Fulbright 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. Students can expect approximately two years of coursework and a year or more for writing the dissertation. Normally, this program will take 4 years to earn a PhD, and the NCCU offers a major portion of the awrard. The Fulbright doctoral grant offer is for the first two years. Students are responsible for securing financing for the remainder of their studies, usually through personal funds or local research support.

The IDAS curriculum offers four tracks from which students can choose courses: Political Economy, Society and Culture, Public Governance and Public Policy, and International Relations.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidate must have received a master's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a four-year doctoral 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 must specify to which track they are applying and will be evaluated against that cohort.

Grantees cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is useful, but not required. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


No letter of affiliation is requried 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 for the Fulbright award, but also must also be accepted by the university. Please look up and respect the program application deadline at the university.  

Once a Fulbright finalist gains admission to the doctoral degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the Commission.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The grant provides full tuition support at National Chengchi University (NCCU) and student dormitory for the first three years as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards. Tuition waivers for the number of credits required for the first three years are granted to graduate students. Full-time Ph.D. students in regular session ordinarily register for 9-12 credits (3-4 courses) per semester. Students enroll for additional credits, but they will be responsible for the added tuition and fees.

The fourth-year doctoral students can apply for the additonal support of a full tuition fee waiver and student dormitory, if they meet the folloiwng criteria:

  • Average GPA for previous 3 years: 3.8
  • Publication
  • Conference paper
  • Two recommendation letters (one is from student's advisor)

Generally, students are also responsible for paying the fourth-year tuition and finding their own housing in the fourth year. Graduate students are expected to finish their research, write a dissertation, and defend it successfully in the final year (fourth year) and take no more required courses other than those directly related to their dissertation research. 

Also, FSE offers the grant recipients round trip airfare (return upon competion of the PhD), and for the first two years, a monthly living allowance plus national health insurance.

Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.


  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.
  • A candidate who has lived outside the United State for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceeding the date of application will be ineligible. 
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select 'NCCU Asia-Pacific (Doctoral)' in the Award Name field of the application.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website