Academia Sinica in Taiwan is accepting applications for the Taiwan International Graduate Programme (TIGP) Scholarship in Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences (MBAS) at National Chung Hsing University in 2021.
The program has built a research and learning environment that can inspire young graduate students to engage in innovative studies in bio-agriculture. From the outset, the intention of the program has been to train students to employ multi-disciplinary approaches to address specific and important questions in biotechnology and to develop emerging technologies or experimental systems that can contribute to future agricultural biotechnology research and development.
The MBAS graduate program pursues basic and applied research in the bioagricultural sciences that has the potential to lead to new platform technologies or develop into novel systems and industrial applications in biotechnology. A key emphasis of the program is to promote “translational” research whenever possible, particularly when specific new breakthrough findings in basic research can be readily and efficiently advanced into experimental research projects within the program, and are demonstrated to have the potential to be transformed or engineered into platform technology systems and industrial applications for agriculture.
Aside from highlighting innovative research, the program also tries to provide networking opportunities and information systems to satisfy the communication and technological needs of the agricultural and business sectors of the biotechnology industry in Taiwan and worldwide.
The MBAS graduate program focuses its research projects and themes on regional needs or issues in agriculture; for example, sub-tropical crop or flower plant systems, major infectious diseases of pig or chicken farms, warm water marine products, and the herbal plant systems of Chinese traditional medicine. The program encourages students to develop strong reasoning, logical thinking, and decision-making capabilities to work on strategic research in biotechnology. Within these themes and research specialties, five research areas have been defined and are actively pursued. These are:
• Plant and Animal Sciences
• Molecular Virology and Vaccine Technology for Agricultural Applications
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Phytochemistry and Herbal Medicine
• Microbial Genetics and Genomics
Worth of Award
- TIGP will provide the fellowship support for all graduate students for the first year.
- All second and third year students are required to apply for the fellowship through an evaluation system during the summer of the first and second year. The stipend levels are NT$34,000 (about US$1,133) per month.
- In subsequent years (starting from the fourth semester), the financial support may be provided by the students’ thesis advisors; however, the amount will not be guaranteed to be the same as TIGP fellowship.
- In general, applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree by the time they apply for admission to the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP).
- Applicants who already possess a PhD degree will generally not be considered for a second PhD degree.
- Applicants who have only completed the Bachelor’s degree are normally admitted into the Master’s Program and then advanced to the PhD program upon completion of Master’s courses.
- Formal transcripts from all enrolled colleges or universities should be sent to the TIGP Admissions Office. Transcripts may be sent directly by the Registrar of each institution or submitted with the application in sealed envelopes.
- Please provide an explanation for any non-standard grading system. Transcripts or records of all courses, seminars and examinations, including grades, scores, grading scales, and conferrals of degrees, must be in English. All translations must be complete versions of the original records. Irreplaceable records will be returned only upon request and accompanied by a self-addressed envelope.
- Students from non-English -speaking countries are expected to read, write, comprehend, and speak English in order to be admitted for graduate study.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum requirement of TOEFL score is 550 on paper-based or 213 on computer-based or 79-80 on inter-based test, and the minimum requirement of IELTS score is an average 5.5. Please note that institutional TOEFL will not be accepted, only ETS International TOEFL will be accepted.
- The test of English proficiency can be waived for applicants who have studied two or more than two years in a college or university where English is both the language of instruction and the native language.
- Applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) administered by the Language Training and Testing Center. Applicants are required to pass both two parts of the test and submit their High-intermediate level certificate when applying for admission.
- Exemption from the English proficiency requirement The test of English proficiency can be exempted for applicants graduated from universities where English is the primary language of instruction, if the applicants provide an official certification issued by the Office of Registrar.
- All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit GRE’s General Test scores to be evaluated for admission. An advanced Subject Test in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, cell and molecular biology, or physics is also highly recommended.
- A brief statement of the applicant’s scientific and professional interests and objectives, as well as the applicant’s career goals are essential elements in the statement. Report the applicant’s results on any research in progress, if applicable. This statement must be written in English by the applicant, and should not exceed 2 pages.
- At least three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted in sealed envelopes with signatures of the reference across the seal. Each set of the assessment forms should be given to all three of your instructors or individuals familiar with your academic or professional work for assessment propose.
- Applicant’s published paper(s) will be useful for admission
How to Apply
- The MBAS Program Admission Committee considers all applicants for admission on an individual basis.
- Prospective students are encouraged to correspond with participating faculty whose research most closely matches their own interest.
- Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, such as candidate’s academic background, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and relevant work experience.
- The appropriateness of your goals to the program and to the research interests of its faculty will also be considered.
- The final decision to all applicants will be made and formally announced in May and June. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed. TIGP offers admissions for the fall semester only.
- TIGP offers an online application, please proceed yo their website to register, using the link below
- After you complete the online submission, please send the following documents by post before deadline to them:
- Highest degree diploma
- Highest degree academic transcript
- Both documents needs to have the official stamp from the university. Please send them to the following address: Admission Office
Taiwan International Graduate Program
128, Sec. 2, Academia Road
Nankang, Taipei 115
Deadline: Applications Close on January 31, 2021.