TAFS MOE Short Term Research Award for International Students in Taiwan 2019

The Taiwan Fellowships & Scholarships (TAFS) program is inviting applications for the MOE Short Term Research Award in Taiwan for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) created this award to encourage individuals from foreign countries (excluding mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) to undertake short-term research in Taiwan, in the hopes of enhancing their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and of promoting exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and other countries.

The Taiwan Fellowships & Scholarships (TAFS) program is a Republic of China (R.O.C.) government initiative aimed to promote relevant research, educational links and enduring friendships between Taiwan and the global community.

Worth of Award

  • PhD Candidates will receive a monthly research allowance of NT$25,000 and Post Doctoral Fellows will receive a monthly research allowance of NT$40,000.
  • One round-trip, economy-class ticket for the most direct route to Taiwan (The maximum subsidized amount is determined by the MOE.)
  • The terms of fellowship are two to six months.
  • Recipients will also be reimbursed for an economy class round trip airfare for the most direct route between their place of residence and Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, or Matsu. The maximum airfare subsidy available for travelling to and from Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, or Oceania respectively will be determined in accordance with Ministry of Education regulations.
  • Applicants are responsible for any expenses exceeding the set maximum.


  • Research topics should be related to Taiwan’s humanities, social sciences, culture, arts and relevant comparative research (excluding areas relating to science, medicine, engineering, and relevant comparative studies).
  • Each applicant shall be a doctoral candidate from an overseas university or a postdoctoral research fellow.
  • Be neither a Taiwanese national nor an overseas Taiwanese compatriot.
  • Not already be residing, studying (including internships), teaching or doing research in Taiwan.
  • Not have received this award within the last five years.
  • Not be a recipient of any other R.O.C. government-sponsored scholarship or subsidy.
  • Not be an exchange student while receiving this award.
  • Selection is based on consideration of
  • The applicant’s potential; outstanding personal performance; and ability to carry out their proposal (30%);
  • The applicant’s language ability, and the academic reputation of the research institution within the applicant’s research field and its appropriateness for the proposal (30%);
  • The overall quality and comprehensiveness of the research proposal (including the topic, structure, research methodology, and analysis of the issue/s), its feasibility, and the importance of the project to the future development of the applicant’s home country and Taiwan (40%).
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How to Apply

  • Applications to undertake a research project in Taiwan in the following year must be submitted to the university, college, or research organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education—such as the Center for Chinese Studies, or the National Academy for Educational Research—in Taiwan at which the applicant would like to undertake research (abbreviated below to ‘host institution’).
  • All the application material stipulated immediately above must arrive at the host institution no later than September 30 (date of receipt) each year.
  • The host institution will undertake the initial review of the application and if it supports the proposal, it will assist the applicant to prepare a brief summary of their research proposal in Chinese on a single A4 sheet, and submit that and all other required documents to the MOE by November 15 the same year for further assessment and approval.
  • The MOE will notify the host institutions of the final STRA award decisions, and the host institutions will then notify the applicants. The MOE will also send a copy of the decision to the Republic of China embassy or diplomatic mission in each successful applicant’s home country or place of residence by January 31 of the next year.
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Deadline: All the application material stipulated immediately above must arrive at the host institution no later than September 30 (date of receipt) each year.

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