MOE Short Term Research Awards (STRA) in Taiwan, 2017

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Applications are invited for short-term research awards (STRA) to undertake short term research  for between 2 and 6 months in the Republic of China (Taiwan). International scholars (with the exception of those from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao) are eligible to apply.

The Ministry of Education (abbreviated below to ‘MOE’) has formulated these directions to encourage international scholars (with the exception of those from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao) to undertake short-term research in the Republic of China (Taiwan), in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwan’s culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interaction between Taiwan and the international community.

The Ministry of Education’s key role is to communicate policies and provide a platform bringing together resources: integrating and putting to use various resources from all different sectors, and presenting forward-looking extremely practical government policies that will bring about noticeable positive changes in education.

Applicants require TOEFL 550, IELTS 5.5 or they must pass university’s entrance examination.

Course Level: Awards are available for pursuing research programme for between 2 and 6 months.

Study Subject: The research topic area to be investigated in Taiwan must be related to Taiwanese humanities disciplines, social sciences, culture and/or arts, and/or related comparative research.

Scholarship Award: a. A Ph.D. student will receive a monthly research subsidy of NTD $25,000; a postdoctoral fellow will receive NTD $40,000.
b. 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 traveling 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.

Scholarship can be taken at: Taiwan

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Scholarship:-

  • An international scholar who is a Ph.D. student or a postdoctoral research fellow, with the exception of anyone currently holding an R.O.C. passport, is eligible to apply for a Short Term Research Award (abbreviated below to ‘STRA award’).
  • Ph.D. student’ refers to a student who is currently undertaking a doctorate program at an overseas government approved and registered public or private university or college; a ‘postdoctoral research fellow’ refers to a scholar who has been awarded a Ph.D. by any government (ROC or overseas) approved and registered public or private university or college, and is now undertaking a research project at such an overseas university, college, or institute of higher education. Priority will be given to specific research proposals by scholars who have completed a dissertation, book/s, and/or other publication/s.
  • Please note that anyone in any of the following circumstances is not eligible to apply:
  • Anyone who at the time they apply is visiting, residing, studying (including undertaking an internship), teaching, or undertaking research activity in Taiwan;
  • Anyone who has received an STRA award within the last 5 years;
  • Anyone who is currently receiving some form of financial assistance from a government agency or an educational institution in Taiwan to undertake a research project;
  • Anyone who would be an exchange student under some formal academic co-operation agreement signed between a university or tertiary college in Taiwan and an overseas university or college during the period undertaking the proposed research in Taiwan.

Nationality: International scholars (with the exception of those from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao) are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: An international scholar who is a Ph.D. student or a postdoctoral research fellow, with the exception of anyone currently holding an R.O.C. passport, is eligible to apply for a Short Term Research Award (abbreviated below to ‘STRA award’).

English language Requirements: Free English Language testing for students from English speaking countries.

  • Free English Language testing for students from countries in which English is the major teaching language on condition that the relevant proof documents were provided.
  • TOEFL 550, IELTS 5.5 or Pass University’s entrance examination.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via post. Applicants Must Submit the Following Documents:
a. 3 copies of the Application Form (see appendix 1)
b. A postdoctoral fellow must provide a photocopy of their Ph.D.; a Ph.D. student must provide certification of their current enrollment and transcripts and documentary evidence of the academic programs they have completed.
c. At least two letters of recommendation: one from a senior official of the institution, university, or college where the applicant is currently working or studying (for example: the president or vice-chancellor of a university, the director of an institute, dean of a college, head of a department, or head of a research institute, or a senior official from another institution or organization); another from a teaching scholar or expert in the applicant’s field. If the applicant is a Ph.D. student, a certification of their current enrollment must also be submitted.

Application Form

Application 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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