Exchange, Scholarship, and Fellowship Programs

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Exchange Programs

In this document, you will find a compiled list of various exchange programs available to US citizens that offer opportunities to visit or study in Taiwan.

GTI Internship, Spring 2023

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is a private, non-profit policy incubator located in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Our vision is to raise awareness, deepen affinity, and create opportunities for strengthening the relationship between Taiwan and the international community, and especially Taiwan’s relationship with the United States. We do this through policy research and programs that promote better public understanding about Taiwan and its people.

GTI accepts interns several times a year for periods of four months, though these terms may be shortened or extended at the discretion of the organization. Our internship program is a generalized one that will expose interns to the breadth of think tank operations, from research assistance to event planning, as well as administrative tasks. Internship duties will vary by term and by individual, as interns bring their unique skills, interests, and expertise to the organization.

To this end, GTI will be accepting applications for the Spring 2023 internship. Applications are due December 2, 2022 at 5 pm (ET).

The Global Taiwan Institute is seeking up to two Spring interns to assist with: current research projects and reports, production of the bi-weekly Global Taiwan Brief, and organization of our public seminars. Interns may also have the opportunity to publish in the Global Taiwan Brief. We are looking for energetic, flexible, highly motivated interns who are excited about our mission and work well as a part of a small team. Familiarity with regional issues, editorial and/or writing experience, social media proficiency, interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic are essential. The internship term is for four months and in-person. While part-time applicants are acceptable, candidates who can commit to working full-time are strongly preferred. The internship is paid.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in event planning and other logistics
  • Assisting with ongoing research and other projects
  • Assisting with data-entry and other administrative tasks
  • Assisting with social media and website posting/maintenance
  • Assisting with production of the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Writing at least one short (2-3 pages) article on relevant topics for potential publication in the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Attending relevant virtual/in-person events in Washington, D.C. and reporting back to GTI staff
  • Tracking news and developments in Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and the Indo-Pacific region
  • Additional publishing opportunities may be available

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited US institution or equivalent from a non-US institution (internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates)
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite and social media platforms (eg: Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in Mandarin Chinese or other Asian languages
  • Experience with policy research or editing a publication highly desired
  • Interest in Asia policy issues: demonstrated interest in Taiwan, US-Taiwan, and/or cross-Strait issues preferred
  • Flexibility with handling different tasks
  • Candidates who can commit to working full-time strongly preferred

Application Materials and Review Process:

  • Resume
  • Name and contact information (email and phone) of two references
  • Cover letter (indicating why you want to intern at GTI)
  • Short Answer Essay (250 words each):
  • What do you see as the three most significant issues facing Taiwan today, and why?
  • What skillset do you already possess, and what skills or expertise do you wish to gain through this internship?

Please send these materials as email attachments (Word documents or pdf) to internships@globaltaiwan.org with subject: “GTI internship Spring 2023.” 

Internship applications must be received by December 2, 2022 at 5 PM (ET).

GTI Taiwan Scholarship Program

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is a 501(c)(3) think tank dedicated to enhancing the relationship between Taiwan and the international community, especially the United States. GTI serves as an incubator for policy research and analysis that approaches Taiwan in view of its unique political, economic, historical, and cultural context.

To this end, GTI is now accepting applications for its Taiwan Scholarship Program. The details for the program are listed below. The deadline to submit completed applications is 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 30, 2022.

The Taiwan Scholarship will fund American researchers to conduct short-term field research in Taiwan. Through this scholarship, GTI hopes to encourage scholars, policy practitioners, and media professionals to pursue research-oriented projects related to Taiwan that are informed by their personal observations and experiences within the island and its vibrant democratic society.

Scholarship recipients will be granted US $10,000 to support field research in Taiwan for a term of up to one year. The funding will be provided in three installments, to accompany benchmarks for project completion. Upon awardees’ completion of the field research, they will submit a 10,000- to 15,000-word report of their findings; GTI reserves the right of first refusal to publish this report on its platforms.

Researchers and professionals who possess US citizenship or permanent resident status are welcome to apply. Successful candidates will possess a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research related (but not limited) to Taiwan’s democratic development, politics, security, international relations, economy, and social changes. Preference will be given to researchers who have not previously performed field research in Taiwan. Doctoral students conducting dissertation field studies are also eligible to apply. View the profiles of past scholarship recipients and their research here.

Please note that applicants must secure a partner institution in Taiwan prior to departure for Taiwan. Applicants should seek supplementary funding if the Taiwan Scholarship awarded by GTI is insufficient.

Please submit the following materials in a single email to GTI at scholarships@globaltaiwan.org.

  • Project Proposal: Briefly describe the purpose of the project; identify the local institution(s) and location(s) where the project research will be conducted; describe the background and scope of the project, as well as the methodology and research questions to be answered; the expected outcomes; and the policy significance of the project.
  • Project Timeline: State the starting date, benchmarks for progress, and estimated completion of the project.
  • Budget: Include a narrative explanation of how the scholarship funds will be utilized.
  • Primary researcher’s (or researchers’) curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 3 pages).
  • Submit a statement of interest (one page).
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendations.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  1. The proposal’s clarity, the appropriateness of methodology, the investigator’s degree of familiarity with the research issues, and the potential for professional development 
  2. The proposal’s contribution to the understanding of contemporary Taiwan affairs and to the field of Taiwan study
  3. The proposal’s alignment with GTI’s mission and goals, and its status as a nonprofit organization
  4. The proposal’s feasibility
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Scholarship applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 30, 2022. Decisions will be announced in early November. For inquiries, please contact scholarships@globaltaiwan.org.

Research Fellowship Program

GTI seeks a research fellow to conduct research on Taiwan, China, and relevant policy developments. The ideal candidate will have nonprofit think tank experience with a strong research and work experience in Taiwan policy. This position requires strong writing and organizational skills. Mandarin Chinese language proficiency is desired but not required. The position is part time and located in GTI’s office in Washington, DC.

  • Writing articles for the biweekly Global Taiwan Brief and contributing to Occasional Reports
  • Organizing and moderating public seminars
  • Managing GTI’s Scholarship and Visiting Fellowship programs
  • Developing grant proposals and managing grant-funded programming
  • Participating in external activities to broaden GTI’s public outreach, including academic conferences and policy discussions
  • Providing expert opinion and analysis to media
  • Assisting in the editorial process of GTI’s Occasional Reports and other publications
  • Supervising intern research and writing
  • BA, MA, PhD, or JD in related field
  • Candidate must have native speaker-level English
  • Strong background in Asian affairs
  • Outstanding research, writing, and organizational skills

Salary level will be competitive and determined in light of education, position-related experience, and professional accomplishments.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume/CV, two professional references, and two short writing samples to jobs@globaltaiwan.org with “RESEARCH FELLOW APPLICATION” in the subject line. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.