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 Visiting Fellowship

The fellowship will enable a scholar and/or activist from Taiwan to pursue in-person research activities in the Washington, DC area—where they will have proximity to US government officials and agencies, and ready access to a broad community of research institutions, academic institutions, and think tanks.

GTI will provide round-trip airfare from Taiwan, and a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses for a period of up to 3 months. The visiting fellow will be provided a workstation in GTI’s office, participate in GTI-sponsored events, and have the opportunity to engage with government officials, scholars, and other members of the Washington, DC policy community.

Fellowship outline

  • Fellows will be based at GTI for a period of up to 3 months.
  • Fellows will contribute articles to the Global Taiwan Brief; as well as a research report or policy backgrounder related to their topic of research during their fellowship. GTI will exercise first right of refusal to publish this document as a GTI report (with the author properly credited).
  • Fellows will serve as a panelist / discussant at a public seminar hosted by GTI.
  • Fellows will be provided with a work space in GTI’s office building in downtown Washington DC.

Researchers and professionals, who are US citizens or permanent residents, with a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research related, but not limited, to Taiwanese researchers and postgraduates with a demonstrated interest in scholarly research and/or activism—related but not limited to Taiwan’s democratic politics, economic and trade issues, social phenomena, and national security issues—are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to applications with clear research topics and goals for their time in Washington, DC. The fellow will be given a modest stipend of USD $3,000 per month to cover living expenses in the Washington, DC area.  

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Citizen of Taiwan (R.O.C.)
  • Possess a Master’s degree and/or higher degree
  • Possess a valid passport (fellows will be responsible for their own travel documents)
  • English language fluency

Please submit the following items by email to fellowships@globaltaiwan.org:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of interest in becoming a visiting fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute;
  • Research proposal clearly outlining the fellow’s research focus, and reasons why s/he would like to conduct research in DC and with the Global Taiwan Institute;
  • A writing sample of academic work not to exceed 5 pages;
  • 1 recommendation letter

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) proposal’s clarity, appropriateness of methodology, investigator’s degree of familiarity with the research issues, and the potential for professional development; (2) proposal’s contribution to the understanding of contemporary Taiwan affairs and/or US-Taiwan relations; (3) proposal’s alignment with GTI’s mission and goals, and its status as a non-profit organization.

Fellowship applications must be received by 5 pm on September 15, 2023. Please send inquiries and applications to fellowships@globaltaiwan.org

GTI Taiwan Scholarship Program

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 USD $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(If selected, applicants will receive a subsequent award offer letter with more specific information regarding funding disbursement, program requirements, etc.) Upon awardees’ completion of the field research, they will submit a 10,000 to 15,000-word narrative report of their findings; GTI reserves the right of first refusal to publish this work as a GTI research report, with the author properly credited for their authorship.

Researchers and professionals, who are US citizens or permanent residents, with a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research related, but not limited, to Taiwan’s democratic development, politics, security, international relations, economics and trade, and social phenomena are welcome to apply. Preference will be given, but not limited, to researchers who have not previously performed field research in Taiwan. Doctoral students conducting dissertation field studies are also eligible to apply.

Please note that applicants must secure a partner institution in Taiwan (such as a university, research organization, NGO, etc.) prior to departure for Taiwan. Applicants should seek supplementary funding if the Taiwan Scholarship awarded by GTI is insufficient.

Application Materials and Review Process:

Please submit the following materials via one 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.

Selection Criteria

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 non-profit organization; (4) the proposal’s feasibility; and (5) two letters of recommendation.

Scholarship applications must be received by 5 pm (ET) on September 15, 2023. Decisions will be announced in 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.

Internship Program

GTI is hiring interns for this Fall. The internship will take place between from September to December, 2023.

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.

This is a paid opportunity, and as such interns are expected to be available full-time and in-person at GTI’s office in Washington, DC.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Fall 2022” by September 15, 2023 at 5 pm (ET). Incomplete applications will not be considered.