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Global Taiwan Institute Scholarship (for American researchers)

Through this scholarship, the Global Taiwan Institute hopes to encourage a new generation of scholars and policy practitioners to pursue research about Taiwan that is informed by their experience with the island’s democracy.

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The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is 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 for its unique political, economic, historical and cultural context. To this end, GTI has established the Taiwan Scholarship, which will fund field research in Taiwan by American researchers. Through this scholarship, GTI hopes to encourage a new generation of scholars and policy practitioners to pursue research about Taiwan that is informed by their experience with the island’s democracy.
 
Scholarship recipients will be granted $10,000 to conduct field research in Taiwan for a term of up to one year. Upon awardees’ return to the United States, they will submit a written report of their findings. Additionally, awardees will be enrolled as non-resident fellows at GTI so that they may continue building upon their experience to advance greater public understanding about Taiwan and its people with the United States.
 
Eligibility
 
American researches and postgraduates with a demonstrated interest in scholarly research related but not limited to Taiwan’s democratic development, politics, security, international relations, economy and social changes are welcome to apply. Preference will be given but not limited to researchers who have never traveled to Taiwan. Doctoral students conducting dissertation field studies are also encouraged to apply.
Please note that applicants must identify and secure a partner institution in Taiwan prior to departure. Applicants should seek supplementary funding if the Taiwan Scholarship is insufficient.
 
Application
 
Please submit the following materials via one email to GTI at scholarships@globaltaiwan.org.
 
1. Project Proposal: The proposal should briefly describe the purpose of the project, identify the local institution(s) and location(s) where the project will be conducted, background and scope of the project, methodology, research questions to be answered, expected outcomes and significance of the project.
2. Project Timeline: State the starting date, benchmarks for progress and estimated completion of the project.
3. Budget: Include a narrative explanation of how the scholarship funds will be utilized.
4. Curriculum Vita or Resume (no more than 3 pages)
5. Statement of Interest (one page)
6. Two Letters of Recommendation
* Incomplete applications will not be processed.
 
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 to the field of Taiwan study; (3) proposal’s alignment with GTI’s mission and goals, and its status as a non-profit organization; (4) proposal’s feasibility; and (5) two letters of recommendation.
 
Deadline
 
Scholarship applications must be received by 5 pm on June 15, 2017. Decisions will be announced by September 1, 2017. For inquiries, please contact scholarships@globaltaiwan.org.
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Events

August 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Douglas Fuller from Zhejiang University. Fuller's new book, "Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons," provides an in-depth longitudinal study of China's information technology industry and policy over the last 15 years. 

August 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

USC US-China Institute director Clay Dube will ask Julie Makinen of the L.A. Times, Jonathan Karp of the Asia Society, and May Lee of CCTV what it takes to report on complex and ever-changing China.