Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad


Doctoral candidates who are Republic of China (ROC) citizens and who are completing the last stage of their Ph.D. research at an accredited university in Europe may apply for fellowships for the completion of dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants for ROC dissertation fellowships must be doing research on topics related to Chinese culture and society, the development of the Republic of China, or Taiwan Studies. Their dissertations should cover one of the following fields: literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, art, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, legal studies, economics, or media studies. Only students who have graduated from an accredited university or college in the Republic of China, and who do not have foreign permanent residence status or citizenship, are eligible to apply.

Grants are available only to doctoral candidates who are neither employed nor receiving grants from other sources. Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree, and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program. The maximum amount of each award is $15,000, which is given for a period extending one year. Successful candidates are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of the grant period. Funding for successful applications will begin in July. The completed thesis should not be submitted until the next calendar year.

Applications for Dissertation Fellowships will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to the advancement of research in the field of Chinese Studies.

  2. The quality or potential quality of the applicant's work, including its originality in the field of Chinese Studies.

  3. The quality of the approach, organization, and methodology of the proposed project.

  4. The likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the entire project during the grant period.


  1. Applicants must possess a passport from the Republic of China. Applicants with citizenship or permanent residence status in the United States, Canada, Mexico, or countries in Central America and South America are not eligible.

  2. Applicants must not accept full-time employment during the grant period, and should inform the Foundation if they are applying for or subsequently receive other sources of funding. The Foundation reserves the right to adjust the terms of the grant (including termination of the grant) should an applicant receive other sources of funding.

  3. Applicants must have graduated from a university or college accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China.

  4. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America.

  5. Applicants must have qualified for Ph.D. candidacy and be in the last stage of writing the dissertation.


Beginning on August 1, 2009, the Foundation will start accepting electronic applications for this type of grant. Please watch our website for further details.

Each application should include the following steps, which includes the on-line submission of the applicantˇ¦s personal information, basic project data, and project abstract. In addition, completing the electronic application includes the submission of two PDF files. The first file should include items #1-5 listed below; the second file should include item #6.

A. Items to be submitted with the electronic application

  1. A description of the proposed project of no more than 7 pages in length (English or Chinese, any format acceptable);

  2. Departmental letter demonstrating proof of candidacy;

  3. Department letter confirming approval of the dissertation proposal;

  4. Chapter outline of dissertation proposal of no more than 3 pages in length (English and Chinese);

  5. Copy of ROC passport and valid visa for country in which applicant is studying;

  6. Curriculum vitae (English and Chinese).

B. Items to be mailed directly to the Foundation

  1. Two letters of recommendation (submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the recommending professor);

  2. Transcript.


  1. The deadline for applications for Dissertation Fellowships for Republic of China Students Abroad is October 15. Final results will be announced in late May.

  2. The Foundation will initially direct all messages and correspondence about the applications to respective project directors. Written critiques will not be provided for proposals submitted to the Foundation.