Every year, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy grants a limited number of fellowships to scholars and practitioners from outside Taiwan who wish to pursue research related to Taiwan’s democracy and human rights. The TFD divides its fellowships into four categories: Dissertation Fellowships, for PhD candidates writing their thesis; Postdoctoral Fellowships, for those who have recently received their PhD; Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowships, for those who want to be involved in democracy and human rights projects in Taiwan; and International Visiting Fellowships, for experienced democracy and human rights practitioners.
Timing of Fellowships
TFD Fellows may reside in Taiwan for up to one year to conduct research topics of their own choice that are related to Taiwan’s democracy and human rights. There is no minimum length for fellowships, but please remember that all Fellows are responsible for completing their projects successfully within the time allotted to them. Please also note that all fellowships must end in or before December of the same calendar year in which they begin.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Fully Funded Fellowships 2022 is available to undertake Fellowship, Post Doctorate level programs at Taiwan Universities.
The TFD will provide the following services to each of its Fellows:
- a monthly stipend designed to assist with living expenses in Taiwan
- reimbursement for a round-trip ticket from the applicant’s current location to Taiwan
- shared office space at the TFD, including computing facilities and internet access
- use of the TFD office for events related to the Fellow’s research (with permission from the TFD on a case-by-case basis)
- access to the TFD’s collection of research materials
- access to the TFD’s network of scholars
- assistance in making contact with persons relevant to the Fellow’s research when necessary
- TFD business cards
Likewise, TFD Fellows are responsible for the following items:
- planning and coordinating all research activities, including making contact with interviewees, arranging for translation services, and designing an appropriate timetable for the Fellow’s research
- submitting a progress report every two months
- submitting a written, academic report of the results of the project by the end of the fellowship, in addition to a public, oral presentation at the TFD on the results of the project
- obeying all laws of the Republic of China, as well as any legal fees or penalties that result from a failure to obey those laws
- all travel arrangements to and from Taiwan, including visas
- housing and transportation in Taiwan
- all expenses beyond the Fellow’s stipend and airfare reimbursement
- consulting with TFD staff before traveling outside of Taiwan during the period of the fellowship
The TFD staff is more than happy to provide assistance and answer questions when necessary, but please remember that the TFD is not responsible for coordinating its Fellows’ research projects. Fellowship applicants who are ultimately granted fellowships typically have clear project plans, have done background research on their topic before applying, and are ready to begin their projects when they arrive.
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