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Fulbright program increases stipends, adds fellowships

The Fulbright Board significantly increased the stipends available for Ph.D. students and scholars interested in studying and researching in the U.S.: for students, one full fellowship of up to US$50,000 and up to 12 partial scholarships of US$15,000 are now available; for scholars, one full fellowship of up to US$40,000 and up to 25 partial fellowships of up to US$15,000 are now available, according to a press release from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

Several new distinctive fellowship opportunities have also been created, including for Intervention and Geriatric Health Promotion. To build knowledge and promote academic exchange in these fields, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) is cooperating with the Formosa Plastics Group, which has been working in these fields for years, to launch the “Fulbright-Formosa Plastics Group Scholarship,” said the AIT

A new LLM scholarship is offered by FSE and Tulane University Law School in Louisiana, America's only state whose legal system is not based on common law. Applications are welcome.

William Vocke, the executive director of the foundation says, “The Fulbright-Formosa Plastics Group Scholarship is the first joint scholarship by the Fulbright Program and a private corporation in Taiwan. This is an important sign that private companies in Taiwan are willing and capable of connecting with the world to tackle issues larger than the scale of Taiwan. Similarly, the cooperation with Tulane University is a milestone in new opportunities for the students of Taiwan.”

Language Teaching is also an area of increasing concentration for FSE. Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) was recently added to the FSE program. These are young people from Taiwan who are teaching or training to teach English, who go to the U.S. for one year. They teach and assist the teaching of Mandarin at American universities and take course work. They are provided tuition, housing, airfare and a stipend, the AIT stated.

A Distinguished Teacher Award for K-12 will bring an experienced teacher to the U.S. to Indiana University for a semester to study, undertake a project and provide classroom expertise.

Applications are open online. For students, the deadline is Aug. 1, for the FLTAs, the deadline is Aug. 15, and for scholars, professionals, and distinguished teachers the deadline is Oct. 31. For further information please refer to the FSE website: http://www.fulbright.org.tw/ or call Ms. Lin: 02-2388-2100 ext. 112

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