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Doctoral Fellowships

This program is designed for non-ROC citizens who are doctoral candidates, who are enrolled in an accredited European university, and who are in the last year of their Ph.D. research. Applicants may apply for fellowships to support the completion of dissertations in Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must submit supporting materials pertaining to the writing of their dissertations, including a detailed project description and at least two (2) recommendation letters. Awards are for EUR16,800, and are given for a period extending one year. Funding for successful applications will begin in July. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Applicants should inform the Foundation if they are applying for or subsequently receive other sources of funding. Grants are available only to doctoral candidates who are neither employed full-time nor receiving grants from other sources during the grant period. In principle, applicants may only apply one time.


Ph.D. students at European universities who are non-ROC citizens, who are in the last year of writing their dissertations, and who meet all of the following conditions are eligible to apply:

  1. The basic research and analysis of material must be completed.
  2. Local financial support has been exhausted.
  3. Applicants must ask their dissertation adviser to include a paragraph in her/his letter of recommendation stating the likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the dissertation during the grant period.

Application Procedures

  1. Applications must be submitted to our online application database. E-mail and paper applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted every year from December 1 to January 15 of the following year. To begin the application process, please click here).
  2. Each application should include the following steps, which includes the on-line submission of the applicant’s personal information, basic project data, and project abstract. In addition, you may only submit one PDF file. Please combine all relevant documents into a file no larger than 5 MB.

Application Materials

  1. Items to be submitted with the electronic application

    (1) Detailed project description (approximately 7 pages and indicating expected date of completion, including one-page bibliographic essay on sources used, as well as a bibliography of primary sources and secondary scholarship related to the dissertation not exceeding 70 items, any format acceptable);
    (2) Departmental letter demonstrating proof of candidacy;
    (3) Curriculum vitae.

  2. Items to be mailed/e-mailed directly to the Foundation

    (1) Two letters of recommendation, including one by the dissertation advisor confirming that the project is in its final year, should be mailed to the Foundation’s Taipei Headquarters (submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the recommending professor). Alternatively, the professor may e-mail a PDF of the signed letter to the following e-mail address: .


  1. The deadline for Doctoral Fellowships applications is January 15.
  2. Final results will be announced in early June.
  3. The Foundation does not provide reviewer’s reports.

Contact Information

Tel : +886-2-2704-5333 ext. 217
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