Name of the organisation/Scheme: Taiwan Foundation for Democracy 

About:

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.

Eligibility:

1. Dissertation Fellowship

If you meet the following 4 criteria, you are eligible for a Dissertation Fellowship:

·        You are enrolled in a full-time PhD program or equivalent in a field related to your proposed research topic

·        You will have completed all your PhD requirements by the appropriate date

·       You intend to undertake research related to Taiwan’s democracy or human rights

·        You are not a citizen of Taiwan

2. Postdoctoral Fellowship

If you meet the following 4 criteria, you are eligible for a Postdoctoral Fellowship:

·        You have a PhD in a field that is relevant to your proposed research

·        You received your PhD no more than seven years ago

·       You intend to undertake research related to Taiwan’s democracy or human rights

·        You are not a citizen of Taiwan

3. Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship

If you meet the following 3 criteria, you are eligible for a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship:

·   You are a practitioner devoted to the promotion or building of democracy or human rights (and have an MA in a relevant field or at least two years of relevant work experience) at the time of application

·   You intend to undertake a project designed to promote democracy or human rights in Taiwan

·       You are not a citizen of Taiwan

4. International Visiting Fellowship

If you meet the following 3 criteria, you are eligible for an International Visiting Fellowship:

·      You are a well-established scholar or expert in the field of democracy or human rights

·       You intend to undertake research related to Taiwan’s democracy or human rights or engage in a democracy or human rights promotion project

·       You are not a citizen of Taiwan

How to apply:

Note: All applications materials should be sent to TFD in hard copy with the original signature on the application form. The reference letters should be sent to TFD directly from the referees with the original signatures. Since all materials should be received by the TFD before the application deadline, please allow sufficient time for delivery. Late submission will be deemed ineligible and be turned down directly.

1. For Dissertation Fellowship:

·        Send the hard copy of a Dissertation Fellowship application form, containing:

·        Contact information

·        Doctoral studies information

·        Description of research plan

·        Curriculum vitae

·   Ask two referees to send the reference letter directly to TFD at fellows@tfd.org.tw with their official email account before deadline

·  Do not forget to submit proof that you have completed all your PhD requirements, except the dissertation, by the appropriate date indicated in the “Calendar” section

2. For Postdoctoral Fellowship:

·        Send the hard copy of a Postdoctoral Fellowship application form, containing:

·        Contact information

·        Doctoral studies information

·        Description of research plan

·        Curriculum vitae

·  Ask two referees to send the reference letter directly to TFD at fellows@tfd.org.tw with their official email account before deadline

3. For Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship:

·  Send the hard copy of a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship application form, containing:

·        Contact information

·        Description of research plan

·        Curriculum vitae

·   Ask two referees to send the reference letter directly to TFD at fellows@tfd.org.tw with their official email account before deadline

 4. For International Visiting Fellowship:

·        Send the hard copy of Fellowship application form, containing:

·        Contact information

·        Description of research plan

·        Curriculum vitae

·   Ask two referees to send the reference letter directly to TFD at fellows@tfd.org.tw with their official email account before deadline

 •Instruction for sending reference letters: please email the reference letters as PDF files bearing the original signature to fellows@tfd.org.tw before the deadline. Please use your official email accounts instead of personal accounts.

Writing samples, such as previous research papers or publications, are welcomed but not required.

Note: If there should be any question regarding the application, you can email to fellows@tfd.org.tw.

Last date for Submission of Application:

The TFD is no longer accepting new applications for research projects to be implemented in 2020. Applications are now open for research projects to be conducted in 2021. Application deadlines shown here will apply to all 4 categories of fellowship.

If the starting date of research projects falls between January and April, applicants must send application forms in hard copy to TFD before the 1st deadline- October 15 2020. Others are also welcome to submit research projects to be conducted between May and December before the 1st deadline. For applications received by that date, applicants will be notified of the result no later than January 2021.

If the starting date of research projects falls between May and August, applicants must send all application materials in hard copy to TFD before the 2nd deadline- February 15, 2021. Others are also welcome to submit research projects to be conducted between September and December before the 2nd deadline. Applicants will be notified of the result no later than May 2021.

The 3rd deadline- June 15, 2021, applies to the projects only to be conducted between September and December, and applicants will be notified of the result no later than September 2021. Applicants must send all application materials in hard copy to TFD before the 3rd deadline.

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