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 the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America 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.

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 US$20,000, which is given for a period extending one year. Successful candidates are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of the grant period.

In addition, the Foundation now offers the Hou Family Foundation Scholarship, a gift bestowed by Boyi Hou of Universal Cement Corporation’s Hou family. All applicants for this scholarship must be writing doctoral dissertations on Taiwan using humanities or social science approaches. Recipients are expected to spend one year at Harvard University doing research or writing their dissertations. One such scholarship, for a maximum of US$32,000, will be awarded each year, with the winner chosen from that year’s recipients of Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad. (Those interested in applying should check the appropriate box on the online application form).

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