Award Profile

Awards are available to pursue a full-time Master’s degree in Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University (NDHU). The program is taught in Chinese. Students can submit homework/exams/theses in English. The program combines one year of intensive studies of the Chinese language with a two-year master’s degree program. International students spend their first year in studying Chinese in order to improve their Chinese language and study skills to the level needed for the program study. After completing a Chinese language program, international students will continue their studies toward their master’s degree.

National Dong Hwa University is a national research university located in Hualien, Taiwan. It is the first comprehensive university in eastern Taiwan. It covers an area of 251 hectares which is the largest of Taiwan’s universities and colleges. NDHU is well regarded as a top 10% university in Taiwan. The University enrolls approximately 10,000 undergraduate & graduate students, and over 1,000 international students from more than 50 countries pursuing degrees and joining exchange programs with more than 120 universities around the world. The Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures in the College of Indigenous Studies is the first department in Taiwan dedicated to the study of ethnic relations and cultures. Also, it is the only full college dedicated to Taiwanese Indigenous Studies in Taiwan. An interdisciplinary program, faculty members have a wide range of expertise, including anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and art history.

The program curriculum emphasizes: 1.) Inter-disciplinary training: Faculty members have expertise in the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, law, art, and culture administration; 2.) Focus on ethnic relations: Reflecting the needs of students, our curriculum is designed to explore a wide variety of related topics, including (but not limited to) cultural studies, ethnic histories, environmental sustainability, political economy, multicultural education, and the study of sex/gender issues; 3.) Practical courses: Through fieldwork, case studies, and service learning, students are given the opportunity to work in close collaboration with indigenous communities and non-profit organizations.

The award is co-sponsored by National Dong Hwa University.

Grant Period

12 Months

Grants begin in September, 2021 prior to the FSE Welcome Reception (usually the Friday after Labor Day).

The Grant is initially awarded for 12 months, and renewal for a second and third year are dependent upon the grantee’s academic success with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidate must have received a Bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. The program takes three years in length including a two-year master’s degree program and one additional year to study Chinese.

Strong academic credentials in their area of specialization are expected. A good capacity for studying and living in a cross-cultural setting is necessary.

Grantees cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required – Intermediate

A minimum of completion of two years of college-level (intermediate level) Chinese is required. As the program is conducted in Chinse instruction, so student must have the necessary language skills.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


No letter of affiliation is required upon application. Candidates must be accepted by both the Fulbright Commission in Taiwan and the university program.

YOU MUST ALSO BE ACCEPTED BY THE UNIVERSITY!! A separate application to the university is required. Applicants not only have to apply to the Fulbright award, but also MUST be accepted by the university. Please look up and respect the program application deadline at the university.

Please note: after you are admitted to the program, you are required to study Chinese in your first year. After completing the intensive Chinese courses, you will be able to continue pursuing a two-year master’s degree.

Once a Fulbright finalist gains admission to a master’s degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the Commission.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The grant provides recipients with full tuition support, student dormitory, round trip airfare, a monthly living allowance, and national health insurance for three years as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards. No maximum credit limit for tuition waivers are granted to graduate students.


Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.

Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select “Dong Hwa University Award” in the Award Name field of the application.

Eligible Programs

National Dong Hwa University:

Master’s Program in Ethnic Relations and Cultures


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Full statement here:Fulbright U.S. Student Program