Looking for an exceptional PhD program to accelerate your academic career? Academia Sinica, the preeminent research institution in Taiwan, announces that its Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP@AS) 2020 fall semester is now open to applications around the world from now on to February 1st 2020. TIGP@AS provides 12 interdisciplinary and funded programs ranging from physical sciences, life sciences to social sciences and the humanities.
In order to continuously attract the top academic talents, TIGP@AS provides superior scientific training coupled with cutting-edge facilities and leading technologies to ensure its PhD candidates are well supported both academically and socially. All PhD programs are conducted in English so that candidates can be fully engaged in the learning and discovery process. Further, the program works very closely with Taiwan’s leading universities to make certain candidates have access to the best minds in their chosen field.
TIGP offers twelve Ph.D. programs in 2020:
- (1) Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics;
- (2) Molecular Science and Technology;
- (3) Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences;
- (4) Molecular and Cell Biology;
- (5) Bioinformatics;
- (6) Nano Science and Technology;
- (7) Molecular Medicine;
- (8) Earth System Science;
- (9) Biodiversity;
- (10) Interdisciplinary Neuroscience;
- (11) Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology, and
- (12) Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing.
- All applicants who are admitted to TIGP will receive a fellowship from Academia Sinica. Stipend levels are about USD 12,500 per year, and will be awarded for the first three years.
- Additionally, every year, TIGP@AS also holds Travel Grant Award for encouraging students to join competitive global symposiums as well as several Distinguished Lectures inviting academic and entrepreneurial masters including Nobel Laureates.
- To facilitate first-year students’ quicker adaptation to local environments, TIGP@AS provides them with free Mandarin language courses at the entry level, and a convenient and affordable fully-furnished dormitory.
- Furthermore, through Academia Sinica’s substantial connections with first-rate institutions around the world, TIGP@AS is able to make arrangements for students to visit and conduct research in renowned laboratories.
- Bachelor and/or Master of Science Degree
In general, applicants must have earned a Bachelor's degree and/or a Master's degree by the time they apply for admission to the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP). Applicants who have only completed the Bachelor's degree are normally admitted into the Master's Program and then advanced to the Ph.D. program upon completion of Master's courses.
- Academic Transcript
Formal transcripts from all enrolled colleges or universities should be sent to the TIGP Admissions Office. Transcripts may be sent directly by the Registrar of each institution or submitted with the application in sealed envelopes. Please provide an explanation for any non-standard grading system. Transcripts or records of all courses, seminars and examinations, including grades, scores, grading scales, and conferrals of degrees, must be in English. All translations must be complete versions of the original records.
- English Proficiency
Students from non-English-speaking countries are expected to read, write, comprehend, and speak English in order to be admitted for graduate study. Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to take a test of English proficiency as part of the application procedure. One of the following language test scores must be provided for application. Please note that test scores submitted must be taken within the past two years. Applicants should ensure that the test score(s) be sent to the TIGP Admissions Office prior to the university registration day. We cannot return these documents to you.
Although the English proficiency requirement for admission may vary in respective programs, the recommended requirements are as follows:
- TOEFL: A total TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based or 550 on paper-based is strongly recommended as the minimum admission requirement for all programs. Please note that neither institutional TOEFL nor TOEFL-ITP will be accepted; only ETS International TOEFL iBT or PBT will be accepted.
- IELTS: A minimum overall Band Score of 5.5 on the Academic Test of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the past two years is required. (*The minimum IELTS requirement for Bioinformatics Program is 6.0.)
- GEPT: In addition to TOEFL and IELTS, applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), administered by the Language Training and Testing Center. Under this option, applicants must submit their high-intermediate level certificate with the application.
- The test of English proficiency can be exempted for applicants who graduated from universities where English is the primary language of instruction, if the applicant provides an official certification issued by the university's office of registrar. The eligibility of exemption is subject to each program.
- Graduate Record Examination
GRE General test (requirements vary by program)
Please refer to the specific requirements of your program; a list of possible GRE substitution options, by program, is available here.
- Statement of Purpose
Please provide a file brief statement of your scientific and professional interests and objectives, as well as your career goals. Include a description of your past accomplishments that are not evident from the examination of other documents submitted. Report your results, if applicable, on any research in progress. List the memberships in scientific, professional, or honorary societies. This statement must be written in English by the applicant. It must not be written in another language and translated for the applicant by another person.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
You have to provide us 3 referees whom will receive your request to evaluate and recommend your performance and potential. One of the letters is preferably provided by the applicant's thesis advisor.
*For CBMB, MBAS, MM, ESS, and BIODIV programs, 3 letters of recommendation are the minimum requirement; for all other programs, at least 2 letters are required.
*When an applicant fills in his/her referees' information in the online application form, the referees will be immediately notified by email and guided to TIGP's Online Recommendation portal. All letters of recommendation have to be filled out online directly by the referees. If a referee wishes to send the letter by post mail, the envelope has to be sealed and signed across by the referee, and the enclosed information should not be revealed to the applicant.
- Additional Information
In assessing your academic background, the Admissions Committee will find it useful to have additional information about your professional experience, publications and other original work. On a separate sheet of paper, briefly describe the professional experiences most relevant to your field of study. Also, please submit copies of any paper, publications, or other materials that may serve to support your application. Make sure that your name and the program to which you are applying are listed on any such documents. As noted previously, we cannot return these documents to you.
In addition to the general TIGP application requirements outlined here, please be sure to review the program-specific requirements for your option, as described in the corresponding program Website.
01 February 2020