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Foreign Study Supplements in Taiwan

Value See below
Application Deadline February 1
How to Apply See below
Application Form Terms and Conditions of Applying Form (form-fillable)
For More Information See below

Program objectives

Foreign Study Supplements in Taiwan provide graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering with first-hand research experience in an international setting. The primary goals of this program are to introduce students to science and engineering in Taiwan through a research laboratory environment, and to develop personal relationships that will improve their collaboration with their foreign counterparts in the future.

The program is co-sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan, with the assistance of the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in coordinating the orientation, arranging language courses, and in helping participants travel to individual universities or research institutes.

NSERC is committed to supporting young researchers and students in their pursuit of knowledge and expertise, by increasing their participation in international research endeavours. A total of 10 awards are available each year.


To be eligible to apply:

  • you must hold an active NSERC postgraduate scholarship (PGS), Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) or Vanier CGS; or
  • your academic supervisor must hold an active NSERC Discovery Grant, Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Grant or Strategic Partnership Grant; and
  • you must be pursuing studies in natural sciences or engineering or both.

To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:

  • be registered full-time in a graduate research studies program at a Canadian institution for the duration of your research study period in Taiwan;
  • take up the award in the same year as receiving the notice of award;
  • return to complete your degree at your Canadian institution;
  • agree to the Terms and Conditions of Applying Form.

Value and duration

Students will receive TWD 41,000 (from which 18% tax will be withheld, for a net amount of approximately CAD $1,400) from MOST and $2,500 from NSERC to cover travel and living expenses while abroad.

The Foreign Study Supplements in Taiwan consist of an eight-week travel period during the summer months, starting at the end of June. The start date of the program is set by MOST each year, and the first week consists of an orientation session.

Host institutions and supervisors

Eligible host institutions include public and private universities, Academia Sinica and national applied research laboratories. For a comprehensive list of eligible institutions, contact

A host supervisor must be a researcher employed full-time at an eligible host institution. Research assistants are not eligible to be host supervisors.

How to apply

Interested students should contact to obtain the application form and instructions.


The deadline to apply is February 1. Applications should be sent by email to Include “Foreign Study Supplements in Taiwan Application” in the subject line. If more than 10 applications are received, eligible applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Review procedures

NSERC and MOST work together to select the recipients for this award.

Post-activity deliverables

Within one month of completing their research study period in Taiwan, students must submit a brief activity report of their experience abroad to NSERC and MOST.

Notification of decision

NSERC notifies applicants of the results by email within two months of the application deadline. If the students’ contact information changes after submitting an application, they must inform NSERC by sending an email to

For more information

Tel.: 613-996-0264

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