For many, the dream of an international academic journey may sound like an unreachable star, mostly due to limited resources. However, countries like Taiwan, through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, offer scholarship opportunities that can transform those dreams into reality.
The office announced on Facebook that it is providing another set of scholarships for Filipino students who want to pursue their studies—be it bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees—or learn Mandarin Chinese under its 2024 Taiwan Scholarships offerings.
The government of Taiwan noted that each applicant can only apply for one scholarship program among the listed offerings and must process first their university admission to their preferred university in Taiwan.
"They also have to comply with and submit necessary scholarship requirements to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines for review and recommendation based on the indicated deadlines of each program. It is important to note that it is ineligible to apply if the applicant currently has enrolled in another program in Taiwan," it said.
The guidelines and additional requirements can be found here. Check out the list of programs below:
Taiwan International Cooperation & Development Fund (IDCF) Scholarship
IDCF Scholarship provides human resources development programs with 29 programs to choose from among 23 partner universities. This program aims to "encourage recipients to contribute to home countries' national development after graduation."
It provides full financial support for tuition, housing, credit fees, textbook costs, and economy-class airfare tickets. The offering includes a monthly stipend of NTD 18,000 or P32,116.97 for a Master’s, and NTD 20,000 or P35,685.53 for a Doctoral degree.
The application period is from Dec. 1, 2023, to March 15, 2024. Interested individuals may apply here.
Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship
The MOE Scholarship is for international students to "familiarize themselves with the academic environment in Taiwan and promote communication, understanding, and friendship between Taiwan and the international community."
It grants a 4-year scholarship for undergraduate studies, a 2-year scholarship for a Master's, and a grant of up to 4 years for a Doctoral degree.
The program will shoulder up to NTD 40,000 (P71,294.32) for each approved tuition and miscellaneous expenses. The remaining costs will be shouldered by the scholarship recipient.
An additional NTD 15,000 (P26,735) will be given to recipients undertaking university undergraduate studies, and NTD 20,000 (P35,647) for those pursuing their Master's and Ph.D. for their monthly living allowance.
The application is from February 1 to April 30, 2024. Interested individuals may apply here.
Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship
Interested in learning Mandarin? There's a program for that!
The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship allows students to learn the language and "provides them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community."
The enrichment courses offer summer terms (June and July or July and August), along with short-term classes, which may last 3, 6, or 9 months to a year respectively.
The grant includes a monthly stipend worth NTD 25,000 (P44,628) to cover all the expenses such as tuition, miscellaneous, etc.
The application period is from February 1 to April 30, 2024. Interested individuals may apply here.