The Elite Study in Taiwan Project (ESIT) is commissioned by the Ministry of Education. Since established in 2008, ESIT has provided necessary services for the higher education cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast and East Asian countries, as well as creating new opportunities. ESIT has brought together 87 of Taiwan’s universities and colleges to form the ESIT Consortium, members of which will offer English-language master’s and doctorate programs in various fields. Part of its role will be to provide a bridge between the students of Southeast Asian countries and the ESIT Consortium schools and allow more students who hope to come to Taiwan to study to learn more about Taiwan’s high-quality higher education system and assist the Consortium schools promote their programs.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) created the Elite Scholarship Program in order to encourage lecturers from countries in South and Southeast Asia to pursue a graduate degree in Taiwan (with priority given to students enrolling in doctoral programs). One hundred students an academic year over a period of three academic years may be awarded this scholarship (i.e. a total of three hundred students). The scholarship program will run for a total of five years: September 2020 until August 2025.
Basis and Standards
- The scholarship program will be managed in accordance with the MOE Elite Scholarship Program Action Plan.
- The Elite Scholarship Program provides each student with a monthly stipend of NT$25,000/ Php 45,889.36. A master’s student may claim stipends up to a maximum of two years; a doctoral student may claim stipends up to a maximum of three years.
- Stipends may be used to cover tuition and miscellaneous fees, thesis supervision, insurance, accommodations, internet use and living allowance.
- Students will receive the stipend from the month they begin studies until the scholarship expires; the student graduates, takes a leave of absence, or discontinues studies; or the scholarship is suspended/terminated.
- Students will lose the scholarship if they fail to meet the standards required by their school, violate ROC law, receive a demerit on their academic record, take a leave of absence, or are expelled.
- The scholarship will be revoked if the student pursues studies abroad as an exchange or dual-degree student. Remaining stipends may not be retained or deferred. The student’s scholarship will be suspended if they depart Taiwan. A student who departs Taiwan after the fifteenth day of a month is not required to return the stipend for that month.
Source: Taiwan in the Philippines