The Taiwan Columbia Scholarship was jointly established in 2014 by the MOE and Columbia University to provide scholarship funding to students from Taiwan pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree at Columbia. Previously, only students in the School of Arts and Sciences were eligible to apply for the scholarship. Under the terms of the new agreement signed in July, Taiwanese students attending Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are now also eligible.
Each year, the program selects up to five students from Taiwan to receive scholarships. Before applying for the scholarship, each student is required to independently gain admission to Columbia University following the school’s regular admissions process. Once a student is accepted to the university and is awarded the Taiwan Columbia Scholarship, the program fully funds all tuition and fees and provides the student with a living stipend for a period of three years. All scholarship funds are contributed equally by the MOE and Columbia University.
The latest agreement between Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and Columbia University is part of efforts by the MOE to establish joint scholarship programs with leading international universities that are ranked in the global top 100. Similar scholarship programs have been established by the MOE at 13 universities worldwide, including the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in the U.K., Australia’s University of Sydney, and the Université Paris-Sud in France. In addition to Columbia University, the MOE has also forged similar agreements with several universities in the United States, including Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Columbia University is one of the oldest and most prestigious American universities and is a member of the Ivy League. The school was founded in 1754 in New York City as King’s College and is the fifth oldest institution for higher education in the United States. Today, the university encompasses 16 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools and four affiliated colleges and seminaries located across several campuses in New York City. In 2020, there were approximately 150 Taiwanese students studying at Columbia University, many of whom are members of the Taiwanese Student Association on campus. The association actively organizes a variety of activities and events for its members and works closely with the Federation of Taiwanese Student Associations in New York (FTSANY).