Tsai Family Research Fund for Taiwan Studies

Through a generous donation by the Tsai Family, EASC is proud to announce an ambitious three-year initiative to increase interest and study in Taiwan. The Tsai Family Research Fund for Taiwan Studies will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty study and research on Taiwan. We particularly encourage those students and scholars who may be interested in using Taiwan as a comparative case study in their research about larger themes or issues.

Note: If proposed project is not completed during the original award period, award must be forfeited.  

Undergraduate Students

Awards of up to $1,000 for study abroad in Taiwan or research in or on Taiwan under the guidance of a USC faculty. Applicable to USC programs: CIEE semester study abroad, EALC Taiwan Chinese language summer program, Problems Without Passports summer program in Taiwan and non-USC programs


Graduate Students

Awards of up to $3,000 for summer research and/or language study in Taiwan, or smaller awards for conference participation if presenting a paper about Taiwan.


Faculty

Awards of up to $5,000 for conference, symposium, or research on Taiwan. Acceptable uses of funds include research travel, minor institution affiliation fees, research support; organization of workshops or conferences; creation of a website or other electronic resource; or costs of pilot research projects or planning workshops leading to applications for major external funding. 


Application

To apply, please complete the online application and submit the appropriate supplemental materials listed below. Students should ask the faculty recommender to email his/her recommendation letter directly to eascrecs@dornsife.usc.edu.

Undergraduate

  • Personal Statement: 2-3 double-spaced pages outlining research project or language study program in Taiwan, including a detailed budget proposal.
  • 2 letters of recommendation: Recommenders should provide overview of your academic performance, maturity, and potential.  Ask recommender to send letter to eascrecs@dornsife.usc.edu.
  • Unofficial Transcript: Copy and paste STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a Word or PDF document
  • CV/resume

Graduate

  • Personal Statement: 2-3 double-spaced pages outlining research project or language study program in Taiwan, including a detailed budget proposal.
  • 2 letters of recommendation: Recommenders should provide overview of your academic performance, maturity, and potential.  Ask recommender to send letter to eascrecs@dornsife.usc.edu.
  • Unofficial Transcript: Copy and paste STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a Word or PDF document
  • CV/resume

Faculty

  • Proposal: 2-3 page double-spaced proposal outlining the conference, symposium or research project on Taiwan, including a detailed budget proposal.
  • CV

*Faculty salary payments and course buy-outs, equipment and computer purchases, tuition payments, and indirect costs are not permitted under this program.

Deadline

The Tsai Family Research Fund for Taiwan Studies will not be offered for the 2015-16 award cycle. 

EASC Fellowships Info Session Video

Summer 2013 and AY2013-14 Tsai Awardees

FACULTY

  • Jacques Hymans, Associate Professor of International Relations
  • Daniel Lynch, Associate Professor of International Relations
  • Andrew Simpson, Professor of Linguistics
  • Tin-Yu Tseng, Lecturer of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Aaron Walker, Lecturer of American Studies
  • Yi-Hsien Walker, Lecturer of East Asian Languages and Cultures

GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Li-Ping Chen, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
  • Li-Hao Chu, Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy
  • Yu-Kang Fan, Sociology
  • Tse-Min Fu, Political Science and International Relations
  • Peter Guekguezian, Linguistics
  • Joshua Hsieh, Film Production
  • Jenneille Hsu, Public Policy and Management
  • Yuyun Wang, East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Mingmin Yang, Political Science and International Relations

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Sarah Chang, Piano Performance
  • Kristina Chiu, Biology and EALC 
  • Joseph Krassenstein, Print Journalism and EALC 
  • Jennifer Marr, International Relations (Global Business) and EALC
  • Marisa Tsai, International Relations
  • Tina Tzeng, Business Administration

For information about their proposed activities, visit the EASC Tumblr

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