The Yushan Fellow Porgram aims to assist higher education institution in Taiwan to attract the world's elite by providing internationally competitive salaries and benefits so that their expertise can take root in Taiwan's academic environment, and increase the international impact of Taiwan's higher education.
Ⅰ. Eligibility of Yushan Fellow
Applicant must meet one of the following qualifications:
1. Has worked at a leading international research institution or an internationally renowned company for at least 10 years, has an international academic prestige or cutting-edge international expertise in core technology, and has experience in leading an academic or industrial research team.
2. Recipient of a Nobel prize, is a fellow of a national academy, is a fellow of a significant international association, or has received some equivalent recognition.
3. Has made an outstanding contribution to the area of his or her academic or industrial expertise during the past 5 years.
Ⅱ. Eligibility of Yushan Young Fellow
A Yushan Young Fellow is a fellow who was granted his or her highest education certification during the past 10 years, or whose age is less than 45 years old and meets one of the following requirements:
1. Has worked at a leading international research institution or an internationally renowned company for at least 5 years and has development potential.
2. Has experience in conducting significant research projects.
3. Has made an exceptional contribution to the area of his or her academic expertise during the past 5 years.
Yushan Fellows and Yushan Young Fellows must not be current full-time employees (not including personnel whose service duration is less than one year) or retirees at universities or academic research institutions and must not apply for subsidies (flexible salaries) provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
※For application, please visit our Yushan website and contact the host university.
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Ⅰ. Yushan Fellows：
1. Yushan Fellows may receive a nonstatutory salary of up to NT$5 million annually; the nonstatutory salary can be approved once for 3 years. Fellows for short-term exchange are granted nonstatutory salary proportionally according to their service period.
2. Yushan Fellows may receive administrative support grant of up to NT$1.5 million, which can be approved once for 3 years. Fellows for short-term exchange are granted administrative support fees proportionally according to their service period. The fees mentioned can be used for administrative-assistant personnel expenses (including salaries, labor and health insurance expenses, retirement funds, and severance pays) and teaching and research expenses and can be used to pay for a Yushan Fellow's roundtrip airfare for that year. (Business-class roundtrip airfare is the highest amount of roundtrip airfare that can be paid to a Yushan Fellow and the actual amount of airfare should be reported and paid)
Ⅱ. Yushan Young Fellows：
1. Yushan Young Fellows may receive a nonstatutory salary of up to NT$1.5 million annually; the nonstatutory salary can be approved once for 5 years.
2. Yushan Young Fellows may receive administrative support grant of up to NT$1.5 million, which can be approved once for 5 years. The fees mentioned can be used for administrative-assistant personnel expenses (including salaries, labor and health insurance expenses, retirement funds, and severance pay) and teaching and research expenses and for paying for a Yushan Young Fellow's roundtrip airfare once per year. (Business-class roundtrip airfare is the highest amount of roundtrip airfare that can be paid to a Yushan Young Fellow and the actual amount of airfare should be reported and paid)
3. Besides Yushan Fellows and Yushan Young Fellows, for the fellows with an exceptional contribution to the area of their academic expertise and appointed and received additional wages by the host universities from Higher Education SPROUT Project or other self-raising funds (please state clearly in the application plan), MOE will offer additional administration and operation fees. The fees mentioned above can be used for administrative-assistant personnel expenses (including salaries, labor and health insurance costs, retirement funds, and severance pay) and teaching and research expenses and for paying for a Yushan Young Fellow's roundtrip airfare for that year.
The fees mentioned are current expenditures. Other types of fees should be handled according to the directions for MOE subsidies and funding and the stipulation for central government expenses.
Ⅰ. Quota allocation methods：
1. Universities obtained Part I (implementing teaching innovation, developing university features, enhancing higher education publicity, fulfilling university social responsibility, and making resources more public) subsidy of more than NT$50 million for the Higher Education SPROUT Project. According to the ratio of each discipline within research centers and the funding for Part I and Part II of the Higher Education SPROUT Project, the quota for the applicant universities will be approved according to the class interval; the funding for other universities will be approved on an annual basis according to the policy of the MOE.
2.The calculation method for the quota of units is as follows: Yushan Fellows are one unit, whereas Yushan Young Fellows are one-third of a unit.
3.Those who do not apply in the current year will be deemed to have given up their application quota. For applications disapproved by MOE, their application quota of units will not be returned to the university. Universities can continue to use the pre-approved places by MOE before 2020 until the places are exhausted.
4.Yushan (Young) Fellows who applied for the subsequent term can be excluded from the allocated quota by MOE for the current year.
Ⅱ. Review method：
1. An application is reviewed once a year following the academic year schedule.
2. A review committee is established. One convener for each of six fields (i.e., humanities and arts, social sciences, science, medicine, engineering, and life science and agriculture) is determined. Each convener recommends reviewers and expert fellows. Anonymous reviewers review each application.
Ⅲ. Notes for review：
1. Experience and achievements of the candidate the university propose to appoint (significant academic contributions, details of academic awards received, crucial research findings, curriculum vitae, and publications; Yushan Fellows, please offer the publications in recent ten years and Yushan Young Fellows, please provide the publications in the last five years.)
2. The proposed appointee's future research topics and their relevance to the university's development and the anticipated benefits (including Higher Education SPROUT Project):
(1) The fellow's research plans and associated goals
(2) The fellow's research topics and their relevance to the university's development (including Higher Education SPROUT Project)
(3) The fellow's specific approach to their research work
(4) Expected benefits (expected quantitative or qualitative results)
3. The university provides supportive measures and arrangements (e.g., research expenses and equipment, personnel expenses for research assistants, accommodation and moving expenses, and assistance with children's education; these expenses can be paid by using self-fundraising funds by the university or using subsidies by government agencies). Any related supporting measures implemented in collaboration with enterprises, such as laboratory facilities, co-established research and development teams, or funding, shall be explained in detail.
4. Provision of pay reasonableness (e.g., the evaluation method for the university's application for MOE's subsidizing nonstatutory salary and administrative and operating expenses; the university is required to provide details on the provision of the statutory salary)
5. Teamwork formation (if a Yushan Fellow is appointed, he or she should form a research team with teaching and research members at the university; the team members should include associate and assistant professors or postdoctoral researchers; by contrast, if a Yushan Young Fellow is appointed, no details about teamwork formation are required)
Ⅳ. Review criteria：
Regarding academic capacity, a Yushan Fellow should have the ability to win the "academic award" from the MOE; a Yushan young fellow should have the ability or potential to win "Ta-You Wu Memorial Award" from the Ministry of Science and Technology. Moreover, a Yushan Fellow who has made significant contributions in industrial research and development must possess the ability to win the National Award for Distinguished Contribution to Industry–Academia Cooperation from the MOE and meet one of the following requirements:
1. His or her professional technique should be "internationally competitive" or significantly influence industrial development at the national level.
2. His or her professional technique can be combined with the particular advantages of the university or the place. The university provides supportive measures and cooperates with the industry (enterprise) team.
Ⅰ. Project schedule：
Subsidies are approved every three years for Yushan Fellows and every five years for Yushan Young Fellows. The subsequent subsidy can be applied for at the end of the implementation period (limited to one time at most). Fellows with subsidized administrative support grant will have the same schedule as Yushan (Young) Fellows and cannot apply for subsequent subsidies after the implementation period.
Ⅱ. Yushan (Young) Fellows who are subsidized by this program should submit the report according to the following schedule (fellows who received additionally funding for administrative support grant should do the same)：
1. Annual performance report: this report should be submitted and uploaded to the program website.
2. Mid-term report: Yushan Fellows should submit the report at the end of the first year of implementation, and Yushan Young Fellows can submit the report at the end of the second year of implementation. This report can submit alongside the annual performance report.
3. The final report: Yushan (Young) Fellows will be submitted this report alongside the application for the subsequent term six months before the program's expiry. Yushan (Young) Fellows who do not intend to apply for renewal and fellows who are additionally subsidized for administrative support grant should submit the report when the program period expires.
Ⅲ. Review methods for reports：
1. After administrative review, the annual performance report will be published on the program website.
2. A review committee will review the mid-term report. Each of six fields (i.e., humanities and arts, social sciences, science, medicine, engineering, and life sciences and agriculture) should have a convener and reviewers.
3. The conveners and expert fellows in each field that MOE invites will review the final report and the subsequent application. Yushan (Young) Fellows who do not intend to apply for renewal and fellows who are additionally subsidized for administrative support grant should submit the final report based on the deadline of the annual performance report.
4. The review focuses on the research, teaching and service performance of fellows, as well as the original goals of the application plan and the implementation of the support mechanism of the host university.
Ⅳ. The review results：
1. The mid-term report: For Yushan (Young) Fellows who fail to meet the anticipated outcome, relevant improvement will be required based on the reviewers' comments. The modification should be examined as one of the review items when assessing the final report and the subsequent application. In addition, it will be used as a reference for the MOE's next allocation of the university's application quota. For fellows who are additionally subsidized for administrative support grant, the MOE will adjust the amount of the remaining program subsidy accordingly.
2. The final report: For Yushan (Young) Fellows and the application for renewal at the same time, which will be the reference basis for the approval of the subsequent funding of the Ministry. MOE will decide the approval three months before the expiry of the term of employment; for the fellows who have not applied for renewal or additional administrative and operating expenses, it will be used as a reference for the subsequent allocation of the university's application places by the MOE.
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