Yushan Scholar Program Q & A
Yushan Scholar Program Q & A
Q1: How do I apply to become a Yushan scholar or Yushan young scholar?
A: Please consult your institution. You will need to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Education (hereinafter the Ministry) through the institution.
Q2: When will my application be reviewed? On which date will the results be announced?
A: The quota of Yushan (young) scholars are divided into predetermined quota applications and regular applications. The review process of regular applications is performed once per year. Such applications are accepted normally from April on, and the review results are announced in July. Predetermined quota applications are reviewed anytime they are received, and the review results are announced as per situation.
Q3: What information should be submitted to apply for becoming a Yushan (young) scholar?
A: The applicant (the university) must first complete the application form in Mandarin through the Yushan platform and submit it. Both printed (10 copies) and electronic (1 copy) versions of the application in both Mandarin and English should also be submitted to the MOE or HEEACT. In addition, the applicant should submit a list that records all applications (since a university may apply more than one application.) The applicants of Yushan young scholars must also submit two recommendation letters.
Q4: Who is eligible for becoming a Yushan (young) scholar?
(1) A Yushan scholar must fulfill one of the following criteria:
1. Having served in a top international academic research institution or an internationally renowned company for at least 10 years, having earned favorable reputation in the international academic community or possessing world-leading core technology, and having experience in leading academic research teams.
2. Having won the Nobel Prize, served as an academician in a national-level institution or a research fellow in an essential international association, or won prizes of equivalent levels.
3. Having made significant contributions to academia or industry in the past 5 years.
(2) A Yushan young scholar must fulfill one of the following criteria within 10 years after receiving the highest education degree:
1. Having served in a top international academic research institution or an internationally renowned company for at least 5 years and demonstrated development potential.
2. Having experience in executing major research projects.
3. Having made significant academic contributions to the respective field in the past 5 years.
Note: A Yushan scholar or a Yushan young scholar must not be a current employee (excluding contract employees for special projects) or retiree of higher education institutions or academic research institutions in Taiwan and must not apply for grants (i.e., flexible wage) from the Ministry.
Q5: What subsidies are provided for Yushan scholars and Yushan young scholars?
A: In addition to the statutory salary, each Yushan scholar receives at most NT$5 million from the Ministry each year, and the grant is approved for 3 years. If the scholar is in a short-term exchange program, the grant is provided in proportion to the amount of service time. The scholar may also receive at most NT$1.5 million of administration and operation grants per year, and the grant is approved for 3 years. Regarding Yushan young scholars, they receive at most NT$1.5 million from the Ministry in addition to the statutory salary, and the grant is approved for 5 years. Moreover, each scholar may receive at most NT$1.5 million of administration and operation grants per year, and the grant is approved for 5 years.
Q6: May I apply to become a Yushan scholar or young scholar again after my term ends?
A: The terms of a Yushan scholar and young scholar are 3 and 5 years, respectively, and respective grants are provided during the term. Scholars who wish to renew their term should achieve favorable performance and undergo quantitative evaluation by their institution. The evaluation result will serve as a reference for term renewal.
Q7: Must a short-term exchange scholar continuously stay with the contracted institution for 3 months?
A: No, only the accumulated service time of the scholar within the academic year must fulfill the total service time required by the exchange program.