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Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP)

Application Guide (2018)

Compiled By:
Asad Ali Siyal (TIGP-PhD Scholar)
Niaz Wali Khan (TIGP-PhD Scholar)

Reviewed By:
Shahid Awan (TIGP-PhD Scholar)
Dr. Muhammad Usman (TIGP-Postdoc Scholar)

TIGP, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

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Table of Contents
1. PREFACE: ...................................................................................................................... 3
2. TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAM (TIGP) ................................................ 4
3. ELIGIBILITY (REQUIREMENTS) ........................................................................................ 5
4. SCHOLARSHIP ............................................................................................................... 6
5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE ............................................................................................ 6
6. APPLICATION TIMELINE ................................................................................................. 8
7. PHD PROGRAMS ........................................................................................................... 9
8. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) :...................................................................... 21
9. CONTACT .................................................................................................................... 25

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1. Preface:

This comprehensive guide contains all information related to TIGP-PhD scholarship. The
success in achieving this scholarship solely depends upon your seriousness and dedication.
So it is highly recommended to open TIGP website before applying.

So at least, open TIGP website : www.tigp.sinica.edu.tw

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Please do not contact and bombard Professor’s inbox by sending emails for acceptance
letter etc. As neither acceptance nor professor play any role in TIGP scholarship selection.
The selection process of TIGP is quite simple and completely different from other
scholarships (such as CSC – China etc). All you have to do is check and meet the
requirements, upload all the required documents and submit the online application
form. That’s it!.

For any further assistance you can post your queries at:

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2. Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP)

Introduction

Academia Sinica and Taiwan’s renowned national universities jointly organize Taiwan
International Graduate Program, which provides state-of-the-art educational and research
facilities.

TIGP offers following 12 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree programs. Short detail is explained
here. For more details, please click on the links below to proceed to the program's website
/ brochure.

1. Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics » (CBMB)

2. Molecular Science and Technology » (MST)

3. Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences » (MBAS)

4. Bioinformatics »

5. Molecular and Cell Biology » (MCB)

6. Nano Science and Technology » (NANO)

7. Molecular Medicine » (MM)

8. Earth System Science » (ESS)

9. Biodiversity »

10.Interdisciplinary Neuroscience » (INS)

11.Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology » (SCST)

12.Social Network and Human-Centred Computing » (SNHCC)

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3. Eligibility (Requirements)
Following are the general eligibility requirements for TIGP-PhD Program.

1. Bachelor and/or Master of Science degree


(Remember, TIGP is a very first kind of program that accepts candidates holding
Bachelor degree too for direct admission into its PhD-programs)

2. English proficiency, as demonstrated per

TOEFL – score of at least (select one):


550 paper-based
213 computer-based
79-80 Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL-iBT)

IELTS –
A minimum overall Band Score of 5.5 on the Academic Test, (taken within last 2 years)
(Please refer to the specific admission requirements of your program)

Exemption from the English proficiency requirement:


The test of English proficiency can be exempted for applicants who graduated from
universities where English is the primary language of instruction, if the applicant
provides an official certification issued by the university's office of registrar.
The eligibility of exemption is subject to each program.

3. GRE General test & Subject test (requirements vary by program)


4. Academic transcript for coursework completed post high school.
5. Three (3) letters of reference.
6. Statement of purpose.

Note. It is strongly recommended to candidate’s holding a Bachelor degree to submit GRE


scores while applying to TIGP scholarship, in order to increase their chances.

In addition to the above general TIGP application requirements, please check out program's
website for program-specific requirements.

Please note: For standardized exams listed above (TOEFL; GRE general, GRE subject), our
institution CODE is 7142 and NAME is Academia Sinica.

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4. Scholarship

TIGP offers rigorous, interdisciplinary education at affordable prices. Payments of tuition fees
are due upon registration every semester. Tuition fee varies by program to program. Please
contact your chosen program’s administrator for fees’ guidance.

Once admitted, TIGP candidates receive a stipend of NT$34,000/month (approx. USD1,100)


for the first year. For students who perform well, this stipend will be extended for a further
2 to 3 years. Post the stipend allowance period, further financial support is dependent upon
individual thesis advisors.

5. Application Procedure

Applications can be submitted electronically through the on-line application


system (most recommended) or by post.

1. Online Application Procedure (Recommended)

To apply electronically, you are supposed to create an online account, compile your application
materials, and submit your application in TIGP's online application portal

Here at this link : http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/index.php

If you apply online, you will only need to submit your academic transcripts and test score(s)
(TOEFL/IELTS/GRE) by post. All other materials can be submitted online; after you fill in your
referees' information, your referees will have access to our online recommendation portal.

If your test score is submitted directly from the examination institution (e.g. ETS), our institution CODE
and Name are 7142 and Academia Sinica, respectively.

1. 2. Application by Post Procedure

If you apply by post, please download and complete the application forms bellow:

1. Application Form [MS Word] [PDF]


2. Recommendation Letters [DOC] [PDF]

Please send your application to the following address:

Admissions Office
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Taiwan International Graduate Program
128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang, Taipei 115
Taiwan, R. O. C.

The submitted application materials will not be returned to applicants under any
circumstances. All application materials should be received by TIGP before the deadline.

If there are any questions regarding admissions, please contact TIGP Office at
tigp@gate.sinica.edu.tw ;

For program-specific questions, please contact the program(s) that you wish to apply to.

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6. Application Timeline

a) 31st March (Deadline)


2. Submit TIGP application online
3.
b) Beginning of April
4. Evaluation of applications
5.
c) Mid of April (Interviews)
6. Notification about selection results. The shortlisted candidates
will be invited for an online Skype interview (vary from program to
program)
7.
d) Beginning of May
8. Successful candidates would be notified via email. (Tentative
acceptance)
9. Missing documents would be asked to provide.
10.
e) End of June
11. Successful grantees will receive official award letter. (Final
Acceptance)
12.
f)July to August
13. Visa process, Documents Notarization, Verification, Medical etc.
14.
g) September
15. Arrival to Taiwan
16.

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7. PhD Programs

a) Chemical Biology & Molecular Biophysics (CBMB) program


The Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics Program in Drug Discovery and
Biotechnology – founded by TIGP, Academia Sinica in 2002 – has advanced to one of the best
interdisciplinary programs in Taiwan. In collaboration with leading universities in Taiwan:
National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, the program aims to enhance
scholarly exchanges in order to benefit all parties on their overall research achievements and
to increase the number of research professionals in the field in hopes of promoting the
economic and social development of Taiwan. Over these years, the alumni and alumnae from
CBMB have served in either academic institutions or biotech industry to contribute their
expertise.

The program lays a special emphasis on five research fields, including :


1. Protein chemistry
2. Structural biology
3. Medicinal and biological chemistry
4. Molecular and cell biology
5. key technology.

In addition to categorizing our faculty members and courses, this way reflects the necessary
integration of multiple disciplines involved in today’s biotech development. The core courses
offered by the program are Experimental Molecular Biophysics, Advanced Chemical Biology
I, and Advance Chemical Biology II. Through the training in courses, bench skills and thesis
research, this program intends to offer students with two unique strengths; one is to become
an independent researcher capable of solving problems and the other is to have the vision
and ability to coordinate teamwork.

Contact Details of CBMB Program :

Dr. Chun-Hung Lin 林俊宏研究員


Research Fellow & Associate Director
Coordinator:
CBMB Program Executive Officer
Institute of Biological Chemistry

TEL:
886-2-2785-5696 ext. 8021
Email: chunhung@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://proj1.sinica.edu.tw/~tigpcbmb/
Program Assistant : Elve Lin 林宇霏小姐

TEL:
886-2-2785-5696 ext. 1164
E-mail: elvelin@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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b) Molecular Science & Technology (MST) program
The purpose of this program is to deepen the pool of available researchers in contemporary
multidisciplinary fields important to the future economic and social development of Taiwan.
The program has enhanced both innovation and academic research standards in all related
fields.

The MST program encourages students' independent research capabilities by promoting


problem-solving skills and individual self-confidence through building self-reliance. In this
program, faculty members take turns mentoring first-year students until they formally join a
research group and undertake their thesis study. Students should begin their theses programs
within the first two semesters after admission into the graduate program. Students are asked
to complete a series of requisite courses before embarking on their research. A team-
teaching system forms the core of the MST program, whereby faculty members teach
according to their areas of expertise. Students are expected to undertake both required and
elective courses. All courses are delivered in English.

Contact Details of MST Program :

Dr. Jer-Lai Kuo 郭哲來研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences

TEL:
886-2-2362-4961
Email: jlkuo@pub.iams.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://tigp.iams.sinica.edu.tw/
Program Assistant : Jennifer Ma 馬麗娟小姐

TEL:
886-2-2362-4938
E-mail: jennifer@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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c) Molecular & Biological Agricultural Sciences (MBAS) program
Taiwan's academic interest in agricultural sciences began in earnest about 40 years ago with
a breeding program in Taiwan's local rice varieties. Since then, various life science research
institutes have worked on a wide variety of agricultural projects including crop plant
improvement, aquaculture, and others. At Academia Sinica, the Agricultural BIOtechnology
Research Center, the Institute of Plant and Microbial BIOlogy, the Institute of Cellular and
Organismic BIOlogy, and the Institute of Molecular BIOlogy have, to varying degrees,
developed research projects and graduate programs to address specific issues in specialized
areas of agricultural BIOlogy.

The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in Molecular and BIOlogical Agricultural
Sciences (MBAS) was founded by Academia Sinica in 2003, and is an interdisciplinary program
that works in close partnership with the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU). This
program has built a research and learning environment that inspires young graduate students
to engage in innovative BIO-agriculture studies. From the outset, the intention of this
program has been to train students to employ multi-disciplinary approaches to address
specific and important questions in BIOtechnology and develop emerging technologies or
experimental systems that can contribute to future agricultural BIOtechnology research and
development.

Contact Details of MBAS Program :

Dr. Kuo-Chen Yeh 葉國楨研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Agricultural BIOtechnology Research Center

TEL:
886-2-2787-2056
Email: kcyeh@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://abrc.sinica.edu.tw/mbas/
Program Assistant : Jennifer Wu 吳泓欣小姐

TEL:
886-2-2652-2928
E-mail: mbastigp@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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d) Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) program
The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in “Molecular and Cell Biology” (MCB) is
sponsored by the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Academia Sinica in cooperation with
the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), National Defense Medical Center. It is a multi-discipline,
integrative graduate program, reflecting the trend of integrating the major fields of modern
basic biology. Faculty of the MCB program consists of top researchers in Taiwan. Research
interests cover a wide range of biological questions and experimental systems. This graduate
program aims to provide solid training to Ph.D. students for a future career in basic and
applied research in modern biology. Academia Sinica provides an international environment,
which is culturally rich and intellectually stimulating. English is used for courses, seminars and
discussions. Most of the labs have experience in hosting international scholars, postdocs, or
students.

Contact Details of MCB Program :

Dr. Wen-Lian Hsu 蔡宜芳研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Institute of Molecular BIOlogy

TEL:
886-2-2789-9198
Email: yftsay@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://www.imb.sinica.edu.tw/mcb/
Program Assistant : Jessica Shih 石曉華 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2789-9972
E-mail: jshih@imb.sinica.edu.tw
Program Assistant : Linda Chen 陳曉恬 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2789-9980
E-mail: hsiao0703@imb.sinica.edu.tw

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e) Bioinformatics (BIO) program
The TIGP Program on BIOinformatics (BP) is a joint-degree program sponsored by Academia
Sinica (Institute of Information Science, Institute of Statistical Science, and Institute of
BIOmedical Sciences), National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University and
National Yang Ming University. Additional teaching support is available from other major
research universities in Taiwan. Unlike most BIOinformatics programs offered in other
universities that adopt existing courses in various departments, our courses are specifically
designed for BP students and taught by active and experienced researchers in BIOinformatics.
The program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities that seamlessly
integrate related areas so that students are well-prepared for independent research in new
and fascinating areas of BIOinformatics. We focus on genomic and proteomic studies with an
emphasis on data transfer, data analysis, BIOlogical information and BIOlogical feature
extraction, as well as knowledge management using advanced computation methodologies
and computer science technology.

Contact Details of BIO Program :

Dr. Wen-Lian Hsu 許聞廉特聘研究員兼所長


Director, IEEE Fellow
Coordinator:
Distinguished Research Fellow
Institute of Information Science,

TEL:
886-2-2788-3799 ext. 2202
Email: hsu@iis.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://tigpbp.iis.sinica.edu.tw/tigpBIO/
Program Assistant : Rebecca Wu 吳純儀小姐

TEL:
886-2-2788-3799 ext. 2356
tigp.BIO@gmail.com
E-mail:
awu@iis.sinica.edu.tw

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f) Nano Science & Technology (NANO) program
The Nano Science and Technology graduate program offers specialist training and research
opportunities to Ph.D. students interested in: the characterization of nano-materials and
nanostructures, new nano-materials and structures, theoretical modeling, nano-device
engineering, and nano-BIOtechnology. Academia Sinica offers this program in collaboration
with two of Taiwan’s most prestigious universities, National Taiwan University and National
Tsing Hua University. The Nano Science and Technology program has three sub-programs.
These are either physics, chemistry, or engineering oriented. Student admissions to the Nano
Science and Technology Program are limited to twenty graduate students annually. The
majority of entrants are international students. There are, however, up to 10 places available
every year for suitably qualified Taiwan nationals. As with all TIGP studies, courses are
conducted in English only and participants must meet the minimum English standards for
entry into each program. Students can elect to do their thesis research with faculty from TIGP
affiliate research universities. Please see the diagram below for selection numbers by sub-
program.

Contact Details of NANO Program :

Dr. Chia-Seng Chang 張嘉升研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Institute of Physics

TEL:
886-2-2789-6722
Email: jasonc@phys.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://www.phys.sinica.edu.tw/TIGP-NANO/
Program Assistant : Flora Wu 吳亮慧 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2789-8794
E-mail: lhwu@phys.sinica.edu.tw

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g) Molecular Medicine (MM) program
The Molecular Medicine Ph.D. program is administered jointly by the Institute of BIOmedical
Sciences, Academia Sinica and the School of Life Science, National Yang Ming University. This
program offers over 100 faculty members specializing in both fundamental research and
advanced technological development. The Molecular Medicine program utilizes its very close
collaboration among the research community at various institutes of Academia Sinica as well
as its close ties with clinicians at major medical centers throughout Taiwan. The program is
designed to offer specific trainings and research opportunities to Ph.D. students who are
interested in working at the frontier of BIOmedical science.

Contact Details of MM Program :

Dr. Sheau-Yann Shieh 謝小燕研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Institute of BIOmedical Sciences

TEL:
886-2-2652-3916
Email: sy88@ibms.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://www.ibms.sinica.edu.tw/mmp/
Program Assistant : Megan Huang黃秋惠小姐

TEL:
886-2-2789-9114
E-mail: tigpmmp@ibms.sinica.edu.tw

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h) Earth System Science (ESS) program
Earth System Science welcomes young inquisitive minds to join us through our Ph.D. program
in exploring and understanding the endlessly complex and interesting phenomena that
govern Earth’s systems. Earth System Science focuses on our understanding of the
interdependence and interconnectedness of Earth’s fundamental systems from the
lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and BIOsphere through to chemical, physical, and
BIOlogical systems. These systems are all viewed in the context of dynamic processes that
extend over spatial scales ranging from sub-micron to planetary, and time scales of less than
a second to billions of years. The phenomena involved are frequently not only intellectually
challenging but also socio-economically relevant and significant. At Academia Sinica, faculty
research interests are far ranging, including the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere,
anthropological effects on Earth’s climate both regionally and globally, changes to the
BIOgeochemistry of the ocean in response to increased atmospheric CO2, the effects of
atmospheric processes on ocean BIOgeochemistry, changes in fluvial input to oceans due to
climate change, the physical and chemical processes that govern the dynamic evolution of
the solid Earth, processes occurring within the lithosphere, especially those operating around
subduction zones, within orogenic belts, and in the lower part of the continental crust, the
mechanism and wave propagation of earthquakes, transport and fate of atmospheric
pollutants, and the health risks of environmental contaminants.

Contact Details of MM Program :

Dr. Huang-Hsiung Hsu 許晃雄研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Research Center for Environmental Changes

TEL:
886-2-2787-1935
Email: hhhsu@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://www.rcec.sinica.edu.tw/tigp-ess//
Program Assistant : Yuwen Chen 陳郁玟小姐

TEL:
886-2-2653-9885 ext. 851
E-mail: tigpess@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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i) Biodiversity (BIODIV) program
Over the past two centuries, global industrialization and the explosive growth of the human
population have greatly accelerated extinction of the Earth’s species. This rapid decline in
BIOlogical diversity is a great threat to the continuing survival of the species that remain,
including humans, because it disturbs the balance of ecosystems. BIOmedical and agricultural
sciences also rely on natural products, successful exploitation and management of
BIOdiversity is directly linked to human welfare. There are a great number of government
agencies and non-governmental organizations devoted to raising public awareness and
improving policy on BIOdiversity. Society has a pressing need to increase the supply of well-
trained scientists in relevant fields who can work on these issues.

The TIGP BIOdiversity Program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring young scientists to
receive multidisciplinary training. The diverse ecosystems and the large number of endemic
species in Taiwan are invaluable resources for the study of BIOdiversity. In addition, the
strong research teams in Academia Sinica and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)
provide students with a broad range of expertise in areas such as ecology, evolution, genetics,
statistics, and socio-economics. We expect our graduates to contribute to basic research that
improves our understanding of BIOlogical diversity in Taiwan and the surrounding areas, and
ultimately, to influence public policies for the conservation and sustainability of BIOlogical
resources.

Contact Details of BIODIV Program :

Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li 李文雄院士


Coordinator: Director/Distinguished Research Fellow
BIOdiversity Research Center

TEL:
886-2-2787-2256
Email: whli@sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://BIOdiv.sinica.edu.tw/TIGP-BP/
Program Assistant : Jane Wu 吳莉珍小姐

TEL:
886-2-2787-2234
E-mail: tigpBIOdiv@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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j) Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (INS) program
The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (INS) graduate program welcomes highly motivated and
energetic Ph.D. students dedicated to the integrated study of neuroscience. This
revolutionary approach to neuroscience incorporates chemistry, molecular and cellular
BIOlogy, physiology, imaging, and computer science to discover the causes and explore
efficacious treatments of neurological and psychiatric disorders. To this end, the
Neuroscience Program of Academia Sinica (NPAS) teamed with the School of Life Sciences at
National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) in 2013 and the Institute of Clinical Medicine of
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in 2014 to develop an INS Ph.D. level program. This
program trains students in how to approach neuroscience research using a multidisciplinary
approach. This on campus program stresses the importance of collaboration and interactivity
among colleagues to produce better outcomes in neuroscience research. INS has expanded
its repertoire to include research into cell and molecular neuroBIOlogy, clinical medicine,
systems neuroscience, neural imaging and engineering, and cognitive and computational
neuroscience. A diverse yet advanced curriculum is offered from these three campuses to
enrich the learning process. Students are encouraged to initiate and participate in
collaborative research projects among labs of different disciplines. In combination with
seminars, symposia, and retreats, INS provides an active and flexible learning environment to
help students reach their highest potential.

Contact Details of INS Program :

Dr. Cheng-Ting Chien 簡正鼎特聘研究員


Coordinator: Distinguished Research Fellow
Institute of Molecular BIOlogy

TEL:
886-2-2788-3562
Email: ctchien@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://npas.programs.sinica.edu.tw/ins/index.html
Program Assistant : Ya-Jen Cheng 鄭雅仁小姐

TEL:
886-2-2787-3281
E-mail: yajen@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Assistant : Vira Yang 楊榮敏 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2787-3282
E-mail: tigpins@gate.sinica.edu.t

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k) Sustainable Chemical Science & Technology (SCST) program
There are three main research areas in the international Ph.D. program of Sustainable
Chemical Science and Technology (SCST), namely sustainable materials, sustainable life
science, and sustainable catalyst & synthesis. Ph.D. students who are interested in the
following topics are strongly encourage to apply SCST: the development of optoelectronic
materials and their application in sustainable energy creation; the construction of
supramolecular materials for recognition, self-assembly, and identification of chemical
species; new drug development for human diseases; the understanding of disease
mechanisms; the study of in cell structures and functions; the development of BIOsensors;
green technologies and organic synthesis; energy related catalysis; and technologies for
environmental monitoring and recovery. Academia Sinica provides this program in
collaboration with National Chiao Tung University. Students can undertake their thesis
research with faculty whose principal appointments are either at Academia Sinica or at
National Chiao Tung University. Like all other Ph.D. programs in TIGP, a reasonable level of
English proficiency is necessary for all applicants including foreign students (up to 20 people
per year) and Taiwanese students (up to 10 people per year).

Contact Details of SCST Program :

Dr. Chin-Ti Chen 陳錦地研究員


Coordinator: Research Fellow
Institute of Chemistry

TEL:
886-2-2789-8542
Email: chintchen@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://tigp-scst.chem.sinica.edu.tw/
Program Assistant : Elyse Huang 黃文君 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2789-8510
E-mail: elyse@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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l) Social Networks & Human-Centered Computing (SNHCC) program
The Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing (SNHCC) program welcomes Ph.D.
students interested in researching the many new and important advances in technology and
their applications in recent years. The program is offered by Academia Sinica in collaboration
with National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and National Chengchi University (NCCU). The
SNHCC program offers Ph.D. level studies aimed at strengthening our level of academic
understanding over the incredibly fast-paced advances in social-networks and human-
centered computing that have occurred in recent times and the potential for further
innovation in this space. Taiwan is a hub of social-networking and computing not just in Asia
but the world over. It is the perfect location for understanding how technological innovation
is unfolding globally and the implications this will have for present and future generations.
Academia Sinica, NTHU, and NCCU are able to provide the resources and faculty necessary
for undertaking this important cutting-edge research.

This program is aimed at young domestic and international students. Graduate students of
computer science and engineering are encouraged to apply. The program has a special focus
on both the technological aspects of advances in computer technology and the sociological
aspects. Ph.D. level studies are offered with a special focus on natural language processing
and information retrieval, data mining, multimedia, human-centered computing, and human-
computer interaction in the field of computer science along with sociology, communication,
and the psychology of behavioral and social sciences. All courses are conducted in English
only.

Contact Details of SNHCC Program :

Dr. Mark Liao 廖弘源特聘研究員


Coordinator: Distinguished Research Fellow
Institute of Information Science

TEL:
886-2-2788-3799 ext. 1811
Email: liao@iis.sinica.edu.tw
Program Website: http://tigpsnhcc.iis.sinica.edu.tw/
Program Assistant : Chia-chien Hsiao 蕭佳倩 小姐

TEL:
886-2-2788-3799 ext. 2303
E-mail: tigp.snhcc@gmail.com

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8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

I. When and how can I apply?

All applications for admission are due no later than March 31st every year. Students admitted
will be enrolled in the subsequent fall semester.

Application can be submitted through the on-line application system


at: http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/index.php (recommended)

or by post to:
Admissions Office
Taiwan International Graduate Program
128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang, Taipei 115
Taiwan, R.O.C.

II. In how many programs I can apply?

TIGP offer twelve (12) interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. While applying to TIGP you can mention
three (3) disciplines of your interest according to your preferences. After evaluation of your
credentials you would be placed in the program you would be ideal for.

To learn more about TIGP-PhD programs, please proceed toprograms’ websites.

III. Is there any scholarship opportunity/fellowship support?

Yes.
TIGP provides fellowship support of NT$34,000 (about US$1,133) per month for all graduate
students during the first year of their enrollment. The support will be extended for another two
years upon evidence of satisfactory progress towards the degree. In subsequent years, the
financial support will be provided by the student’s thesis advisor. The amount of the support
will be at the discretion of the advisor.

IV. What type of degree should I have to be eligible to apply?

A candidate with a bachelor’s (B.S.) and/or master’s (M.S.) degree are eligible
to apply. While most TIGP programs/partner universities in TIGP do accept
applicants with only a BS degree, applicants are strongly advised to check out

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detailed requirements stated on programs’ websites to verify their eligibility for
application.

V. Can I apply as a fourth-year undergraduate student / BS degree


holder?

Yes.
Most programs/partner universities in TIGP do indeed accept applicants with only a BS
degree.
For more details of a specific program's requirements, please proceed to the programs’
websites and brochures available in General Information.

Application can be submitted through the on-line application system at:


http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/index.php before March 31, 2016.

VI. I have not yet obtained my diploma/degree certificate. Can I


submit it later?

If you are currently a student who will graduate in June, 2016, in the Education Background
section in the online application system, please choose the "will be obtained" option and
fill in your expected month/year of diploma obtainment (e.g. 06/2016). Once you are
conferred the diploma, we would strongly encourage you to send an electronic scanned file
of your diploma to the program secretary as soon as possible to supplement your
application.

VII. Do criteria for admission vary from program to program?

Yes. Programs may differ in their standardized test score requirements (English
proficiency; GRE subject exam scores) as well as in other detailed criteria. Please
check out program's website for program-specific requirements as you prepare
your application.

VIII. Is there any application fee?

No. TIGP requires no application fee.

IX. How much research experience do I need to apply?

To apply for admission, there is no set requirement for research experience. In


some cases, demonstrated research experience (e.g., in publications or other
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supporting documentation) generally, may serve to strengthen a candidate's
application profile.

X. Is TOEFL/IELTS required? Do I need to submit any standardized


test score(s)?

Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to take a test of English
proficiency as part of the application procedure. One of the following language test scores
must be provided for application. Please note that test scores submitted must be taken
within the past two years.

TOEFL IELTS GEPT


Internet-based (iBT) 79 5.5* high-intermediate level
Computer-based (CBT) 213
Paper-based (PBT) 550

*The minimum IELTS requirement for Bioinformatics Program is 6.0.

XI. Can I be exempted from the above English standadrized test if I


don’t have?

Yes. The test of English proficiency can be exempted for applicants who graduated from
universities where English is the primary language of instruction, if the applicant provides
an official certification issued by the university's office of registrar. *The eligibility of
exemption is subject to each program.

XII. If I submit a proof on the medium of instruction from university


registrar and upload it online, do I still need to submit it by
post?

If your proof of English proficiency is a university registrar's statement on the medium of


instruction, you do not need to submit the document by post. Please scan the document
and upload it in the "Test Score" section of your online application.

XIII. How I have to send my recommendation letters?

You just have to write the details of your referee in recommendation letters section of the
TIGP-online portal. Once you complete it, your referees will receive an email. They

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themselves have to upload recommendation letters on the given portal.

XIV. My referee has not received a notification email from TIGP office,
what should I do?

In your list of referees, there should be a mailbox icon (along with other icons) at the
bottom left of each referee. If you would like to send another recommendation
username/password notification email to your referee, you may click on the icon to request
the system to do so.

XV. Can my referees send their letters by email or by post?

If you apply electronically through our application portal (http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/ ),


after you fill in your referees' information in your application, your referees will be
immediately notified and guided to TIGP's online recommendation portal. We highly
suggest that applicants and referees make use of our online system, as the electronic form
is more economically efficient and is exempt from delivery failure/delay that might possibly
occur in post delivery.

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9. Contact

Official contact details:


In case of any official queries, please contact :

Ms. Nicole Chen


Department of International Affairs
TIGP-IIP Administrative Team
Academia Sinica, Taiwan,
Tel: 886-2-2787-1405
tigpsip@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Ms. Huan-Yi Shen


TIGP Office
Academia Sinica, Taiwan,
Tel: 886-2-2789-8050
tigp@gate.sinica.edu.tw ,
huanyishen@gate.sinica.edu.tw

TIGP website : http://tigp.sinica.edu.tw

General Contact Details:

In case of any further general queries, post your queries at :

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