By Marion Ali
The Republic of China (Taiwan), is offering scholarships for 2016 to 31 Belizean students who wish to further their education and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The government is offering scholarships from two separate soures : the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and will allow Belizeans to attend an undergraduate or graduate program of their choice at universities in Taiwan at the start of the new school year in September.
The embassy says there will be eight Bachelor, 21 Master and 2 PhD programs open for application, and all are full scholarships that are accompanied by round trip economy class air tickets, housing, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance which varies for each study program.
Students who need help in taking a Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP), to improve their communication abilities will have access to this opportunity as well.
The Taiwanese embassy says students who are pursuing degrees will receive a monthly stipend of around US $910, while those who are learning the Mandarin courses will get a stipend of around US $758 to cover the costs of tuition, board and lodging, books and medical insurance.
The award period varies for different study programs. The Undergraduate program runs for a maximum of four years, while the Master’s program runs for a maximum of two years, the Doctoral program goes up to four years. The language program for a year, and any combination of these run for a maximum of five years. The language program must be taken in the first year of studies.
Successful students will need to meet several requirements, including: having good moral character and mental as well as physical health. They must be Belizean citizens who are neither overseas Chinese nor Taiwanese nationals; must possess a high school diploma or higher; must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of three or above.
Successful applicants must also be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old; not currently enrolled at any educational institution in Taiwan for the same study program that he/she intends to take for a Taiwan Scholarship; and cannot be an exchange student between an international university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan at the time of receiving a Taiwanese scholarship.
Candidates must also not be applying for a study program leading to the same-level degree as previously undertaken under the Taiwan scholarship program; and cannot be someone who has received a Taiwan scholarship for more than five years.
In addition, students must not have had a Taiwanese scholarship award previously that was revoked; and cannot be a current recipient of a scholarship or subsidy being offered by any other government or educational institutions in Taiwan.
Aspiring students who work in governmental agencies in Belize must submit the approval letter issued from their working agencies along with their applications, which must be submitted personally. Females who are pregnant and whose child will not be born before August, 2016, or those, if any, who test positive for HIV, will not be accepted. Aspiring students who suffer from serious non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, will be seriously considered.
Applicants whose applications are accepted will be notified by the embassy, and will be expected to take part in formal interview, to be set, based on the programs.
Applicants are required to submit the completed Taiwan Scholarship application form, along with a medical report issued within the past three months, a photocopy of the highest-level diploma and an original complete grade transcript, both certified by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs in Belmopan. Prospective graduates in June will need to submit the original school letter and transcript certified by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs in Belmopan.
Students applying for the language course must submit their documents for admission to a Mandarin Training Center and the next-stage university/college. Their forms must clearly indicate the exact academic years they would be enrolled full-time at these two institutions, and the study periods for these two programs must be consecutive.
Three letters of recommendation, along with a photocopy of the student’s passport or other nationality certificates must also be included, and applicants need to apply for admission to the university/college of their choice before the deadline for application for the university/college. The embassy advises that selection priority will be given to those who have successfully secured admission to a university/college.
The deadlines is March 18 to apply for ICDF scholarships and March 31 for MOFA scholarships.
Documents must be submitted to: Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), #20 North Park Street, Belize City.
The embassy informs that it will not accept late and incomplete applications. Anyone wishing to learn more may contact the embassy at telephone numbers: 227-8744, 223-1862 or by e-mail at [email protected]
The Taiwan Scholarship Application Form and Medical Report may be obtained at the link: http://www.taiwanembassy.org/BZ. Any information about the Taiwan Scholarship may be had at websites: http://www.mofa.gov.tw or http://tafs.mofa.gov.tw or https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw