BACS administers a competitive scholarship programme on behalf of the Taiwan Ministry of Education for nine-month, six-month, and three-month language programmes at approved centres in Taiwan. A monthly stipend of NT$25,000 is provided to cover fees and to contribute to maintenance expenses. For information about approved centres and study in Taiwan, see Chinese Language Centres in Taiwan. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 31st March 2023 at 17:00 BST.
Please read the ‘Notes for Applicants’ and ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ documents carefully before addressing queries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the Education Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K., as appropriate.
All applications must be submitted electronically via email. BACS will send an acknowledgement e-mail to confirm receipt of every application form and reference received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their complete application (including both references) has been received by BACS by the application deadline.
Passing a TOCFL exam at a Band B or higher is a mandatory requirement for entry to Mandarin-taught programmes covered by the Taiwan Scholarship. Registrations for the 2023 TOCFL exams are now open:
A note about eligibility:
The FAQs state that applications are limited to “Those who are over 18 years of age, hold a full UK passport but are not currently studying Mandarin in Taiwan during the scholarship application period; and do not hold or have not held in the past any form of government scholarship in Taiwan.”
We asked for further clarification, and we have been informed that you can apply if you have previously received the Taiwan-Europe Connectivity Scholarship, but only if that scholarship has finished and you are no long receiving any funds or financial benefits from the Taiwanese government and academic institutions. If you are current studying Mandarin in Taiwan or there as an exchange programme you cannot apply, and you cannot apply if you have already studied on a degree programme in Taiwan. If you are currently in Taiwan for personal travel, you are eligible to apply.
To read about the experiences of previous holders of BACS-Taiwan Studentships please see the BACS-Taiwan Studentships Testimonials page.