Washington University in St. Louis and the Taiwan Ministry of Education continue their partnership to attract and educate highly talented students to pursue their PhD.


Taiwan Ministry of Education Fellowship

Applications open in late fall. Students can learn more about the fellowship and apply on the Taiwan Ministry of Education website.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2023, 11:59 PM CST

Since 2012, the Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) and Washington University have jointly supported more than 50 PhD students in the Taiwan MOE-WashU Fellowship in a range of programs such as biomedical sciences, engineering and applied sciences, and various social sciences. After graduation, the students have gone on to positions in academia, industry and government across the world. Download the Taiwan MOE WashU pdf.

Fellowship impact


Total recipients and PhD candidates supported since 2012


Students per year provided with tuition and stipend support


Increase in Taiwanese PhD candidates to WashU since 2012

One of the keys to the success of this partnership is the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. This unique program was launched by Washington University in 2005 to support top international graduate students and to facilitate collaborations with international universities. Over its more than 15 year history, the McDonnell Academy has enrolled more than 25 students from Taiwan as McDonnell Scholars, and over 20 of these students were also MOE fellows. The McDonnell Academy provides leadership training and a strong network of Scholars and institutions from across the globe including National Taiwan University and National Yan Ming Chiao Tung University  Washington University faculty with deep ties to Taiwan serving as ‘Ambassadors’ to help advance this mission, such as Prof. Tuan-Hua David Ho and Prof. Jr-Shin Li

Washington University is very proud of this partnership and what it has achieved. The program has been a great success for everyone involved – most of all the students. It has created the opportunity for many students to pursue their education and ultimately make important contributions to society.

Laura Benoist
Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy at WashU

Meet our Taiwan MOE-WashU Fellows

Taiwan Ministry of Education-Washington University Fellows are part of an elite cohort of scholars from across disciplines. Fellows receive tuition, a monthly living stipend, and an annual travel allowance through joint funding from Washington University in St. Louis and the Taiwan Ministry of Education.