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DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS SERVICE FELLOWSHIP

What?
Unlike the Dissertation Fellowship and the Postdoctoral Fellowship, which are designed for academic research, the Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship is not limited to academic research. Those applicants who are interested in pursuing projects with a more practical focus are strongly encouraged to apply for this fellowship. Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellows may reside in Taiwan for up to one year to engage in projects designed to promote Taiwan’s democratic and human rights development. Applicants are encouraged to form relationships with organizations and institutions dealing with democracy and human rights issues based in Taiwan. The TFD hopes that Democracy and Human Rights Fellows can both make substantial contributions to democracy and human rights in Taiwan and take valuable knowledge with them back to their own countries.

Who?
Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship applicants should possess an MA or equivalent in a field relevant to the proposed project at the time of application, as well as have at least two years of relevant work experience. When submitting an application for a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship, please remember that in making its final decision, the TFD considers the relevance of the proposed project topic to the mission of the TFD, the potential contributions that the project can make to the field of human rights or democracy, and the experience and qualifications of the applicant. As the Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship is designed for foreign scholars and practitioners, Taiwanese citizens are not eligible to apply.

Application?
All Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowship applicants are required to fill out a complete application form, which can be downloaded from this webpage. If the TFD is considering accepting a particular applicant, the TFD will contact the applicant to arrange a time to conduct a phone interview. While in Taiwan, Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellows are required to submit a progress report to the TFD every two months. Progress reports must be submitted in writing on a form provided by the TFD, although additional oral reports at the TFD are allowed. All Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellows are required to submit a final, written report to the TFD, and may be asked to give a final, public presentation, depending on the nature of the project. Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellows are expected to consult with TFD staff about any major changes in their research plans, and to update the TFD staff regarding any travel plans during their fellowships. The TFD also requires all Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellows to acknowledge the TFD in all publications that result from their fellowship research.

More information?
More information can be found on the website of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

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