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Ph.D. Program in Tropical Agriculture

  1. Introduction of Program

The curriculum is grouped into three major categories: Tropical Agricultural Resource Planning; Production and Management of Tropical Agricultural Resources; and Conservation and Utilization of Tropical Agriculture Resources.

Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Rural Planning, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Forestry, Wood Industry, Aquaculture, Food Science, Agribusiness Management and Wildlife Conservation are the focus areas. Except for required courses, the selective courses will be tailor-made upon the request of major professor(s) on specific topics for the student.

A minimum of 18 credits in the courses and 12 credits in Ph.D. dissertation must be completed.

  1. Qualification

Applicants who have completed his/her master’s degree in agriculture or related fields at public or registered private universities and independent colleges, or foreign universities and colleges approved by the ROC (Taiwan) Ministry of Education.

Applicants from countries where English is not the native language are required to take the TOEFL or equivalent English-proficiency verifications.

  1. Admission

        • Source of Funding for the Scholarship Program

The scholarship programs, funded by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), provide three-year scholarship to foreign agriculturists for studying under the Ph.D. program from September 2012 through July 2015. If a scholarship recipient registers later than September 2012, the scholarship shall be provided on the basis of the actual date of registration or graduates earlier than July 2015, the scholarship shall be provided on the basis of the actual date of registration or graduation.

        • Program Duration

It is a policy that the duration for the Ph.D. program is from September 2012 to July 2015. Students, who have successfully completed and passed, and have passed oral exam for dissertation, and minimum TOEFL CBT score of 200 or equivalent English-proficiency verifications shall receive the “Doctor of Philosophy” degree from the Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation, College of International Studies by NPUST.

        • Application Procedures

The following items must be submitted with the application when applying to the NPUST:

  1. Application form (see Attachment 1).

  2. One photocopy of diploma with verification by the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy in the country of the issuing university (English or Chinese verified copy is also necessary if the original diploma is not in either language).

  3. One official transcript with verification by the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy in the country of the issuing university (English or Chinese verified copy is also necessary if the original diploma is not in either language).

  4. Medical report within 3 months, which must include test for HIV as required by the Department of Health.

  5. Three recommendation letters. Please indicate the affiliations of those who make the recommendations.

  6. One autobiography.

  7. One research plan which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Title -- Delineating the research area to be conducted.

  • Introduction -- Stating the results of literature reviews as well as stating student's background, personal interest, strengths and weaknesses, if any

  • Objective -- Stating specifically the purpose of this research.

  • Action plans -- Specifying the supportive research activities to be carried out to accomplish the objective as specified above

  • Anticipated results -- Stating the results that can be anticipated in conducting the action plans listed above

  • References -- Listing pertinent references, if any

  1. Evidence of English proficiency -- if applicants are from countries where English is not the native language.

No application with missing articles or incomplete forms will be accepted by the NPUST. No late submission or any make-up action for the deficiency in the application will be accepted.

        • Notification of Admission and Registration

  1. After being reviewed and selected by the Foreign Student Application Evaluation Committee, names of the candidates will be recommended to the President of NPUST for final approval.

  2. After being notified of admission, students must complete registration procedures within the specified time. Late registration will not be accepted.

  3. If information found to be untrue or falsified, said student shall be denied of admission.

  4. After registration, students must provide an original diploma. English translation must accompany the original diploma, should it not be written in English.

        • Scope of Scholarship

          1. Entitlements: The total scholarship, including airfare (a one-way ticket per annum), housing, tuition, credit fees, insurance, book costs and a monthly allowance will be provided to each student. The scholarship is itemized as follows:

    1. Airfare -- The TaiwanICDF shall provide economy class tickets on the most direct flights to Taiwan and leave Taiwan (after the completion of the Ph.D. degree).

    2. Housing -- All students must reside in the graduate student dormitory provided by NPUST.

    3. Tuition fee -- Tuition fee will be paid for by the scholarship as required by NPUST.

    4. Credit fees -- Credit fees are varied with the number of credits registered. Credit fees will be paid for by the scholarship as required by NPUST.

    5. Insurance -- While in Taiwan, in addition to the mandatory student safety insurance as set by the Ministry of Education, each student shall be insured for medical coverage of accident and necessary health care insurance (chronic illness is not including). The insurance fees will be paid for by the scholarship.

    6. Book costs -- Purchasing textbooks as required by instructors shall be subject to the approval of the Director of the DTAIC.

    7. Allowance -- Each student shall receive NT$17,000 per month (or NT$204,000 per annum) as allowance for food and miscellaneous living expenses. The sum will be deposited monthly into the student’s local bank account.

        • Notices

  1. Ph.D. Program students shall not take more than 15 credits per semester.

  2. Ph.D. program students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in courses and 12 credits in dissertation, which are calculated separately.

  3. Graduate students under Ph.D. program are graded on a scale of 100 being the highest and 70 being the passing grade. Required courses, if failed, must be repeated. A student, who fails academically, judging from the averaged score for all the courses taken in a school year, shall be dismissed.

  4. Student’s ethic is graded on a scale of 100 being the highest and 70 being the passing grade. Anyone receives less than 70 shall be dismissed.

  5. If scholarship holders:

  1. Fail the academic average in any one semester, which is 70 out of 100 for postgraduates; in which case, full scholarship will be suspended during the following semester. Should the academic average be achieved during this next semester, the TaiwanICDF will continue the scholarship by request; or

  2. Fail more than 1/2 of all modules that they elect to study, across two consecutive semesters; or more than 2/3 of all modules that they elect to study, in any one semester. In this case, the full scholarship will be terminated.

  3. Have their scholarship suspended or terminated, the student status will depend upon the regulation set by the university.

  1. For any reason a Ph.D. student cannot attend classes or participate in other required activities, authorized leave of absence must be requested according to the university regulations.

  2. Two or four graduate students of the same sex will be assigned to live in the same dormitory room. Observation of dormitory rules is a must.

  3. Students are required to work as student helps at the office of DTAIC. The nature and the number of hours of the work shall be determined by the Director of DTAIC.

    • Others

In the event of the issues or matters not mentioned in the preceding articles, relevant rules and regulations of the present program as well as those of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan and the NPUST shall apply.

  1. Application Deadline

Application Deadline: March 31, 2012

  1. Contact Information

Application forms and relevant materials must be forwarded by the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy/Representative Office or Taiwan Technical Mission to the following address:

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology

Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation

No. 1, Shuehfu Rd., Neipu, Pingtung 912, Taiwan


  1. Application Form & TaiwanICDF Medical Report

See Attachment 1.

Attachment 1


PROJECT TITLE TaiwanICDF International Higher Education Scholarship

Instructions -- Programs on Tropical Agriculture

This form should be completed in typewritten form by the candidate. Each question must be answered clearly and completely. Details are required in order to make appropriate arrangements. If necessary, additional pages of the same size may be attached.

Mark the appropriate scholarship program listed as follows:

Undergraduate Program in Tropical Agriculture

Master’s Program in Tropical Agriculture

Ph.D. Program in Tropical Agriculture




Given Name(First Name) Middle Name

Surname(Last Name)

Attach Recent Photograph Here

2.Contact Information

Home Address:

Tel: Fax:




□Male   □Female

5.Marital Status

□Single □Married

6.Date of Birth



8.Health Condition

9.Chronic Disease

□No □Yes If yes, Please specify

10.Dietary Restriction

□No □Yes If yes, Please specify

11.Language Proficiency

















12.Contact Person in Emergency






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