Beginning with the current semester, NTHU, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the Xin Miao Education Foundation are providing additional funding for doctoral students, allowing promising research students to receive a total of up to NT$80,000 per month—similar to the starting salary for a Ph.D. employed in the industrial sector.
MOST has recently announced that beginning with the current semester it will begin providing subsidies for universities to establish the Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students providing NT$40,000 per month, which can be renewed for up to four years. In the first and second years, MOST will provide NT$30,000, and the school will provide NT$10,000; in the third and fourth years, MOST will provide NT$20,000, and the school will provide NT$20,000. Every year, at least one student at each college of NTHU will receive the new scholarship, and this year it has been awarded to a total of 22 doctoral students at NTHU.
According to Vice President of academic affairs Tai Nyan-hwa, NTHU doctoral students can also apply for two additional scholarships: the NTHU President’s Scholarship and the Xin Miao Key Technology Doctoral Scholarship. The President’s Scholarship provides either NT$20,000 or NT$25,000 per month, depending on one’s mode of admission, and can be renewed for up to four years. However, for students simultaneously receiving the MOST Scholarship and the NTHU President’s Scholarship, NTHU’s contribution to the former will come out of the latter.
The Xin Miao Key Technology Doctoral Scholarship recently established by the Xin Miao Education Foundation provides NT$25,000 per month for up to three years to excellent Ph.D. students specializing in electrical engineering, computer science, communication engineering, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, or sustainable management.
Tai also said that Tsinghua has a large number of top-notch research students, and it’s important for them to have sufficient financial support to enable them to fully concentrate on their research. Thus NTHU allows its doctoral students to simultaneously receive more than one scholarship.
One such student is Wang Jianping, a first-year doctoral student of the Institute of Electronics Engineering. As an undergraduate in NTHU’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Wang received the Academic Achievement Award, and while completing his master’s degree in the Institute of Electrical Engineering he was the first and second author of papers published in prestigious international journals; he has also presented papers at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Wang said that the generous support provided to doctoral students at NTHU makes it possible to focus on one’s research, and also makes it much easier to attend important international conferences and seminars, adding that while receiving three scholarships is indeed an honor, it also brings a certain amount of pressure to come up with commensurate research results.
Wang Jianping, a first-year doctoral student of the Institute of Electronics Engineering, is simultaneously receiving three scholarships.
According to Vice President of academic affairs Tai Nyan-hwa, NTHU doctoral students can now receive scholarships up to NT$80,000 per month.
The generous support provided to doctoral students at NTHU makes it possible to focus on one’s research.