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TIGP-MCB International PhD Fellowship (Life Sciences) @ Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Choosing a graduate program is one of the most important decisions you will make. So, why should you choose TIGP MCB (Taiwan International Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology)? Because, it is a SMART choice.

Support that encompasses both academic and living needs.

Molecular biology training that is both comprehensive and integrative.

Accessible faculty who strive to train the next generation of scientists.

Resources encompassing everything from technical support in cutting-edge technologies and facilities to assistance with scientific writing and communication.

Taipei offers all the conveniences of a global and cosmopolitan city, while remaining accessible and friendly, as well as being one of the safest cities in the world.

TIGP MCB is a multi-disciplinary graduate program, reflecting the trend of integrating the major fields of modern basic biology. The faculty of the MCB program comprises world-class researchers. Research interests cover a wide range of biological systems (Developmental Biology, Chromosome Biology, RNA Biology, Neuroscience, Structural Biology, Plant Biology, Infection and Immunobiology, Systems Biology and Biomedical Science. Academia Sinica provides an international environment that is both culturally rich and intellectually stimulating. Courses, seminars and discussions are conducted in English. Many students in the TIGP MCB program have published outstanding research papers in prestigious journals like Cell, PNAS, PLoS Genetics and Nature Communications. The comprehensive training they have received in this program has catapulted them towards promising careers in academia and industry.

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PhD Fellowships:

Once admitted, each TIGP-MCB student will receive a monthly fellowship of NT$34,000 (around USD$1,133) in the first year. This support will be extended for two additional years for students who perform satisfactorily. In subsequent years (from the 4th year), thesis advisors will be responsible for providing financial support.


The TIGP-MCB Program only admits students in the fall semester. Applicants must have a background in biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, genetics, anatomy, chemistry or physics and hold a B.Sc. degree or will obtain their degree within one semester from an accredited institution.

Admission Requirements:

1. Academic transcript and information on course content (in English).
2. English proficiency*:

* Exemption from the English proficiency requirement:
The test of English proficiency can be exempted for applicants graduated from universities where English is the primary language of instruction and if the applicant provides an official certification issued by the Registrar’s Office.
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or masters thesis or publications.
4. Statement of purpose (less than 3 pages).
5. Two letters of recommendation.
6. Additional information to prove your potential in research.


Please complete this application on line and upload all required documents.

Timing and selection:

The deadline for applications is 31 March of each year. An interview will be scheduled for applicants who pass the first screening (approximately 10–14 days after the deadline), and they will be notified of the final decision approximately 1 month after the deadline.

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Accommodation and living costs:

An on-campus self-catering student dormitory comprising single study-bedrooms is available to TIGP students at a reasonable cost (for details, please visit the TIGP dorm website). The cost of living in Nankang, Taipei is much lower (approximately half) that of the US and Europe.

For questions related to applications, please contact the Chair of the Admission Committee or the Program Assistant:

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