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TIGP-Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences Program (MBAS)

Important description
About TIGP-Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences Program (MBAS)

Taiwan's academic interest in agricultural sciences began in earnest about 40 years ago with a breeding program in Taiwan's local rice varieties. Since then, various life science research institutes have worked on a wide variety of agricultural projects including crop plant improvement, aquaculture, and others. At Academia Sinica, the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, and the Institute of Molecular Biology have, to varying degrees, developed research projects and graduate programs to address specific issues in specialized areas of agricultural biology.

The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences (MBAS) was founded by Academia Sinica in 2003, and is an interdisciplinary program that works in close partnership with the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU). This program has built a research and learning environment that inspires young graduate students to engage in innovative bio-agriculture studies. From the outset, the intention of this program has been to train students to employ multi-disciplinary approaches to address specific and important questions in biotechnology and develop emerging technologies or experimental systems that can contribute to future agricultural biotechnology research and development.

Fellowship and Stipend

TIGP provides fellowship support of NT$34,000 (about US$1,133) per month for all graduate students during the first year of their enrollment. The support will be extended for another two years upon evidence of satisfactory progress towards the degree. In subsequent years, the financial support will be provided by the studentメs thesis advisor. The amount of the support will be at the discretion of the advisor.

Eligibility and other criteria
The MBAS Program Admission Committee considers all applicants for admission on an individual basis. Prospective students are encouraged to correspond with participating faculty whose research most closely matches their own interest.

Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, such as candidate's academic background, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and relevant work experience. The appropriateness of your goals to the program and to the research interests of its faculty will also be considered.


1. Bachelor's Degree and/or Master's Degree
2. English Proficiency Test Score: TOEFL, IELTS or GEPT (for local applicants) scores
3. GRE Score (optional)
4. Transcripts
5. Three Letters of Recommendation
6. Statement of Purpose
7. Supporting Documents (ex. publications, original papers)

Application deadline
* March 31, 2015

Additional information, and important URL

Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) is now accepting applications for 2015 fall admission. You are most welcomed to apply on-line through our online application portal ( http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/ ) before March 31st, 2015. No application fee is required.

For more information regarding Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences Program, please visit MBAS website at: http://abrc.sinica.edu.tw/mbas/

To check out all 12 interdisciplinary PhD programs offered in TIGP, please visit TIGP website at: http://tigp.sinica.edu.tw/

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