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TIGP-Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics Program (CBMB) in Drug Discovery and Biotechnology

Important description
The Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics Program in Drug Discovery and Biotechnology founded by TIGP, Academia Sinica in 2002 has advanced to one of the best interdisciplinary programs in Taiwan. The program aims to enhance scholarly exchanges in order to benefit all parties on their overall research achievements and to increase the number of research professionals in the field in hopes of promoting the economic and social development of Taiwan. Over these years, the alumni and alumnae from CBMB have served in either academic institutions or biotech industry to contribute their expertise.

The program lays a special emphasis on five research fields, including (1) protein chemistry, (2) structural biology, (3) medicinal and biological chemistry, (4) molecular and cell biology, (5) key technology. In addition to categorizing our faculty members and courses, this way reflects the necessary integration of multiple disciplines involved in todays biotech development. Through the training in courses, bench skills and thesis research, this program intends to offer students with two unique strengths; one is to become an independent researcher capable of solving problems and the other is to have the vision and ability to coordinate teamwork.

International Experiences
The CBMB program has been actively pursuing partnership with other international institutions for student exchange (eligible students will be sent with financial support) and thesis co-supervision, such as Griffith University in Australia and UC Davis in USA. In addition, the CBMB program also offers students a chance to exchange cultural experiences with American scholars and students from UC Davis, California during their stay in Taipei in spring every year. It is also a great opportunity for students to gain the most up-to-date knowledge on pharmaceutical chemistry while interacting with professors and students from UC Davis. There are lectures and course offered by UC Davis professors. Students who successfully complete those courses may receive a certificate of completion signed by UC Davis Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Department of Chemistry and are eligible to use those courses to complete programs credit requirements. For more information, please refer to: http://www.ibc.sinica.edu.tw/ucd-as/

Fellowship and Stipend
TIGP provides fellowship support of NT$34,000 (about US$1060) 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_s thesis advisor. The amount of the support will be at the discretion of the advisor.

Eligibility and other criteria
Admission Requirements:

Candidature is open to both local and International students with a BSc or MSc degree in the appropriate field from an accredited institute.
English Language Requirements
For those applicants for whom English is not their first language an English test result of one of the following combinations is required:
Internet-Based TOEFL: 79
Computer-Based TOEFL: 213
Paper-Based TOEFL: 550
IELTS: 5.5
GEPT: High Intermediate Level

Required Documents
The required materials listed below must be in English.
Original documents will be returned only upon request and must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope.
I. Bachelors degree or Masters degree with signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution
II. Official Academic Transcripts
Official transcripts with grading scales must be sent directly by the registrar of the institutions or submitted with the application form in sealed envelopes. An explanation for any non-standard grading system is highly recommended.
III. Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should comprise of a brief statement of the candidates' scientific interests and career goals together with a description of past accomplishments that are not evident from other submitted documents. If applicable, the result of any research in progress may be specified.
IV. 3 Letters of Recommendation
V. GRE Score (optional)
General and Subject scores of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are optional but applicants are strongly encouraged to provide such documents. Applicants who do not provide a GRE result will instead be evaluated using the supporting documents submitted along with the application.
VI. Supporting Documents
We highly recommend applicants provide supporting documents relating to their professional experiences, publications, and other original works.
VII. Proof of English competency is required for applicants from non-English speaking countries. With regard to the English proficiency requirement, CBMB applicants will be assessed in accordance with the following policies.
_ Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit a proof of English proficiency that meets the minimum requirement in one of the following standardized tests as part of the application procedure.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
GEPT (General English Proficiency Test) (locals only)
_ The test must be taken in the last 24 months.
_ Applicants with degrees from countries where English is spoken, but not all courses are provided in English, are not exempt from submitting an English proficiency test result.
_ Citizenship from native English speaking countries does not automatically qualify an applicant for exemption from the English proficiency test requirement if the applicant's first language is not English.
_ Applicants who have completed a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited college or university in native English speaking countries (United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) are exempt from the standardized test requirement. If your country is not listed above, please provide supporting documents or certificates to prove that all courses were taught entirely in English. It is still highly recommended that the score of one of the above English proficiency tests is submitted for evaluation. If your country is not listed, we cannot guarantee that your petition for the English language waiver will be granted, which might place you at a disadvantage compared to applicants who have provided proof of English proficiency.

Application deadline
* March 31, 2017

Additional information, and important URL

The Program admits students to the fall semester only.

You are most welcomed to apply on-line through our online application portal ( http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/ ). No application fee is required.

For further information regarding TIGP-CBMB program, please visit CBMB website at: http://proj1.sinica.edu.tw/~tigpcbmb/index.htm

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

Addional information may be obtained be sending an email to tigp@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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