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TIGP-Nano Science and Technology Program (NANO)

Important description
About TIGP-Nano Science and Technology Program (NANO)

In collaboration with Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, the Nano Science and Technology Program offers multi-discipline training and research opportunities to Ph.D. students. Also, together with the support from Academia Sinica Research Program on Nanoscience and Technology, a whole array of high-tech laboratory equipment and facilities for teaching and research are available for students. A large number of excellent faculty members in this program devote their specialties and expertise in nano science, benefiting greatly both the Nano program and the development of nano technology.
The research topics of the program include, but are not limited to, synthesis of new nanomaterials and structures, characterization of nanomaterials and nanostructures, theoretical modeling and calculations, nanodevices engineering and nano-biotechnology. To enrich students knowledge in these areas and equip them for further research, the program offers various core courses to help them acquire the foundations of nanotechnology. At the same time, due to the vast scope of nanotechnology and rapid development, more specialized courses seem to be essential. The program offers several advanced courses, such as optics, mesoscopic physics, and practical hands-on training as well, such as TEM. The objective of these courses is not just to train students to specialize in a certain area, but help them to explore and determine their research directions. Through the course training, they will learn how to seek resources and build cooperation with experts and professionals in the fields they are interested in.
The Nano Science and Technology Program provides high-end facilities, diverse expertise, and, more importantly, close collaboration among scientists and engineers of all the participating units. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to cultivate their research interests, and to develop their creativity and skills in problem defining and problem solving.

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:
Students (either international students or students from Taiwan) with a M.S. degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to the chemistry-oriented and physics-oriented sub-programs. Those with a B.S. or M.S. degree may be admitted to the engineering- oriented sub-program. Selection of program should be made at application. The following criteria are used to evaluate the applicants qualifications for admission:
(1) Formal undergraduate and graduate academic records or transcripts
(2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in General Test
GRE is highly recommended. However, an applicant who fails to meet this requirement may submit additional criteria for committee evaluation. The GRE Subject Test is optional and one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Biology is strongly recommended.
GRE substitution: If under special circumstances the test is not taken, some proof of applicants competency might be considered. This proof should be more
than just recommendation letters and transcripts, for example, documents like the award records, exam scores of national or international level, scientific publications, etc. will be helpful.
The admission committee will decide whether the proof is strong enough to support the application.
(3) English Proficiency
Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to submit one of following English proficiency test report (the listed scores are strongly recommended):
a) TOEFL: scores 550 on the paper-based (or 213 on the computer-based or 79 on the New Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL-iBT)) or higher (Our institution CODE & NAME are: 7142 Academia Sinica). Please note that institutional TOEFL will not be accepted; only ETS International TOEFL will be accepted
b) GEPT: applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) administered by the Language Training and Testing Center. Applicants are required to submit their High-intermediate level certificate when applying for admission.
c) IELTS (International English Language Test System): score 5.5 or higher is required.
Applicants who have completed a degree program in an English speaking country, or who graduated from university where English is the primary language
of instruction, maybe be exempted from the test of English proficiency with an official certification issued by the Office of Registrar.
(4) Three letters of recommendation
Each letter comments on the applicants personal character, and qualifications for independent study, including intellectual ability, research potential, and scientific motivation. One of the letters should be provided by the applicants advisor.
(5) Statement of purpose (plan for graduate study) in English.

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 more information regarding Molecular and Cell Biology Program (MCB), please visit MCB website at: http://www.imb.sinica.edu.tw/mcb/

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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