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TIGP-Biodiversity Program (BIODIV)

Important description
About TIGP-Biodiversity Program

Over the past two centuries, global industrialization and the explosive growth of the human population have greatly accelerated extinction of the Earths species. This rapid decline in Biological diversity is a great threat to the continuing survival of the species that remain, including humans, because it disturbs the balance of ecosystems. Biomedical and agricultural sciences also rely on natural products, successful exploitation and management of Biodiversity is directly linked to human welfare. There are a great number of government agencies and non-governmental organizations devoted to raising public awareness and improving policy on Biodiversity. Society has a pressing need to increase the supply of well-trained scientists in relevant fields who can work on these issues.

The TIGP Biodiversity Program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring young scientists to receive multidisciplinary training. The diverse ecosystems and the large number of endemic species in Taiwan are invaluable resources for the study of Biodiversity. In addition, the strong research teams in Academia Sinica and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) provide students with a broad range of expertise in areas such as ecology, evolution, genetics, statistics, and socio-economics. We expect our graduates to contribute to basic research that improves our understanding of Biological diversity in Taiwan and the surrounding areas, and ultimately, to influence public policies for the conservation and sustainability of Biological resources.

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 with a B.S. or M.S. degree from an accredited institution will be considered for admission. The following criteria/materials will be used to evaluate the applicants qualifications for admission:
1. Undergraduate and graduate academic records or transcripts.
2. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): General and Subject scores are optional but applicants are strongly encouraged to provide them. Applicants who fail to submit GRE scores for evaluation, should provide supplementary information (e.g. M.S. thesis, research publication, description of research experience, etc) to demonstrate their research potential.
3. English proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the results of an English test taken within the two years preceding the application deadline. Acceptable test scores are
i. TOEFL: scores of 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) Only ETS International TOEFL will be accepted. Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted.
ii. GEPT: Instead of TOEFL, 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 admissions.
iii. IELTS (International English Language Test System): Scores of 5.5 or higher on the Academic Test are required.
Applicants who have recently completed two or more years of study in an English-speaking country are exempt from this requirement.
4. Three letters of recommendation commenting on the applicants personal character and qualifications for independent study, including intellectual ability, research potential and scientific motivation.
5. Statement of purpose (plan, including research interests and reason for graduate study).
6. A student with only a B.S. degree and less than five years relevant post-graduate work experience prior to the date of application will enroll the program first as an M.S. student in the Department of Life Science of NTNU. These students must subsequently submit an application for Direct Admission into the Doctoral Program to complete their entrance to the TIGP Biodiversity PhD Program and must obtain a minimum of 30 credits for graduation. Students with an M.S. degree or who have worked in a related research field for at least five years after obtaining a B.S. degree need a minimum of 18 credits for graduation. (NTNU reserves the right to make the final decision on the students qualification.)

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 Biodiversity Program (BIODIV), please visit the program's website at: http://biodiv.sinica.edu.tw/TIGP-BP/

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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