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TIGP-Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing Program (SNHCC)

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About TIGP-Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing Program (SNHCC)

The Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing (SNHCC) program welcomes Ph.D. students interested in researching the many new and important advances in technology and applications in recent years. The program is offered by Academia Sinica in collaboration with National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and National Chengchi University (NCCU). The SNHCC program offers Ph.D. level studies aimed at strengthening our level of academic understanding over the incredibly fast-paced advances in social-networks and human-centered computing that have occurred in recent times and the potential for further innovation in this space. Taiwan is a hub of social-networking and computing, not just in Asia but all over the world. It is the perfect location for understanding how technological innovation is unfolding globally and the implications will have for present and future generations. Academia Sinica, NTHU, and NCCU are able to provide the resources and faculty necessary for undertaking this important cutting-edge research.
This program is aimed at young domestic and international students. Graduate students of computer science, electrical engineering, or related areas are encouraged to apply. The program has a special focus on both the technological aspects of advances in computer technology and the sociological aspects. Ph.D. level studies are offered with a special focus on natural language processing and information retrieval, data mining, multimedia, mobile social networks, and human-computer interaction in the field of computer science along with sociology, communication, and the psychology of behavioral and social sciences. All courses are conducted in English only.

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:
_ Masters degree in computer science or other related areas, or equivalent qualification based on the regulation of the Ministry of Education of Taiwan.
_ Fluency in English:
a. TOEFL: A total score of 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer- based, 79 on internet-based (TOEFL-iBT) or higher.
b. IELTS: A minimum overall Band Score of 5.5 or higher.
c. GEPT: Applicants in Taiwan can 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.
This requirement can be waived for those who have obtained bachelor or master degrees from native English-speaking countries.

For example, applicants with degrees from: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) will automatically receive an English language waiver.
_ GRE score from the general exam. An applicant may submit one of
the following materials in place of a GRE general test score:
1. Any evidence of research ability such as papers published in international conferences or journals.
2. Satisfactory performance in any course or project work related to the areas of this program or projects completed.
_ A Statement of Purpose that includes a research plan.
_ Official transcripts from academic institutions attended after senior high school.
_ Three letters of recommendation.
_ GRE score from related subject exam (highly recommended, but not mandatory).
_ Concerning the standardized exams listed above (TOEFL; GRE general, GRE subject), our institution CODE is 7142 and NAME is Academia Sinica.
After reviewing all the supporting documents mentioned above, candidates passing the first screening might be invited for an interview. Local candidates will be asked to come to Academia Sinica for interviews. For international students, interview via skype will be conducted.

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 Sustainable Chemical Science & Technology Program (SCST), please visit the program's website at: http://tigp-scst.chem.sinica.edu.tw/

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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