The CTCI Foundation was established on October 12, 1959. As a pioneer of new technologies, the CTCI Foundation commits itself to developing technological talents for Taiwan. In doing so, it facilitates Taiwan’s economic development and assists Taiwan’s manufacturing industries to upgrade their productivity. In 1962, the Engineering Education Research Fund was established to award scholarships to distinguished undergraduate and graduate students.
Since 2014, the scholarships were extended to include outstanding overseas graduate students (including international students, students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao) in Taiwan from selected fields of study in designated universities to further their education. Since 2016, overseas graduate students who need financial support could apply for a scholarship that provided final aid. In 2017, the financial aid portion was separated from the scholarship. From 1959 to 2020, near 4,000 students have been awarded the scholarships.
In response to the 60th anniversary of the CTCI Foundation, 2,655 receipients have been contacted, of which 24% are researching in the universities, 14% are professors, and more than 57% work in the industry sector. Moreover, 950 receipients were middle or senior executives who had brought outstanding influence to Taiwan's technological progress and industrial development. A publication of the personal feedback from previous scholarship receipients was published this year. Their career stories are not only published in "CTCI Quarterly" but also on the website. The CTCI Foundation will uphold the purpose of "cultivating scientific and technological talents" and hope to make greater contributions to the sustainable development of Taiwan.
I. Research Scholarship
In order to comply with the new technology and higher education extensions, the CTCI Foundation Science and Technology Scholarships had been modified, focusing on areas such as “Environment, Energy, Materials, Chemistry, Electromechanics, and Information” listed in Article 2 of the CTCI Foundation’s Donor Statutes. The “Research Scholarship” is issued for Ph.D. students in their second-year or above. From 2007 to 2019, the number of departments that could apply for scholarships has increased from 46 in six universities to 100 in eight universities. Each department can recommend one student as a candidate. So far, there have been 509 applications, 248 receipients. The number of receipients and applications for research scholarships in fourteen years is shown in Figure 1.
II. Innovation Scholarship
In order to encourage marketable green innovation and R&D, since 2010, the individual innovation scholarships have been set up for undergraduate students in the third-year or above, as well as master students from colleges and universities recognized by the Ministry of Education. Since 2011, the team innovation scholarships have been added. Since their establishment in 2010, 154 individuals and 132 teams have applied for the scholarships, and 64 individuals and 64 teams have received them. The number of applicants and receipients is shown in Figure 2. (The innovation scholarships application were not available in 2019.)
III. Research Scholarship for International Graduate Students
In order to reward outstanding overseas graduate students who successfully completed their Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Taiwan, and increase their willingness to work in Taiwan after completing their studies, the “Research Scholarship for International Graduate Students” was set up in 2014. As of 2020, 100 departments from 8 schools have accepted applicatons. Each department can recommend one student for the scholarship. Out of a total of 282 international students (from 8 schools and 30 countries), 120 students (from 8 schools and 15 countries) received scholarships.
The most notable was the 2016 receipient of the “Research Scholarship for International Graduate Students”, doctoral student Ramesh Perumal from Indian, who studied Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University. He received the scholarship from former Vice President Vincent Siew at the awards ceremony. Afterwards, he was interviewed with two media outlets of Tamil Nadu, South India, and was published in their newspapers. The newspaper clippings are shown in Figure 3. The details of the number of applicants and receipients over the years are shown in Table 1.
IV. Financial Aid for International Graduate Students
In order to allow outstanding international graduate students who need financial assistance to concentrate on their studies, financial aid is also available. Since 2016, they can apply for ainancial aid when applying for research scholarships for international graduate students. And since 2017, they can apply for financial aid independently. As of 2020, 100 departments from 8 universities have accepted applications. Each department can recommend one student to participate in this grant. Out of 223 international students (from 8 schools and 25 countries), 80 international students (from 8 schools and 18 countries) have received financial aid during the past 5 years. The details of the number of applicants and receipients over the years are shown in Table 2.