CALL FOR IDEAS 2017-2018

We are looking for motivated students to carry out their outstanding research and creative projects in Taiwan. Whether you are in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences, the Big Ideas Competition is an opportunity to create and experiment in a new environment. The possibilities are endless! For example, your project could be a documentary film about Taipei’s changing neighbourhoods; a study of the butterfly species endemic to the island, or an investigation of Asia’s most vibrant democracy. The only constraint is your imagination.

Students will be supported in the application process through a series of workshops between January and April 2018, which will cover: conceiving a winning idea; writing a successful proposal, and idea execution through project management. Students are welcome to apply as individuals or as a team.


THREE CAMPUSES ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. Proposals will be adjudicated based on creativity, feasibility, and quality. Students’ academic records and background training may factor in the deliberation. Award amounts are normally up to $4000 for individuals or $7000 for teams.

Students will prepare for the competition through several workshops providing feedback and guidance from faculty and advisors between January 2017 and April 2018. From May to July, students will have the opportunity to travel to Taiwan for up to 21 days to conduct research and put their proposals into action. In August, students will write up their final reports. The program will culminate in September 2018 with public presentations by student awardees at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Draft Proposal Submission Deadline: January 10, 2018, 4:00PM

Final Application: January 31, 2018, 4:00PM

For more details visit:

Contact me with any questions: Shannon Garden-Smith

Assistant to the Director; Special Projects Coordinator Asian Institute

1 Devonshire Place, Room 227N Munk School of Global Affairs