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CASBS, Taiwan Government Partner on New Fellowship

STPI's Yuh-Jzer Joung and CASBS's Margaret Levi shake hands across the table
It's a deal: STPI's Yuh-Jzer Joung with CASBS's Margaret Levi

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce a new Stanford-Taiwan Social Science (STSS) fellowship.

The fellowship, based at CASBS, is sponsored by the Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) within the National Applied Research Laboratories of Taiwan (NARLabs), a federal government agency.

Under an agreement concluded in May 2016, Taiwan’s STPI will support one STSS Fellow per academic year at CASBS starting in 2017-18. The agreement’s principals include Margaret Levi, CASBS director; Yuh-Jzer Joung, Director General of STPI; and Shih-Chang Hung, Director General of the Department of Humanities and Sciences within Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

The CASBS-STPI partnership seeks to nurture social and behavioral science research and promote international, interdisciplinary collaboration between Taiwan and Stanford University. Annually, each STSS Fellow will be drawn from a pool of leading Taiwanese social and behavioral science scholars. The prospective fellow first will undergo STPI’s selection process and then the standard vetting process to which CASBS subjects all its fellowship applicants.

Yi-Huah Jiang, a 2015-16 Berggruen Institute fellow based at CASBS and noted scholar who also has served in several high-level government positions, including as Taiwan’s Premier in 2013-14, was instrumental in facilitating the CASBS-STPI agreement. Familiar with the intellectual cultures of both Taiwan and CASBS, he brought a unique perspective to the dialogue as it developed.

Reached for comment, Jiang sees the STSS fellowship as a milestone for both sides.

“It not only benefits Taiwanese scholars by providing them a terrific opportunity to work with the some of the most brilliant minds of the world found at Stanford in general and CASBS in particular. In addition, it will help researchers at CASBS – one of the great social science institutions – approach, think, and interact with the world from a more diversified perspective.”

Indeed, CASBS director Levi views the new partnership with Taiwan as the latest in a series of steps that internationalizes the Center’s activities and outreach.

“International collaborations and networks are increasingly important for the production of high quality social science,” said Levi. “Our Taiwanese partnership is a major step forward in ensuring that the Center will continue to be a magnet for the finest scholars from all over the world. We at CASBS so look forward to welcoming and learning from our first official STSS fellow.”

For information on applying for the STSS Fellowship, please contact STPI at

CASBS thanks Claire Cho of Taiwan’s NARLabs for her assistance with this article.

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