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TUPP is a groundbreaking two-week program that was launched in 2017. It was initially designed to enhance the understanding of Taiwan among future US policy leaders. Beginning in 2022, the program was expanded to include future European policy leaders. TUPP consists of two consecutive components: seminars in Washington, D.C. and a research trip to Taiwan. TUPP provides a unique opportunity for the emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to gain the necessary personal experiences in Taiwan that will enable them to appreciate Taiwan’s perspectives on cross-strait matters, Taiwan’s role in the world, and the importance of US-Taiwan relations.

Each year, the program begins with three days in Washington, D.C. where the delegation is briefed by US officials, academics, and think tank experts. This is followed by the Taiwan leg of the trip, where TUPP fellows visit several cities and meet with individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations, and academia. The trip involves exposure to Taiwan’s culture, history, and politics.

TUPP fellows are expected to have a demonstrated history of professional achievement and interest in policy. Applicants should be between 28 and 43 years old, and have functional and/or regional expertise. Stipends are not provided, but all program-related expenses are covered.

The program offers an unparalleled opportunity for future policy leaders from the United States and Europe to benefit from exposure to Taiwan. Each participant will gain transformative in-country knowledge that will empower them to analyze future challenges involving Taiwan and undertake informed policy analysis.

Funding for TUPP is generously provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the Global Taiwan Institute, and the London School of Economics Alumni Association.

Application Information

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to announce its second iteration of the Taiwan-US Policy Program (TUPP), which is expected to take place in-person from February 14-27, 2023. Fellows will be expected to commit to the full two-week program in Washington, D.C. and Taiwan. This year, the Washington, D.C. seminars will be held on February 14-16, 2023 and the Taiwan research trip will take place on February 17-27, 2023.  

GMF is now accepting applications for its 2023 TUPP Program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the 10-person delegation is confirmed. Click "Apply Now" below to begin the application process. Please direct any questions about TUPP to Jinny Ahn, Program Coordinator at [email protected].

  • Minimum of a Master's degree 
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in a think tank, government agency, or university 
  • Between 28 and 43 years old 
  • US or European citizen or permanent US or European resident 
  • Do not need to be China/Taiwan or regional experts 
  • Should have expertise on a topic of direct or indirect relevance to Taiwan (examples include health, democracy, human rights, non-proliferation, cyber, trade, supply chain resilience, climate, defense) or regional expertise 
  • Should have either never been to Taiwan, or only traveled to Taiwan on vacation or to attend a conference
  • Do not need to reside in Washington, D.C.
  • Regrettably, we cannot accept applications from active-duty military or individuals currently employed by governments in Europe or the United States. 

Fellows will be expected to commit to the full two-week program in Washington, D.C. and Taiwan. All fellows will be required to write a short article on a topic related to US policy toward Taiwan upon conclusion of the program.

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