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TUPP is a groundbreaking two-week program that enhances the understanding of Taiwan among future US policy leaders. The program consists of two consecutive components: seminars in Washington, D.C. and a research trip to Taiwan. TUPP provides a unique opportunity for the United States’ emerging leaders 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 the United States’ future policy leaders 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.

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