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, and the Global Taiwan Institute,

Application Information

The application window for 2024 TUPP has closed. The application window for 2025 TUPP will open in the fall.

To prepare, we recommend you review the eligibility criteria and conceptualize how you could incorporate lessons-learned about Taiwan into your career.

If you have questions about TUPP, contact Joshua Stone, 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, policy-focused article about Taiwan upon conclusion of the program.

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