Taiwan-U.S. Policy Program

This ambitious program educates and informs mid-level experts (ages 28-43) about Taiwan and U.S.-Taiwan relations

TUPP consists of two consecutive programs, including seminars in Washington, D.C. and a research trip to Taiwan. The CSIS China Power Project ran the TUPP program through 2020.

TUPP is a groundbreaking two-week program that enhances the understanding of Taiwan among future American policy leaders. It provides a unique opportunity for America’s 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 U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Each year, the program begins with 3 days in Washington, D.C. where the delegation is briefed by U.S. 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 a range of individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations, and academia. The trip involves exposure to Taiwan’s culture, history, and politics.

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Taiwan-U.S. Policy Program

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 America’s 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.


  • Minimum of a Master's degree
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in a think tank, government agency, or university
  • Do not need to be specifically China/Taiwan or regional experts
  • 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.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Regrettably, we cannot accept applications from active duty military or individuals currently employed by the U.S. Government.


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

Program Sponsors

TUPP Funders