TITLE VI: SUPPORTING UNITED STATES EDUCATIONAL AND EXCHANGE
PROGRAMS WITH TAIWAN
· SEC.601. Short Title. Cited title as the “Taiwan Fellowship Act.”
· SEC.602. Findings. Findings on the importance of extensive, close, and amicable
commercial, cultural, and other relations between Americans and Taiwanese and
Taiwan’s leadership in global public health, consistent with the Asia Reassurance
Initiative Act of 2018. Acknowledgement of Taiwan’s global growth and leadership in
responding to the coronavirus global pandemic, despite the People’s Republic of China’s
concerted isolation campaign. Supports the creation of a U.S. fellowship program with
· SEC.603. Purposes. Promotes federal government fellowships to Taiwan to strengthen
strategic partnership with Taiwan, broaden understanding of the Indo-Pacific region,
learn Mandarin Chinese language skills, and advance economic, security, and human
rights interests and values in the Indo-Pacific region.
· SEC.604. Definitions. Defines important terms for the title, including agency heads,
agency of the United States Government, appropriate congressional committees, detailee,
implementing partner, and Program.
· SEC.605. Taiwan Fellowship Program. Establishes the Taiwan Fellowship Program to
provide eligible federal government employees with fellowship opportunities in Taiwan
lasting up to two years. Requires fellows to complete: (1) a curriculum of Mandarin
Chinese, Taiwanese politics, and Indo-Pacific geopolitics; and (2) one year of service in
an office of the Government of Taiwan or another relevant Taiwanese organization.
Directs initiation of negations for the purpose of entering into an agreement to facilitate
placement of fellows and selecting implementing partners. Sets program requirements
including eligibility requirements, responsibilities, and noncompliance directives.
· SEC.606. Reports and Audits. Requires the Department of State to annually report on
the performance of the program, sponsoring agencies, offices of assignment,
recommendations for improvement, and the Program’s value upon improving the
relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan. Requires an annual financial audit of the
implementing partner, including access to documents, and a report containing its
· SEC.607. Taiwan Fellows on Detail from Government Service. Authorizes federal
government agencies to detail fellows to the American Institute in Taiwan for the
purposes of the service in the Government of Taiwan or relevant Taiwanese organizations
and outlines their status and responsibilities. Requires fellows to continue in the service
of the sponsoring agency at the end of fellowship and includes details of the agreement
and clarification of exceptions.
· SEC.608. Funding. Authorizes approximately $2.9 million in appropriations for 2023
and $2.4 million for 2023 and each succeeding fiscal year to the American Institute in
Taiwan for launching and sustaining the Taiwan Fellowship Program. Authorizes the
implementing partner to accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations for the program.
· SEC.609. Supporting United States Educational and Exchange Programs with
Taiwan. Promotes U.S. policy of supporting educational and exchange programs with
Taiwan. Authorizes the U.S.-Taiwan Cultural Exchange Foundation, an independent
nonprofit dedicated to deepening ties between the future leaders of Taiwan and the U.S.,
and to send students to Taiwan to study the Chinese language, culture, history, politics,
and other relevant subjects. Allows partnerships between the Taipei Economic and
Cultural Representative Office and state and local education institutions to establish
programs to promote education and cultural exchanges. Requires the Secretary of State to
report cooperation between the U.S. Government and Government of Taiwan to create an
alternative to Confucius Institutes.