Funded by the government, Academia Sinica (Academia Sinica) is the most prominent research institution in Taiwan. In 2002, in collaboration with a consortium of prominent local research universities, Academia Sinica established the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) that offers the following 9 highly specialized interdisciplinary PhD programs and a generous funding, a grant of NT$32,000 (US$1050) per month, to each student for up to 3 years. The PhD programs: 1. Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics (CBMB) Program : Under the leadership of the predecessor and the present program director, CBMB has become an excellent interdisciplinary program that stresses student training in basic sciences at the interface between chemistry/physics and biology. The 47 faculty members have expertise covering biochemistry, bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, biophysics and bioinformatics, carbohydrate synthesis, mass spectrometry, molecular biology, organic and medicinal chemistry and structural biology. Core courses provided are ‘Fundamental Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics', ‘Experimental Molecular Biophysics', and ‘Advanced Chemical Biology'. TIGP CBMB--Home 2. Molecular Science and Technology (MST) Program focuses its research on the following topics: chemical dynamics, dynamics in biological systems, dynamics in condensed media, linear and nonlinear molecular spectroscopy and structures and dynamics of clusters and nanoparticles. The spectroscopy section of this program includes steady-state laser spectroscopy, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and spectroscopy using synchrotron light sources. The dynamics section consists of crossed beam studies, photochemistry, and ultra-fast laser spectroscopy. Both experimental and theoretical aspects of molecular spectroscopy and dynamics are included in this program. http://tigp.iams.sinica.edu.tw/mst.html 3. Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences (MBAS) Program pursues basic and applied research that has the potential to lead to new platform technologies or develop into novel systems and/or industrial applications in biotechnology. The program focuses on regional agricultural needs; for example, on subtropical crop or flower plant systems, and major infectious diseases affecting pig/chicken farms and warm water marine products and the subtropical herbal plant systems of Chinese traditional medicine. TIGP-MBAS 4. Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Program aims to provide solid training to Ph.D. students for a future career in basic and applied research in modern biology. Research interests of the 40 faculty members of this program cover a broad range of topics including cellular communication and signal transduction, nuclear structure and function, developmental biology, neurobiology, plant molecular biology, structural biology, biotechnology and human disease models, pathology and therapy. International Graduate Program (TIGP-MCB) with scholarship 5. Bioinformatics Program (BP) focuses on genetics and proteomics studies with emphasis on data transfer, data analysis, biological information and biological feature extraction, knowledge management using advanced computation methodologies and computer science technology. The following four research topics constitute the areas of concentration of this program: computational biology, biological knowledge management, bioinformatics applications and computational structural biology. TIGP--Bioinformatics Program 6. Nano Science and Technology (Nano) Program: Established in 2004, NST is designed to offer specific training and research opportunities to Ph.D. students who are interested in the following areas: Characterization of Nano-materials/-structures, New Nano-materials/-structures, Theoretical Modeling, and Nano Devices and Engineering. Students attending NST will have the options to join physics-oriented, chemistry-oriented, or engineering-oriented subgroups. http://www.phys.sinica.edu.tw/tigp-nano/ 7. Molecular Medicine (MM) Program is designed to offer specific training and research opportunities to Ph.D. students who are interested in working on the frontier biomedical sciences. The research projects of the faculty members encompass basic and clinical-oriented research related to human diseases that include the following fields: functional genomics and bioinformatics, molecular and cellular basis of gene function, disease mechanisms and medical biotechnology. Welcome to the Molecular Medicine Program 8. Earth System Science (ESS) Program Earth System Science is the science that focuses on understanding the interdependence and interconnections among the fundamental components of the Earth: the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere, through the interactions among chemical, physical, biological and dynamical processes that extend over spatial scales from sub-micron to the size of the planets, and over time scales of less than a second to billions of years. The phenomena involved are frequently not only intellectually challenging but also socio-economically relevant and significant. We welcome young inquisitive minds to join us in exploring these interesting phenomena in our newly established Ph.D. program in the Earth System Science. Earth System Science TIGP TIGP Student Dormitory: The on-campus student dormitory offers en-suite single study bedrooms at affordable prices (US$165/month, approximately). On-Campus Resources: Facilities and resources such as libraries, museums, restaurants, medical services, bookstore, grocery store, post office, and gymnasium are available to accommodate students' needs. Tuition Fee: ranging from US$1,000 – 2,000. Application to our PhD program is free. For on-line application please visit our own website at T I G P**|**applying Application deadline is March 31st, 2011. For more information, please visit our website at Welcome to T I G P**|**Academia Sinica Taiwan International Graduate Program is the way to excellence.