Beginning this year, Vincentians can apply for scholarships to read for advanced degrees in medicine in Taiwan.

Taiwan is offering the scholarships with a view to enhancing the medical service in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and cooperation between both countries.

It is the first time that Taiwan is providing Vincentians with scholarships to purse a four-year postgraduate medical degree in Taiwan, since the inception of its scholarship programme in 2004.

However, awardees of the scholarship, upon completion of their studies, are obliged to return to provide medical service in SVG, the Taiwan embassy said in a release.

The medical degree programme will be offered in English by I-Shou University.

Since it is a postgraduate programme, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take examinations in English, biology and chemistry at a venue designated by the Embassy on July 15, 2013.

Further, the University will give applicants an oral examination via Skype or telephone from July 16 to 18.

The scholarship covers airfare, dormitory, tuition fee, credit fees, books, and a monthly allowance.

The Taiwan Embassy is encouraging young Vincentian seeking an advanced degree in medicine to apply.

Applicants must complete the online applications at both http://www.icdf.org.tw/TSP/welcome.aspx and http://enroll.isu.edu.tw//enroll//DP by July 1, 2013, print the completed forms, and submit them to the Embassy by July 4, 2013.

They must also submit by July 4 proof of nationality, bachelor’s degree diploma, complete grade transcript, two recommendation letters and TaiwanICDF Medical Report, which is available at http://www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=12507&CtNode=30318&mp=2).

For more information, the embassy can be reached at 1-784-456-2431.