My Taiwanese experience on the Euan Crone Scholarship

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If you an under 35 Australian or permanent resident and a member of any branch of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA), the Euan Crone Scholarship is the perfect opportunity for you to pursue your study and work interests in Asia.

The EUAN Crone Scholarship

The scholarship offers a lump sum of up to $5,000 to “deepen an understanding of an individual country of Asia or of an aspect of Asia”.

The scholarship may be used for:

  1. Carrying out self-study and research;
  2. Formal, specialised short-term study at recognised educational institutions;
  3. Cost of food, accommodation and travel expenses during a work experience placement; and
  4. Short-term research attached to an in-country organisation.

The Euan Crone Scholarship allows you the freedom to design your own course of study in Asia, giving you a certain amount of freedom that many other scholarships do not allow.


My EUAN Crone Scholarship experience

Last year I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the scholarship, which I used to go to Taiwan to observe the 2016 presidential elections.

I stayed in Taiwan for two months, splitting my days between studying at the Mandarin Training Centre (MTC) at the National Taiwan Normal University and carrying out research while completing an internship at the Thinking Taiwan Institute in Taipei.

The scholarship comfortably covered my tuition expenses, accommodation, daily living expenses and even a side trip to the south of Taiwan.

Not only was I able to witness firsthand the historical presidential election, where a female president was elected for the first time, the Euan Crone Scholarship was a wonderful opportunity for my own professional development.

My study supported my research on the elections as I focused on the Chinese used in news and current affairs. This not only gave me a chance to discuss the elections with my teacher and classmates but also allowed me to follow more closely the reporting of the elections in the Taiwanese and Chinese press. I also completed an internship at Thinking Taiwan, contributing articles based on my independent research.

With frequent rallies, being in Taiwan during a presidential campaign was a unique experience when compared to Australia. While in Australia there can be a certain amount of apathy for politics and elections among the general population, the Taiwanese take their right to vote seriously and took a very keen interest in their presidential election. Of course, this may be because the stakes are much higher in Taiwan, but nevertheless, it shows that democracy is alive and well in East Asia.

My own experience has given me a greater understanding of the Chinese language and of politics and democracy within Taiwan. Through the articles I have written I hope that I was also able to enlighten other Australians about Taiwan.


My advice for applying for the EUAN Crone Scholarship

  • The application process requires several steps: I recommend you to first read the entire application and understand the various requirements;
  • Don’t leave it to last minute as the scholarship requires referee reports;
  • Choose referees who are fully informed of your proposal and can vouch for your interest in Asia; and
  • Fully understand the proposed itinerary and link your proposal back to the objectives of the AIIA and the outcomes of the scholarship.

For students or recent graduates with a particular interest in Asia and who would like to immerse themselves in Asia, the Euan Crone Scholarship is the perfect way to further engage with Asia.

For more general tips on applying for scholarships, Piero Craney has nominated his tips for applying for the New Colombo Plan scholarship.


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Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus

Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus has lived in Taiwan for two years where she was studying and working. She speaks Chinese and French.

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