Ambassador Program

The Formosa Foundation offers three factors critical to social movements: political opportunity, organizational capacity and framing ability. Through its Ambassador Program the Foundation offers the best hands-on training for students to develop grassroots and campaign skills and to become leaders.

The Ambassador Program combines in-house training with on-the-ground activist work. Participants in the Program develop the expertise, analytical framework, and network they need to effectively promote Taiwan. Up-and-coming activists can learn about the issues affecting Taiwan first-hand.

The 2015 Ambassador Program will take place in
Washington D.C. June 15-26


Download the U.S. announcement and Taiwan announcement. The Formosa Foundation will provide for participants' training, workshops and lodging for the duration of the Program. Participants are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses.

BECOME EFFECTIVE ORGANIZERS FOR JUSTICE

The Formosa Foundation seeks to preserve the American values of democracy and human rights through broadened involvement of future leaders in the making of U.S. policy. The Ambassador Program uses U.S. foreign policies on Taiwan and China as case studies to provide participants with opportunities to:

  • Understand the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy making and its impact;
  • Gain insight from experienced professionals on the art of advocacy;
  • Acquire skills to effectively present views to policy makers, media and the public.

MEET FACE TO FACE WITH U.S. LAW MAKERS

The Ambassador Program is a unique training program of its kind.  We recruit students from the United States and Taiwan, who will work together to help develop a closer relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.  The Program provides opportunities to meet with United States Congressmen and Senators to discuss U.S. policies toward Taiwan. 

DEVELOP GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN SKILLS AND NETWORKS

The Ambassador Program has demonstrated results from participants that extends beyond the two-week program. The Program prepares tomorrow's leaders towards building a pro-Taiwan community on and beyond the college campus. These congressional visits put Taiwan on the forefront of America's political agenda, and change the hearts and minds of American policy makers about Taiwan.


QUALIFICATION AND SELECTION

The Program is designed primarily for recent college graduate or current college and/or graduate students who support the advancement of human rights, democracy and the right of self-determination for the people of Taiwan.  Selection criteria include academic excellence, extracurricular activities, participation in community affairs, and interest in promoting U.S.-Taiwan relations. 

Up to 30 applicants will be selected for the 2015 Program, including up to 8 to be recruited from Taiwan and outside of the U.S. Applicant can be US and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or Taiwanese national. Those selected as 2015 Ambassadors will be notified April 15, 2015.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Applications for the 2015 Ambassador Program are now available online. Application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Program application includes the following requirements.

1. 2015 Application Form
2. 500-word Personal/Policy Statement
3. Resume
4. Photo Headshot
5. Brief Biography

Profile of Ambassadors
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006

Issues
2013

List of Congressional Members visited by Class of:
2013 (PDF) 156 meetings
2012 (PDF) 176 meetings
2011 (PDF) 133 meetings
2010
(PDF) 164 meetings
2009 (PDF) 175 meetings
2008 (PDF) 128 meetings
2007 (PDF) 131 meetings
2006 (PDF) 159 meetings

Ambassador Program Report
2013 (PDF)
2012 (PDF)
2011
(PDF)
2010 (PDF)
2009
(PDF)
2008 (PDF)
2007 (PDF)
2006 (PDF)

Senator Tim Johnson
Senate Taiwan Caucus co-chair Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) sits down with members of the 2006 class.Rep Ron Lewis
Rep. Ron Lewis (R-KY) meets with 2007 Ambassadors (from left) Melissa Chuang, Frank Ling, Timmy Wang and Charles Pan.
Rep Mike Honda 2007Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) meets with Jennifer Wu, Hanpin Huang, Daniel Koo and Tiffany Chu of the 2007 class.

Class of 2005