Article 1 The Ministry of Education (hereunder the “Ministry”) has
established the Academic Awards in order to encourage academic
research and enhance academic standards.
Article 2 The Academic Awards shall be conferred on persons who have
actively engaged in academic research in Taiwan, and have made
important contributions or achieved outstanding accomplishments,
and whose work is recognized by the academic community. A
candidate who does not hold Republic of China nationality shall
have been employed in a full-time position in Taiwan at a junior
college, tertiary level educational institution level, or an
academic research institute for at least five years.
Article 3 The Academic Awards are awarded annually. A maximum total of
thirteen people each year may receive an Academic Award. The
number available in each different disciplinary category is
stipulated in Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1. There
is an annual quota of two recipients in the Humanities and Arts
category, two recipients in the Social Sciences category, and
three recipients in each of the other disciplinary categories.
The deadline for submitting recommendations for the Academic
Awards will be announced by the Ministry.
Article 4 The referees of the Academic Award candidates shall satisfy one
of the following eligibility requirements:
1. Be the president of a public or private junior college, or of
a higher level educational institution;
2. Be the person in charge of a public or private academic
3. Be an academician of Academia Sinica;
4. Be one of five professors in an associated academic field.
Article 5 The referees of the candidates for an Academic Award shall complete
their reference using the prescribed format and submit it, together
with relevant publications and documents, to the Ministry before
the deadline. A candidate who is employed as a full-time teacher at
a junior college or at a university or a fulltime research fellow
at an academic research institute shall first be reviewed by the
junior college, university, or institute where they are employed,
which will then submit a report to the Ministry. Each junior
college, university, or institute may recommend up to three
candidates in each category, and the selection shall be made by the
Article 6 1.The Ministry shall select the Academic Award recipients in
accordance with the following procedure:
1. A separate Review Board will be set up for each of five
categories, based on different academic fields: the
Humanities and Arts; Social Science; Mathematics and Natural
Science; Biology, and Medical and Agricultural Science; and
Engineering and Applied Science. From nine to eleven
prestigious scholars and experts shall be appointed to be
members of each Review Board. The Standing Committee of the
Ministry of Education Academic Review Committee of the
(hereunder abbreviated to “the Academic Review Committee”)
shall designate the convener of each Review Board.
2. Each Review Board shall conduct the first review after
undertaking a detailed examination of the academic research
and teaching performance of each of the recommended candidates,
and fully discussing and analyzing each.
3. Each Review Board shall forward all the material pertaining to
each candidate who has passed the first review to three or
four scholars or experts for further evaluation, after which
it will conduct its second review. Each Review Board will then
give their recommendations of candidates for an Academic Award
to the Standing Committee.
4. The Standing Committee shall review and discuss the results
of each evaluation of each of the recommended candidates
referred to in the preceding subparagraph, and then draw up
and submit a list of candidates for an Academic Award to a
meeting of the Academic Review Committee to discuss and
5. The decisions shall be made with the agreement of two thirds
of the members present, after discussion and deliberation at
a meeting of the Academic Review Committee attended by at
least half of its members. The Academic Award recipients are
selected based on the number of votes received each of by the
6. If any Academic Award remains without being conferred on a
candidate after the selection procedure, a further ballot
may be cast if a majority of the members present at the
meeting of the Academic Review Committee members attended
by at least half of its members agree. If the second ballot
still fails to result in anyone receiving the number of votes
stipulated in the preceding subparagraph, the Academic Award
in question shall not be conferred that year.
If a member of the Academic Review Committee is one of the
current recommended candidates for an Academic Award, that
person shall withdraw from participating in all associated
review and ballot-casting procedures.
Article 7 Recipients of an Academic Award shall be given a certificate of
honor and a grant.
A person who has previously been conferred an Academic Award is
not permitted to be recommended again.
Article 7-1 If an Academic Award recipient was involved in a case of
violation of academic ethics, before the Academic Award was
conferred on them, that would have adversely affected the decision
to select them, if any material presented during their selection
procedure contained false or incorrect details, the Ministry shall
revoke their eligibility to receive an Academic Award and require
the person to return the certificate of honor and grant money they
were paid in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 1 of the
If an Academic Award recipient becomes involved in a case of
violation of academic ethics and the circumstances are serious,
the Ministry shall deem the person ineligible to have been awarded
an Academic Award and require the person to return the certificate
of honor and grant money that they were paid in accordance with
the provisions of Paragraph 1 of the preceding article.
The procedures referred to in the preceding paragraph for being
deemed ineligible to receive an Academic Award and for
cancellation of an Academic Award already conferred are as
1. The Ministry shall organize an investigation team if a
candidate is reported or found to have been involved in a
case of the kind referred to in either of the two preceding
2. After the investigation team makes its professional judgement,
it shall draw up and submit a written report of its
investigation to a meeting of the Academic Review Committee
for discussion and consideration.
3. The meeting of the Academic Review Committee that discusses
and considers the findings shall be attended by at least half
of its members and a decision motion will be passed if two
thirds of the members present agree.
Article 8 These Regulations shall take effect on the date of promulgation.