Brief introduction of the LEAP Program
As a governmental program launched by the MOST of Taiwan, LEAP Program has sent over 150 carefully screened and matched Taiwan talents as international trainees (called “LEAP fellows”) to our host companies in the U.S., France, and Israel since 2017.
The program focuses on cooperating with the cutting-edge technology companies overseas, generating the benefits for all parties, stimulating cross-country knowledge circulation and west-east business development. Moreover, the MOST would grant a LEAP Fellow 1,500,000 NTD (50,000 USD at most) for one year as their living allowance.
2021-1 batch will Call for Host Companies to join soon!
Each year, the program would call for host companies in spring and autumn. If you are looking for collaborating with Taiwan young professionals especially expertise in the field of computer science, IoT, AI, bioscience, biotechnology, semiconductor, business, analysis, etc. Welcome to join LEAP Program and matchmake with our young professionals.
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It is known that Taiwan delivers high-quality services, products, research, and development capability in several industries such as semiconductor, computer science, IC design, electronics engineering and so on. Therefore, Taiwan possesses relevant industry experiences and professional experts in these fields. It is a great ground to nurture industrial freshmen as well as a great market to showcase. This makes Taiwan a key player in the supply and industry chain in the global game.
Taking advantage of the abundant experiences in competitive industries, Taiwan also grabs the opportunity to develop artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, big data, smart manufacturing, 5G, green energy, medical services, electric vehicle, and other new technologies. Based on the mature industries environment, Taiwan is able to develop new technologies and adapt quickly to changes while keeping her voice heard in the world.
Being a hub in Asia, Taiwan is familiar with Asian language, culture, history, and mindset. By bridging western and Asian demand and supply, Taiwan serves as an ideal connection to Asia and the rest of the world. After hosting LEAP trainees, you might have the best candidates to locate in the Asian office of your company who might be your Asian contact person to bridge your overseas offices as well as customers or partners. These LEAP trainees could potentially become your international focal point in Asia for research and development, for marketing or even for human resource training and other functions that your company might need.
Particularly, the “New Southbound Policy” has driven Taiwan to build a tight connection with ASEAN, New Zealand, Australia and some south Asian countries in several critical industries. This enables Taiwan to have strengthened cooperation relationships with these countries/partners. Therefore, Taiwan could be a critical bridge for your company and the market in the east.
Located at the center of the Asia-Pacific region, Taiwan is the pivot spot for air as well as sea freight. Therefore, companies in various industries may set up offices and presence in Taiwan strategically for potential economic benefits on branding, business development, marketing, training, maintenance, assembling or other functions.
As an active team player in the global village and a democratic country with richness in history, Taiwan has always been open-minded. Taiwan embraces innovation and endeavors to construct her industrial ecosystem by setting up start-ups and accelerators, by encouraging academic institutions to commercialize their research outcomes, and by providing a safe-trial space. The constant encouragement of innovation and breakthrough drives the country forward.
Moreover, known for its economic and political stability as well as its financial transparency, Taiwan is a trust-worthy country for industries and corporates to set up presences and offices in.
The eligible LEAP trainees shall obtain a Ph.D. degree or shall have relevant experiences in line with national technology development policy with special achievements. Their background is preferably in Asia-Silicon Valley, biotechnology, smart mechanics, IC design, semi-conductor, green tech, national defense, aerospace, circular economy, the digital national economy, and cultural tech. Moreover, we encourage LEAP trainees to have industrial experiences prior to joining LEAP Program so that they will not only gain from the training but also contribute to the host company with expertise and experiences they possess. This makes LEAP talent pool appealing and creates a win-win situation for both host companies and LEAP interns not just during the training period but also in the post-intern period if their relationship can foster future cooperation.
Initiated in 2017, LEAP Program has cooperated with more than 130 high-tech companies, startups and venture capitals in the U.S., Israel, and France, and funded more than 150 talents abroad. LEAP Program also has good coordination with Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices of the Ministry of Science and Technology in those countries. LEAP Program Fellows who completed the training period have gone to different parts of the world, dedicating what they've gained from the training to different industries, all of which start to make an impact. All in all, the LEAP Program urges the stakeholders to cohere in the global network for the purpose of long-term talent circulation and multilateral benefits.
Each batch usually takes 3 months to select candidates, and also take another 3 months to conduct all the administration procedure. Therefore, from the selection process, it usually takes 6 months. Additionally, admitted trainees will take time to process the visa application. As for the specific timeline of each batch, please check the detail information on the Host Company home page.
Email will be a main communication way to work together for the host companies with LEAP Program Office, so please acknowledge LEAP Program Office mail: email@example.com.
LEAP Program Office held two batches in a year, the timeline is around March and July, the accurate time will be announced on the Host company home page or click the link Contact us below to fill in your company contact information. When the timeline is approaching, LEAP Program office would send you a reminder email to tell you how to apply for being a Host Company.
The location of the Host Company
Though LEAP Program is a global talent program, however, due to policy, right now we only could partner with the companies in France, Israel, and U.S.
Additionally, align with Taiwan industry development policy, LEAP Program Office particularly would like to partner with those companies in Internet of things, semiconductors and IC design, biomedical, smart machinery, digital economy, green energy, defense, new agriculture, circular economy, and cultural technology innovation field.
Prospective Host organizations have to:
People with a Ph.D. degree. Those who do not have a Ph.D. degree will be considered if their work experience is related to the governmental policy of technology development, or with other special achievements.
Backgrounds of innovative industries including the Internet of things, semiconductors and IC design, biomedical, smart machinery, digital economy, green energy, defense, new agriculture, circular economy and cultural innovation are preferred.
The whole LEAP Program selection process would collaborate with the host companies, and the companies would have the right to interview and choose the candidates.
In the U.S, LEAP trainee visa category will be J-1 Trainee, and MOST will help the Host Company deal with the VISA application, and will be responsible for VISA application fee as well as relevant insurance fee.
For the visa application process, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), an authorized agency designated by the U.S. Department of State for the J-1 Visa Program, will contact both the Host Company and the trainee regarding the subsequent Visa procedures once the announcement is made.
In France, regarding the French regulation, LEAP trainee visa category will be Talent Passport (passeport talent). When applying for the Talent Passport, the trainee would have to provide a work contract indicating the minimum salary*. As a consequence, the salary must be paid by the host company, and the subsidy from MOST cannot be counted since it is granted directly by the MOST to the laureate.
Please be aware that only the French company is responsible for delivering to the trainee a work contract in line with the Talent Passport criteria. And LEAP Program Office will also assist LEAP trainee(s) to apply for VISA with Bureau Français de Taipei.
(*) minimum salary amount: salary equivalent to 1.5 times SMIC in minimum 12 months
In Israel, according to the State regulation, LEAP trainee visa category will be B-1 Work Visa. The B-1 Work Visa requires the company to provide the trainee a work contract with a salary double the average wage. In other words, although MOST will provide the individual LEAP trainee(s) grants, the company still has to pay the trainee salary and a work contract in line with the B-1 Work Visa. LEAP Program Office will also assist LEAP trainee(s) to apply for VISA from Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.
Should you have any further questions, please contact LEAP Program office for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding to LEAP Program Office is based in Taiwan, and the host companies located in U.S, France, Israel. The whole communication and administration process of LEAP Program would conduct in the air. If the host companies could be aware of the following notifications, it would help both parties have a pleasant collaboration.
1. Be aware of LEAP Program Administration timeline and E-mails
LEAP Program Office would release the timeline of each batch on the Host company home page and send reminders while the significant milestone is approaching, we would need your assistance to confirm and coordinate the following administrative work.
Some host companies email system would block LEAP Program Office mail as a spam mail, so please check the spam mail from time to time, particularly the date is approaching each timeline.
The timeline would be like the following flow chart for your reference.
2. Company Information, Candidate interview, Trainees on Board Administration are three of the most important procedures that LEAP Program office need the host company to collaborate closely.
3. Please inform LEAP Program Office the Substitute contact
While the main contact of your company for LEAP Program on vocation or he/she is no longer in the company, please do remember to inform LEAP Program Office who is the substitute contact, in order to keep being informed during the selection process.