LEAP Program has been launched and supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (the “MOST”), which aims to:
1. Link Taiwan high tech talents with international innovative technology industries in the U.S., France, and Israel to strengthen global talent circulation.
2. Encourage Taiwan high tech talents to acquire international experience to expand their horizons for future career development.
3. Accelerate global knowledge exchange and commercialization as well as international talent cultivation.
4. Promote business development and partnership building by connecting Taiwanese talents with LEAP enterprise partners abroad.
Since 2017, through the “Enterprise Group” and the “Academic Group” of LEAP Program, the MOST has cooperated with more than 130 enterprise partners and with 5 world-class academic institutions abroad. We would like to introduce the “Enterprise Group” in more detail here.
Every year, the “Enterprise Group” of LEAP Program selects and sends two batches of Taiwan talents to high-tech companies, start-ups and venture capitals in the U.S., France, and Israel to promote cross-country knowledge circulation, knowledge commercialization, business innovation and development.
Therefore, we call for companies interested in connecting with the Taiwan market and its innovative technology expertise to apply to become our host companies.
Aligned with the industry development policy of Taiwan, companies in the fields such as Internet of things, semiconductors and IC design, biomedical, smart machinery, digital economy, green energy, defense, new agriculture, circular economy and cultural innovation are preferred.
Through the Program, overseas companies that become LEAP enterprise partners will be expected to host carefully screened, selected, and matched Taiwan talents as LEAP Fellow(s) for up to one year.
Please see the following timelines of the two batches of 2020 for your reference. If you are interested in becoming one of our host companies for the 2020-2 batch, the application period will start from February 2020.
Host companies will host the admitted Taiwanese Ph.D. /professional talents (as“LEAP trainee”) for up to one year. And for each admitted LEAP trainee, the MOST subsidizes up to 50,000 USD as a living allowance during the training period. We look forward to encouraging the Taiwanese high talents to acquire international experiences and promoting the cross-country talent circulation and business development while leveraging the talents’ expertise by dedicating to host companies through LEAP Program.
If your company interested in LEAP program and would like to be part of LEAP Program, please fill in the form above to provide your company information. We would get back to you soon.
Any further questions, Pleases do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail: email@example.com.
It is known that Taiwan delivers high-quality services, products as well as research and development capability in several industries such as semiconductor, computer science, IC design, electronics engineering and so on. Therefore, Taiwan has relevant industry experiences and possesses professional experts in these fields. It is also a great ground to nurture industrial freshmen as well as a great market to showcase. This makes Taiwan a key player in the supply chain and industry chain in the global game.
Taking advantage of the competitive industries with experiences, Taiwan grabs the opportunity to further develop artificial intelligence, Internet of things, big data, smart manufacturing, 5G, green energy, medical services, electric vehicle, and other new technologies. Based on the mature competitive industries, Taiwan is able to adapt to and develop new technologies fast 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 tight connection with ASEAN, New Zealand, Australia and some south Asian countries in several critical industries. This enables Taiwan to have strengthen cooperation relationship 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 Asia and Pacific Ocean, Taiwan is at the core spot for airplane as well as ship that travel both south-north-wise and east-west-wise. Therefore, Taiwan serves as a strategic economic region for industries to arrange offices, presences and sites for branding, business development, marketing, training, maintenance, assembling or other functions.
Taiwan is an active team player in the global village. As a democratic country with richness in history, Taiwan has always been open-minded. Taiwan embraces innovation and constructs its industrial ecosystem by setting up startups and accelerators, encouraging academic institutions to commercialize their research outcomes, and providing a safe space for trial and error. The commitment to encourage innovation and breakthrough drives the country forward.
Moreover, being financially transparent, both economically and politically stable, Taiwan is a trust-worthy country for industries and corporates to set up presences and offices in.
The eligibility of being a LEAP trainee shall obtain a Ph.D. degree or shall have relevant experiences that meet national technology development and special achievements. And the background is preferably in Asia-Silicon Valley, bio, smart mechanics, IC design, semi-conductor, green tech, national defense, aerospace, circular economy, digital national economy and cultural tech. Moreover, we encourage LEAP trainees to have industrial experiences prior to joining LEAP Program so they could not only gain from the training but also could contribute to what expertise and experiences they already have. These make LEAP talent pool appealing and create a win-win situation when host companies host LEAP interns or even have further and deeper relationships in the post-intern period.
Initiated in 2017, LEAP Program cooperates with more than 120 high-tech companies, startups and venture capitals around the U.S., Israel, and France. LEAP Program also leverages Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices of the Ministry of Science and Technology in those continents. Until 2019-1 Batch, LEAP Program has already sponsored more than 110 talents abroad. Those who completed their training period have gone to different parts of the world dedicating what they've gained from the training and have started to make an impact in various industries. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. email@example.com.
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.