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Fellowship for Field Research in Korea

The Korea Foundation (KF)


Doctoral candidates : who have completed all academic requirements except their dissertation.
University professors and lecturers, and professional researchers : who are currently engaged in Korea-related research or courses at universities or research institutes.
Applicants with a specific research purpose such as the writing of their dissertations or publication of books are preferred.
[ Notes ]
Candidates must possess adequate proficiency in Korean or English to conduct their research project and prepare required reports.
For Korean nationals, only those who have been granted foreign residency status or are serving in regular faculty positions at foreign universities are eligible to apply.

Field of Project/Study/Research

Korea-related research in the humanities, social sciences, culture and arts; and comparative research related to Korea.
* Number of fellows varies based on the Foundation's annual plan (Average 30~40 per year)


Those majoring in natural sciences, medicine or engineering are not eligible.
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for consideration.
Already residing or conducting research in Korea.
Interested in improving their Korean-language ability or attending regular courses at a Korean university.
Former recipients who have completed a Field Research fellowship period within the past three years.

Grant/Fellowship Terms and Amount

Monthly stipend
o Master's degree and below: 900,000 Won
o Doctoral candidates and above: 1,100,000 Won
* Settling-in Allowance : 300,000 Won (one-time benefit)
* Tuition for Korean Language Course
* Travellers' Insurance : Reimbursement for medical expenses incurred due to illness or accidents in Korea during the grant period.

Grant/Fellowship Period
3~12 months
The grant period approved by the Foundation may differ from that requested by the applicant.
In general, an extension or curtailment of the grant period is not allowed.

Application Procedure
Application Materials
Completed Application Form
Curriculum Vitae: Include academic degrees, disciplines, titles of theses or dissertations, dates degrees were received, record of employment and current position, previous grants and fellowships, and list of publications and research presentations.
Research Proposal: Summary of the proposed research, at least 3 pages long (single-spaced), which includes the following information:
description of proposed research and objectives
significance of the research in terms of disciplinary concerns as well as its relevance to Korean Studies
description of the research methods and materials
current status of and progress realized on the research, and what you expect to accomplish during the fellowship period; and
reasons why field research in Korea will be helpful for completion of the project.
Three Letters of Reference
One from the head of the applicant's institution (University president, dean, department chairperson, institute director or other institution head)
One from an individual capable of evaluating the applicant's research proposal. (Professional researchers, professors or someone with equivalent qualification)
For doctoral students, this should be from their dissertation advisor.
One from a Korean scholar/specialist in a related field who will serve as an in-Korea research advisor/coordinator.
Certificate of Most Recent Academic Degree (copy)
Evidence of Current Employment or Enrollment
Graduate School Transcript (doctoral candidates only)

Application Preparation Instructions

The required materials for the application must be submitted in English, or include a Korean or English translation.
Applications which do not satisfy program eligibility requirements may be excluded from the screening process.
Failture to submit complete application forms or required materials may disqualify an application without any prior notice to the applicant.
Applications that arrive after the deadline (July 31) will not be considered for screening.
The submitted applications and attached documents will not be returned to applicants after the screening.

Deadline Date

July 31, in the year prior to the start of the fellowship year being applied for, along with the required additional materials. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Applications will be evaluated by a screening committe of the Foundation that consists of Korean Studies specialists from various fields in September.

Notification of the Grant

Each applicant will be notified individually in October

Submission of Report

Fellowship recipients are required to submit a research paper or other results prepared on the basis of their research activities conducted during their fellowship period.

During their grant period, fellows are required to reside in Korea and undertake their fellowship projects on a full-time basis without engaging in any improper activities, including gainful employment.

Please note:
The Foundation can not provide housing, research facilities, or office space.
Thus, fellows should make any necessary arrangements themselves before coming to Korea.
Fellowship participation may not be deferred to the following year or beyond.

For more information,please contact Fellowship Program

Tel: +82-2)3463-5614 / Fax: +82-2)3463-6075
10th Floor, Diplomatic Center Building, 1376-1 Seocho 2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-072, Korea

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