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Korean Migration and Development

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Korean Migration and Development


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The Social Science Research Council announces a competition for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on Korean International Migration and Development.  Fellowships are available for research and writing to be conducted between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007.  Applications are due April 10, 2006. 


Funding to support these fellowships has been provided by the Korea Research Foundation.

 Goals and Topics:

The purpose of this fellowship program is to foster innovative research that will improve understandings of the relationship of international migration to economic development and related social, political, and cultural processes.  Research will be supported that focuses on Korean international migration and its developmental implications in Korea and/or in the country receiving migrants.  Research topics that might be proposed include but should not be limited to:

 ·         The international transfer of migrants’ remittances and their developmental impacts through consumption, education, savings, investment, loans, and other activities related to economic and social development.

 ·         The developmental implications of the movement of unskilled and skilled workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs for the welfare and growth of families, communities, and national markets within Korea and countries of migrant reception.

 ·         The relationship between migration and international trade between Korea and migrant receiving countries.

 ·         The roles of international networks and organizations – such as churches, professional associations, extended families, hometown associations, trade and business groups, political coalitions, etc. – in shaping economic activities, development processes, and their outcomes.

 ·         The role of international migrants in forming national and local policies to reinforce overseas Koreans’ national identities and the impact of such policies on economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of development.

 ·         The implications of migration for culturally based trade and consumption – e.g. exports of traditional consumer goods to Koreans abroad; tourism for returning migrants and their children; exchanges of music, art, cinema and other cultural forms – as related to economic growth and social development.


Applications to research these or other aspects of Korean migration and development of a contemporary or historical nature are welcome.


The Awards:

Four fellowships of $25,000 each will be awarded to support research and writing that can begin as early as June 1, 2006 and must be completed by May 31, 2007.  Fellowship funds can be used to cover salary and/or research expenses.  Applicants are encouraged to seek supplemental financial support as useful.

 Pairs of scholars are encouraged to submit joint applications for a single fellowship. For example, two scholars based in different disciplines can propose to examine an aspect of migration and development from cross-disciplinary perspectives or two scholars based in Korea and the United States can propose to examine a transnational aspect of migration and development linking Korea and a migrant receiving country.

 Scholars who accept a fellowship will be required to participate in two meetings with the other fellows and members of the Fellowship Selection Committee to consider how to link and enhance the collective contributions of their research.  The meetings will take place June 6-8, 2006 prior to the initiation of research and May 28-30, 2007 after research and writing-up of results have been completed.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

Scholars who are based in Korea or the United States and who hold a PhD in any of the social sciences (including history) are eligible to apply for a fellowship.  Applicants must be professionally proficient in English. 

 Priority will be given to applicants who propose to research significant questions, will employ appropriate methods of research and analysis, have backgrounds of prior research accomplishment, and whose project promises to contribute new understandings of migration and development specific to Korean migration but with theoretical implications for the advancement of migration and development studies more broadly. 


Application Process:

Applications must arrive at the offices of the SSRC on or before the deadline of April 10, 2006 and include five copies of the following documents:

 1.          Application form;

2.          Project description;

3.          Two letters of recommendation;

4.          Curriculum Vitae;

5.          Demonstration of English proficiency.


Applications must be written in English and mailed to:

 Korean Migration and Development Fellowships

International Migration Program

Social Science Research Council

810 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY  10019


Awards will be announced and applicants notified by May 15, 2006.


For further information contact the SSRC International Migration Program:


Tel: (212) 377-2700 ext. 604


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