2021 KF Scholarships for graduate and post-grad studies

The 2021 KF Scholarship for Graduate Studies

The KF Scholarship for Graduate Studies (GS) program aims to foster a new generation of Korean studies scholars by providing scholarship to students who are currently enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Korean studies. 

Eligibility 
  • Students currently registered at a university
  • Those with non-Korean citizenship 
  • Korean citizens with permanent residency status in other country.
    • NB: Graduate students enrolled in natural science, medicine, engineering, MBA, law school, and translation and interpretation programs are not eligible to apply.
Support details

Tuition (Different by region/country in consideration of local tuition and price level) 

Fellowship period 

One year 

  • Master’s candidates are eligible to apply for funding for up to two years while doctoral candidates up to three years.
  • Fellowship is not awarded if recipients do not reside in the country of their university during the fellowship period.
  • Preference is given to applicants who are proficient in Korean so that they can use Korean primary sources for their study and research. 
  • Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the Foundation or other institution.
  • Fellowship is valid only for the year as originally requested in their applications, and may not be deferred to the following year. 
Responsibilities of fellowship recipients 

(1) Submission of a Report 
Fellowship recipients are required to submit a report about their achievement within one month after the end of the fellowship period, using the KF’s report form. 
(2) Further Reporting Requirements 
Upon obtaining their degrees, fellowship recipients are required to submit a copy of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation to the Foundation. They are also required to inform the Foundation of their research achievements, major activities and any changes in their academic career. 

How to apply 

Please apply here.

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The 2021 KF Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

The KF Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research is designed to support rising scholars who have recently earned a PhD of a Korea-related topic to undertake a full-time research at a university or research organization.

Eligibility

Scholars who have recently earned a doctoral degree in the humanities, social sciences, arts or culture on a Korea-related topic and correspond to the following profiles:

  • Scholars with non-Korean citizenship or permanent residency status in other countries
  • Scholars who have not been hired as a full-time lecturer or higher at a university or a full-time researcher at a research institution 
  • Scholars who obtained a doctoral degree within the past five years
  • Doctoral candidates scheduled to receive a doctoral degree by the time they sign a fellowship agreement with the Foundation 
Eligible areas 

Research activities including the revising of one’s doctoral dissertation for publication 

Support details

Annual research stipend (to be determined by the Foundation in consideration of actual costs) 

Fellowship period 

Twelve months (Fellowship start and end dates to be decided in accordance with the academic year)
* Fellowship grant is disbursed in three installments (50%, 40% and 10%) and the second and third installments are awarded after the receipt of mid/final reports. 

Reminders 
  • During the fellowship period, recipients must conduct research at a university (or a research institution) outside of Korea that offers a Korean studies program, has faculty members in the fields of their research interest, and houses Korean library collections. 
  • Fellowship recipients may not conduct research at the university from which they obtained their doctorate.
  • Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the Foundation or other institutions during the fellowship period. 
    • When fellowship recipients receive any other grant from other institutions, they must reimburse the grant they have received from the Foundation so far.
    • The fellowship period may not be postponed to the following year. 
    • Fellowship recipients may receive the KF Postdoctoral Fellowship only once. Former KF Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible to apply for the same fellowship program again. 
Responsibilities of fellowship recipients 

(1) Full-time research 
Fellowship recipients must devote the fellowship period to their research as stated in their proposals. They may teach at the affiliated institution to the extent that teaching activities do not interfere their research activities. (limited to one course per term) 
(2) Participation in academic activities at the affiliated institution
Fellowship recipients must reside in the city of their host institution and participate in various Korea-related academic activities. 
(3) Submission of a report 
Within 15 days after the end of the fellowship period, recipients must submit a report on their research activities during the fellowship period, using the Foundation’s report form. 
(4) Further reporting 
After the fellowship period expires, fellowship recipients must report to the Foundation any research achievements, major activities and any change in their academic career. 
(5) Publication 
Fellowship recipients must revise their dissertation during the fellowship period and publish it as a book or a research paper within five years after the end of the fellowship period.

How to apply

Please apply here.

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