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Korea Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Korea Foundation


Program Summary

This program seeks to promote Korean studies and foster young scholars in this field by providing graduate students majoring in Korean studies in North America with scholarships for their coursework and/or research while enrolled at their home institutions. It covers students only through the year that they are advanced to candidacy and only if they are in residence (not overseas research). Please refer to the Korea Foundation Fellowship program for research abroad funding possibilities

Basic Qualification

1. MA or PhD level students majoring in Korean studies at any university in North America.

2. Fields of Study: Korea-related coursework and research in the humanities and social sciences, culture and arts, and comparative research related to Korea. Natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering fields are not eligible.


1. Applicants should be expected to show sufficient ability to use Korean-language sources in their study and research. This ability should be mentioned in the applicant's cover letter, and in addition, one (of three) required letters of recommendation must be a language reference from an advisor or language instructor attesting to the student's language ability.

2. This program is intended for students majoring in Korean studies at U.S./Canadian universities. Korean nationals are eligible to apply only if they have permanent residency status in the U.S. or Canada.

3. Students who are receiving support from other programs administered by the Foundation, such as the Korea Foundation Fellowships for Korean Studies or Korean Language Training, are not eligible for concurrent support under this program.


1. Scholarships are for one academic year only. Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for additional support, however, they will be judged competitively against that year's pool of applicants.

2. Fellowship Period

a. Ph.D. Students: Up to four (4) successive years (coursework: 3 years/ dissertation: 1 year)

b. M.A. Students: Up to two (2) successive years

3. Scholarship amounts will be determined by the review committee, but generally will be in the range of $10,000–$20,000. Awards will be provided in the form of flat stipends and are intended to cover living expenses and/or tuition costs.

4. Scholarship recipients are required to submit a report (see on their academic/research activities at the conclusion of their scholarship period.


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February 15, 2005


Application form available at Inquiries concerning the program may be directed to the Fellowship Program Team of the Korea Foundation by e-mail at or by telephone at 82-2-3463-5614.

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