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2010 AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies

The AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies is designed to provide international scholars and doctoral candidates an opportunity to carry out their research (dissertation research) in Korea.

Individuals in the humanities and social sciences who are currently engaged in Korea-related teaching and research activities are eligible to apply (The fellowship is not open to Korean nationals, except those with permanent resident status in foreign countries):
1. Senior Research Fellowship: Associate professor level or above at a university or Ph.D. holder with more than 7 years of research experience.
2. Junior Research Fellowship: Assistant professor level or below at a university or Ph.D. holders with less than 7 years of research experience.
3. Pre-doc Fellowship: Doctoral candidates who have completed all academic requirements (i.e., ABD) except their dissertation.

While at the Academy, fellows can be provided the opportunity to give lectures to graduate students, to conduct joint research with faculty members and to participate in academic activities in the AKS. Applicants are encouraged to submit detailed research plans; those candidates with research programs that will result in a publication (e.g., a book or dissertation) are preferred.

Grant Period
The period of fellowship may begin any time between January 1 and December 31, 2010 and fellows are eligible for a maximum of one year support after arrival.

Fellowship Grant
1. Economy-class round-trip airfare: Only provided to overseas awardees

※ The payment will be made after your arrival. In conjunction with the public budgeting of Korea 2010, the GTR (Government Transportation Request) rate will be applied.
※ In case your original travel location is not listed on the GTR, AKS will pay the actual airfare. An appropriate voucher or invoice is required.

2. Accommodation on campus is available. Fellows are required to pay their room charge.
3. Monthly Stipend
(1) Senior Research Fellowship: 2,500,000 won
(2) Junior Research Fellowship: 2,000,000 won
(3) Pre-doc Fellowship: 1,500,000 won

4. Access to the facilities of the Academy, including the library.

Selection Procedure and Criteria
All applications are reviewed by International Exchange Committee. The criteria used in reviewing applications are as follows:
1. Senior or Junior Research Fellowship
(1) The merit of the research plan and the feasibility of carrying out the proposed research at the Academy
(2) Track records
(3) Possibility of contribution to AKS
(4) Two letters of Recommendation

2. Pre-doc Fellowship
(1) Excellence and feasibility of research topic
(2) Track records
(3) Possibility of contribution to AKS
(4) Two letters of Recommendation

Required Materials
1. Senior or Junior Research Fellowship
(1) Application Form
(2) Curriculum Vitae
(3) 2 Recommendations

2. Pre-doc Fellowship
(1) Application Form
(2) Graduate school transcript
(3) 2 Recommendations (one from dissertation director)

* Application materials can be downloaded from our website at
* Applicants should submit attached files of the required materials by e-mail or the original documents by mail. Documents must be postmarked no later than the deadline.

Obligations of Fellowship Recipients
1. Fellows are expected to present their research results at an Academy Colloquium.
2. Publication resulted from this program should acknowledge fellowship support from AKS.

1. There might be a disadvantage to applicants who have been awarded fellowships from any Korean institutes or those who have rejected an AKS fellowship due to personal reasons within the last three years.
2. If you resign before the end of tenure period, you must return any funds received and will be prevented from applying to AKS grants for certain period, according to the official order 36 of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Application Deadline
All applications must be received by October 31 (Sat), 2009

Those selected will be notified individually by December 15 (Tue), 2009.

Scholars interested in applying should address application materials to:
International Support Division for Korean Studies
The Center for Information on Korean Culture
The Academy of Korean Studies
110 Haogogae-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 463-791, Republic of Korea
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