Fellowship for Field Research, Korea Foundation

For the purpose of promoting overseas research in Korean studies, the Korea Foundation offers program support for the Fellowship for Field Research to provide eminent overseas Korean studies scholars and experts in relevant fields with the opportunity to conduct onsite field research in Korea and access resource materials.

Eligible Applicants
Overseas researchers of comparative/case studies in Korean studies or Korea-related areas in the field of humanities or social sciences who apply to one of the following criteria:

  1. Doctoral candidate who has completed his/her requisite coursework and is in the process of writing his/her doctoral dissertation
  2. Lecturer or researcher with at least five years of experience in teaching or research at a university or research institute
  3. Assistant professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with over 10 years and less than 20 years of career experience (only for PhD degree holders)
  4. Associate / full professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with over 20 years of career experience (only for PhD degree holders)

Number of Selected Fellows : Approx. 30 per year

Fellowship Period
The field research period should begin between March and February of the following year (duration: minimum 1 month – maximum 12 months).

The length of the fellowship period is to be determined by the applicant, however it could be adjusted according to the result by the KF reviewing committee. The start date of the fellowship period should be no later than November 30.

Program Schedule

  • Application Period: July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
  • Notification of Results: December 2015

Notification date is subject to be changed without any prior notice.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application System (http://apply.kf.or.kr)

Obligations of Fellows
All fellows are required to submit a final report on their research (in thesis format) in accordance with the KF standard report form before the conclusion of the fellowship period, and an outcome of field research in Korea as follows:

  1. PhD candidates: PhD dissertation must be completed and PhD degree must be obtained within 2 years after the fellowship period.
  2. Professors, Lecturers, Researchers: Must publish an article in an academic journal registered in A&HCI/SSCI or that is officially registered at a country’s ministry of education (within 2 year after the fellowship period) or a monograph (within 3 years after the fellowship period).

The Korea Foundation will monitor research progress annually for three years following the conclusion of the fellowship period. Fellows who do not fulfill their responsibilities will not be eligible for future support from the Korea Foundation.

Provision of incentive

  • For publication of an article in an A&HCI/SSCI journal within two year after the conclusion of the fellowship period ? USD1,000
  • For publication of a monograph within three years year after the conclusion of the fellowship period: USD2,000.

Important Reminders on Fellowship

  1. Applicants must be able to conduct their research in Korean or English.
  2. For Korean nationals, only those who have acquired permanent residency status in a foreign country are eligible to apply.
  3. Individuals under the following circumstances are not eligible for consideration:
    1. Majored in natural sciences, medicine, or engineering
    2. Currently studying or conducting research in Korea
    3. Seeks to improve Korean language ability or become a regular student at a university in Korea
    4. Has received KF Field Research Fellowship support or other research grant from other Korean institutions within the past three years
  4. The fellowship period approved by the KF may differ from the applicant’s proposed schedule.
  5. Accommodations and research facilities should be arranged by the fellow in cooperation with his/her research affiliation institute. (KF does not provide housing accommodation)
  6. Fellows must have completed prior literature review in their home countries and begin writing the thesis after coming to Korea for the fellowship period.
  7. Fellows may not receive concurrent support from another organization during the fellowship period. Once it has been verified that the fellow is receiving concurrent support, KF support will be cancelled

Further Inquiries
Ms. Jin-young Chun, Korean Studies Department
Tel: +(82)-2-2046-8537
Fax: +82-2-3463-6075
E-mail: jychun@kf.or.kr

Regarding the KF Onliine Application System: KF Help Desk (helpdesk@kf.or.kr)

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