Programs & Apply

  • 2019 Support for Libraries with Korean Collections
  • 2018-07-03
  • Application Period 2018-07-12 00:00:00 ~ 2018-09-11 18:00:00
  • Registrant
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Support for Libraries with Korean Collections

Program Outline


This support program is implemented in response to the fast-growing demand for Korean Studies from all regions of the world. In particular, the program seeks to provide eligible libraries with financial support so that their Korea-related materials can be made more accessible for users and administered in a more effective manner, thereby enabling these libraries to function as vital resource centers for the advancement of Korean Studies.

Eligible Applicants

Applicant libraries are required to maintain a Korea-related collection that consists of more than 5,000 volumes.

Program Support Alternatives (Only One Alternative is allowed)

1. Personnel costs to retain a staff librarian dedicated to managing the library’s Korean Collection and administrative matters. (Such support is made available for an agreed-upon interim period, after which the university must agree to maintain the subject position from its own resources.)

2. Project costs to develop/upgrade digitization or cataloging system to administer the Korean collection in a more effective manner.

3. Direct costs for activities that seek to broaden utilization of the Korean collection, such as exhibitions/demonstrations, lectures, and outreach initiatives.

Period of Support


Up to one year, for projects scheduled to start in 2019

(Multiple-year support will be considered, depending on the recipient library’s circumstances and subject to an annual evaluation of the previous year’s program outcomes and availability of the Foundation’s program resources.)

Amount of Support

The amount of the program support made available to a recipient library will be determined by Korea Foundation based on evaluation of all eligible applications. (The recipient library and the Korea Foundation will agree to a suitable cost-sharing arrangement based on the applicant’s program proposal and its particular situation.)

Program Schedule

1. Application Period: July 12 to September 11, 2018 (Deadline: September 11, 18:00 KST)

2. Notification of Results: December 2018

Required Documents

1. A letter of endorsement from the head librarian that outlines the library’s need for support from this program

2. Application form

How to Apply

All required documents must be submitted via the KF Application Portal (

Evaluation Criteria

1. Feasibility of support proposal and capability to achieve intended outcomes

2. Current status of holdings and usage of library’s Korean Studies materials

3. Library’s plans to further develop its Korean collection

4. Consideration of regional diversity


An annual report, in accordance with Korea Foundation’s report form and requirements, must be submitted by the library to confirm the proper application of the program support and to describe the relevant outcomes.

Contact Information

Korean Studies Department (

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