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  • 2017 KF Fellowship For Graduate Studies for North America
  • 2017-01-09


   2017 Korea Foundation Fellowship

For Graduate Studies for North America


Program Outline

KF Fellowship for Graduate Studies(GS) program is aimed to foster a new generation of Korean Studies scholars by providing scholarship support to students who are currently enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Korean Studies.


Applicant Eligibility

-MA or PhD students currently enrolled in a graduate program in North America (as of 2017 Fall semester) on a Korea-related topic in the humanities, social sciences, arts or cultural studies
-Must be a registered student at the university of the enrolled program
-Has foreign citizenship (Korean citizens must have permanent residency status in a country outside Korea)  
*Excluded programs: natural science, medicine, engineering, MBA, law school, graduate school of translation and interpretation


Number of Available Fellowships

Approximately 10


Grant Period

1 year (September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018)


Grant Amount

US$25,000 per year


Application Schedule

- Application submission period: January 9 – 18:00, February 13, 2017 (KST)

* Reference letters should be submitted by February 17, 2017.

- Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2017

Notification date is subject to change without prior notice.


Required Documents

1. Online Application

2. Supplemental materials (uploaded to online application)


 a) Research Proposal (must not exceed 3 pages)
    1) Download and fill out the Foundation’s Research Proposal form (attached) and then upload the completed form to the Online Application. Please include a bibliography.

 ※ Applicants who are applying for a second/third fellowship period should describe the progress made during the previous fellowship period


 b) Transcript
     1) Master level: Academic transcript of undergraduate degree

 ※  Applicants who are applying for a second fellowship period are only required to submit the academic transcripts of the previous fellowship period.

    2) Doctoral level: Academic transcripts of Master’s degree and undergraduate degree

 ※  Applicants who are applying for a second/third fellowship period are only required to submit the academic transcripts of the Doctoral courses.


 c) Curriculum Vitae: Including information about educational experience, professional experience, and fellowships and grants received in the past and a list of research accomplishments and publications.


 d) Three (3) Letters of Reference
    1) Dissertation supervisor: 1 copy
    2) A professor who is qualified to assess your research proposal: 1 copy
    3) An individual who is able to verify your Korean language competency: 1 copy

After an applicant files an online application, the KF’s Online Application System will automatically send an email to the recommender provided by him or her. The email will request that the recommender write a letter of reference and upload it onto the KF Online Application System. Therefore, applicants should inform their recommenders of this before beginning the application process.

 Applicants who are applying for a second/third fellowship period are only required to submit one reference by the dissertation supervisor.


How to apply


Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of this program announcement and complete the online application form.

The “Apply” button is only activated during the application period from January 9, 2017 to 18:00, February 13, 2017(KST).
The application form and all other required documentation must be submitted in Korean or English


Important Reminders on Application Process

-MA students are eligible for up to two years of funding. PhD students are eligible for up to three years of funding.

-Applicants must reside in the country of the university at which they are registered.

-Applicants proficient enough in Korean to be able to use Korean primary sources for their study and research are especially encouraged to apply.

-Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the Foundation or any other third-party institution.

-Fellowship recipients must enroll in the program applied to at the semester indicated on the application. Admission 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 within one month of the end of the fellowship period, detailing the progress made during this period. The report must be drafted and submitted using the KF’s report form.

2. Further reporting requirements

Fellowship recipients, upon obtaining their degree, are required to submit a copy of their MA thesis or PhD dissertation to the Foundation.


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


Further Inquiries

KIM Byung-Kon

Director of KF LA office

Contact information: / 1-213-389-2003

Regarding KF Application Portal system: .


Posted on January 9, 2017.

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