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  • 2019 KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training
  • 2018-07-11
  • Application Period 2018-07-12 12:00:00 ~ 2018-08-31 12:00:00
  • Registrant
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2019 KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training



Since 1993, the Korea Foundation has offered an annual fellowship program for Korean language training for the general promotion and dissemination of the Korean language, which is the basis of promoting Korean studies and Korea-related activities overseas. In accordance with the guidelines listed below, the Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2019 KLT program.



Program Outline


The KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training (KLT) program provides an opportunity for graduate students of Korean studies, Korean studies researchers and those working in Korea-related fields overseas to learn Korean in an intensive immersion program at a university in Korea for at least six months.


Eligible Applicants


Those who are majoring in Korean studies (humanities, social sciences, and culture/arts), currently involved in Korea-related research, or working in a Korea-related field who correspond to one of the following profiles may apply for the KLT program. All those who apply must be able to understand and speak at least basic-level Korean.




MA/PhD candidates

Graduate students pursuing a major or minor in a Korea-related field with a detailed thesis proposal on a Korea-related topic

University professors, university lecturers and researchers

Professors, or lecturers who are currently teaching Korea-related or Korean language courses or researchers who are conducting Korea-related research at a university or research institute (non-profit, government-funded, university-affiliated, etc.).


Professionals engaged in Korea-related activities in the arts and culture field (for example, a curator of a Korean gallery at a museum, a Korean studies librarian at a university, a journalist who mainly deals with current affairs on Korea)

Undergraduate students

Major or minor in Korean studies (or Korean language) in one of the following regions: Southeast Asia, Central Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa

Undergraduate students in their Korean language instruction certification programs

  - Junior or Senior year of the programs

  - Non-ethnic Koreans only

Former Diplomat Fellows

Former fellows who have completed the KF Korean Language and Culture Program for Diplomats and wish to take more courses that are focused on language training (applicant pool determined separately)


Persons corresponding to any of the following profiles will NOT be considered for the fellowship:

   - Korean citizen

   - An individual already studying or conducting research in Korea

   - An individual planning to enroll in a degree program at a higher educational institution in  Korea

      During the fellowship period, one may not register a degree program at a Korean university.

  - Individuals who have received the KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training in 2 years



Number of Available Fellowship Awards


Approximately 40 per year

The number is subject to change due to budgetary considerations.

Terms and Details of Program Support


1. Living expenses (monthly basis)

  ① Undergraduates, BA or MA degree holders or individuals with less than three years of

        related career experience: KRW 1,000,000

   PhD candidates and those with at least three years of related career experience: KRW 1,200,000

2. Travel allowance: KRW 300,000 (one-time benefit)

3. Tuition and fees for learning institution: Approximately KRW 2,000,000 per term

4. Health insurance (accident insurance and medical care insurance provided by a Korean insurance company)

Language Education Institute


Korean language institute at a Korean university (Institute for 2019 TBD)

Fellowship Period


Six months

 If the fellowship recipient demonstrates outstanding results, the fellowship period may be extended for up to two three-month periods, adding up to a maximum total period of 12 months


Program Schedule


1. Application Period: July 12, 2018 12:00 p.m. to August 31, 2018 12:00 p.m. (in Korean time)

2. Notification of Results: December 2018

  Notification date is subject to change without prior notice.

       The result will be provided to individual applicant via e-mail.

3. The Fellowship period starts in the spring term (March to August) or fall term (September to February) of the following year. Applicants may select their preferred term.


How to Apply


Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application System (

Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of this program announcement and complete the online application form. You must first register for membership before applying.


《 Important Reminders for the Online Application》

  - The “Apply” button is activated only during the application period 

     (from July 12 to August 31, 2018).

  - The application and all supporting documents should be written in English or Korean.

  - Bibliographies and/or citations in any publications or dissertations included with the application

     must follow APA or MLA style.

  - Click the ‘Temporary Save’ button whenever you make any changes to the application,

     particularly when attaching supplemental documents.

  - For supplementary documents, one PDF file may be uploaded per category.

Required Documents


《 Important Reminders for submission》

- One PDF file may be uploaded per attachment category.

- Only scanned and saved files are valid. Photograph files will not be counted toward the application.

- Those who are selected as fellowship awardees may be requested by KF to submit additional documentation.

- After an applicant submits an online application, the online application system will automatically send an e-mail to the recommenders whose e-mail information has been provided in advance by the applicant. Therefore, an applicant should inform their recommenders about the impending letter of recommendation before applying. (Both recommendations must be received during the application submission period in order for the application to be processed.)



By Type


Undergraduate students

1. Certificate of enrollment issued during the application period: any document that verifies your current affiliation.

Must have been issued during from July to August 2018 which is the application period


2. Transcripts

- a transcript of grades received for all undergraduate academic work

Students who have not yet graduated must submit grades for the spring 2018 semester as well.

1. Online application form

Applicant’s personal/basic information

Proposal (Within 400 words in English or 400 letters in Korean, please explain your reasons and goal for undertaking Korean language training, the necessity for Korean language competency in your studies or current job, and future plans.)


2. A copy of the applicant’s highest academic degree


3. Evidence of Korean language proficiency

Applicants with TOPIK Level 3 proficiency preferred

- TOPIK or KLPT (Korean Language Proficiency Test) certificates of proficiency, university language program transcripts (only as a supplement), and etc.


4. Two letters of reference (directly submitted via online application system by recommenders)

 ①  Head of affiliated institution

 Undergraduate and graduate students: department head, thesis supervisor, etc.

Professors, lecturers or other professionals: Head of applicant’s affiliated institution (for example, the affiliated university’s dean or higher authority, director or higher authority of the affiliated division, etc.)

 ② Korean language instructor: must be authorized professors or lecturers specializing in Korean and be capable of evaluating the applicant’s level of Korean proficiency.



1. Certificate of enrollment issued during the application period: any document that verifies your current affiliation.

Must have been issued during from July to August 2018 which is the application period


2. Transcripts

- a transcript of grades received for all undergraduate and graduate academic work

Students who have not yet graduated must submit grades for the spring 2018 semester as well.

University professors, university lecturers and researchers

1. Certificate of employment issued during the application period: any document that verifies your current affiliation.

Must have been issued during from July to August 2018 which is the application period


2. Transcripts

 - only the transcript of the applicant's highest degree


Former Diplomat Fellows




Fellowship recipients must progress one language level higher for each term of study. After the fellowship period has expired, the recipient must submit a final report of his/her results to the Foundation in accordance with a format provided by KF.


Important Reminders on Fellowship


1. The institution at which a fellowship recipient is to receive training will be selected by the KF, and the recipient must begin his/her fellowship period in March or September.

2. Recipients may not defer enrollment to the following year.

3. During the fellowship period, fellowship recipients may not receive support from another KF program or another institution.

4. During the fellowship period, recipients may not engage in any type of profit-making or remunerative activity.

5. Personal informations on your application will be used ONLY for the program and submitting the application will be regarded as your consent for collection of personal information.



Inquiries about program:

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