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KF Fellowship For Postdoctoral Research in Korean Studies┋European Region

The KF Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research is designed to support the full-time research of rising scholars who have recently earned a PhD of a Korea-related topic at a university or research organization located in the European region.

Applicant Eligibility

Rising scholars with a recent PhD in the humanities, social sciences, arts or culture on a Korea-related topic must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Has citizenship or permanent residency status in a country outside Korea
  • Has not been awarded a position at a university equivalent or exceeding that of a full-time lecturer or be designated as a senior researcher of a research institution
  • Has obtained a PhD degree within the past five years
  • A PhD candidate who is scheduled to receive a PhD degree by August 31, 2017

Supported Activities

All aspects of academic research including the editing of one’s doctoral dissertation for publication

Grant Amount

Research stipend (will be determined based on actual costs)

Important Reminders on Application Process

Fellowship recipients receiving research stipends under this program must conduct research at a major overseas university in the European region offering a Korean Studies program and having a Korean Studies faculty and library collection (excluding the university from which the fellow obtained his/her PhD degree).

Fellowship recipients may not conduct research at the university from which he or she obtained his or her PhD degree.

Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the Foundation or any other third-party institution. Please be aware that if you receive any other scholarship from the third-party institution, the Foundation will cease the support and request to reimburse the grant to the Foundation.

Fellowship recipients must enroll in the applied program in the semester indicated on the application. Admission may not be deferred to the following year.

Fellowship recipients may receive the KF postdoctoral fellowship only once. Those who have already received the fellowship may not reapply.

Responsibilities of Fellowship Recipients

Full-time research

Fellowship recipients must devote the fellowship period entirely to their research. They are, however, permitted to teach at the affiliated institution to the extent that teaching activities do not interfere with the progress of their research (limit of 1 course per term).

Participation in academic activities of the affiliated institution

Fellowship recipients are required to participate in academic activities of the host institution during their research stay.

Submission of a final report

Fellowship recipients are required to submit a final report within 7 days of the end of the fellowship period, detailing the progress made during this period, and drafted using the KF’s report form.

Further reporting requirements

Fellowship recipients must report to the Foundation even after the fellowship period expired, any major activities involved in and/or status of scholarly debut in academia.

Publication requirement

Fellowship recipients must revise their doctoral dissertation during the fellowship period and publish it as a book or as a research paper within three years of the end of 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.

Application date
3 Apr 2017
Date of residence
1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018
1 year
Asia South Korea
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available