Korean Literature Translation Fellowship Program 2010

The Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (ICF), a Seoul-based non-prof­it foun­da­tion, spon­sors the Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Fel­low­ship Pro­gram, which is designed to pro­vide prospec­tive trans­la­tors with finan­cial assis­tance for study­ing at Kore­an uni­ver­si­ties or at their home insti­tu­tions to devel­op their skills as trans­la­tors of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture. The ICF invites appli­ca­tions from can­di­dates whose Eng­lish is equiv­a­lent to that of a native speak­er and who want to spe­cial­ize in trans­lat­ing Kore­an lit­er­a­ture into English. 

Appli­cants must be native speak­ers of Eng­lish or Kore­an nation­als grant­ed for­eign res­i­den­cy sta­tus who are cur­rent­ly engaged in M.A. or Ph.D. stud­ies in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture, com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture, Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, or cre­ative writ­ing in an aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion, whether in Korea or in an Eng­lish-speak­ing coun­try, or have received admis­sion for such stud­ies. Also, appli­cants must have an abil­i­ty to speak Kore­an at a min­i­mum of LPI (FSI/​ILR) 2.0 or OPI Advanced level. 

The term of the fel­low­ship is one year, renew­able, with a month­ly stipend of two mil­lion Kore­an won for the in-Korea pro­gram and a quar­ter­ly stipend of US$5,000 for the over­seas pro­gram. Dur­ing the term of the fel­low­ship, in-Korea can­di­dates must either be affil­i­at­ed with a Kore­an uni­ver­si­ty or pur­sue research under the super­vi­sion of a fac­ul­ty advi­sor resid­ing in Korea, and over­seas pro­gram can­di­dates must be affil­i­at­ed with a pro­gram of M.A. or Ph.D. studies. 

Selec­tion cri­te­ria include Kore­an lan­guage abil­i­ty and trans­la­tion skills, knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture, and a relat­ed trans­la­tion or stud­ies pro­pos­al. All appli­cants must sub­mit a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from a pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture, Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, or cre­ative writ­ing, whether at their home uni­ver­si­ty or at some oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic institution. 

Appli­ca­tion Materials 

  • A com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion form (obtained from ICF) and a sealed let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion. The appli­ca­tion form can be down­loaded from http://exam.ybmsisa.com/icf/icf03_1.asp.
  • A let­ter, in either Kore­an or Eng­lish, explain­ing the applicant’s inter­est in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and trans­la­tion includ­ing any par­tic­u­lar rea­son for want­i­ng to enter the field, cur­rent activ­i­ties, and future plans.
  • A rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter from a pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture, Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture, or cre­ative writ­ing, whether at their home uni­ver­si­ty or at some oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic institution.
  • A cur­ricu­lum vitae in either Kore­an or English.
  • Offi­cial tran­scripts for all uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies, both under­grad­u­ate and graduate.
  • A copy of a score report or com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate for any Kore­an lan­guage train­ing pro­gram, if any.
  • An Eng­lish trans­la­tion of the fol­low­ing Kore­an lit­er­ary work: 김경욱 단편집 ‘위í — ˜í•œ 독서’ (p. 9 – p. 16). If the work is unavail­able local­ly, a copy can be request­ed from ICF.

All appli­ca­tions and sup­port mate­ri­als must be received by ICF post­marked no lat­er than Sep­tem­ber 30, 2010. The results of the selec­tion will be announced by mid-Novem­ber, 2010, and the sub­mit­ted appli­ca­tions and sup­port mate­ri­als will not be returned to appli­cants after the screening.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, contact: 

  • Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Fel­low­ship Program
    The Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Foundation
    56 – 15, Jong­no 2-ga, Jongno-gu,
    Seoul 110 – 122, KOREA

    www.icfkorea.net /​ E-mail: yds@icfkorea.net
    Tel: 82+2 2280 – 7230 /​ Fax: 82+2 2269 – 4310