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.
- 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 applicantâ€™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: ê¹€ê²½ìš± ë‹¨íŽ¸ì§‘ â€˜ìœ„í—˜í•œ ë…ì„œâ€™ (p. 9 â€“ 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.
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