2018 Academy of Korean Studies Fellowship Program

Academy of Korean Studies photoThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Fel­low­ship Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies pro­vides inter­na­tion­al schol­ars and doc­tor­al can­di­dates with oppor­tu­nites to car­ry out research in Korea. Appli­ca­tions are being accept­ed until Octo­ber 15, 2017, for research to be car­ried out between Jan­u­ary 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2018. Appli­cants can apply for sup­port for a min­i­mum of one month to a max­i­mum of one year.

The fel­low­ships are avail­able to for­eign schol­ars (includ­ing those who have Kore­an nation­al­i­ty with per­ma­nent res­i­dence sta­tus in for­eign a coun­try) in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences who are cur­rent­ly engaged in Korea-relat­ed teach­ing and research activities.

Grants include econ­o­my-class round trip air­fare, a month­ly stipend, access to the facil­i­ties of AKS includ­ing the library, and up to 50 per­cent dis­count on AKS Guest House charges.

For a full descrip­tion of the var­i­ous fel­low­ship grant cat­e­gories and eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments, along with instruc­tions for sub­mit­ting appli­ca­tions, see the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Web site: http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/viewtopic.php?t=511.

Academy of Korean Studies 2017 Grants

photo of Academy of Korean StudiesThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies has announced the avail­abil­i­ty of its Kore­an Stud­ies Grants for 2017. The grants are intend­ed to “deep­en the world’s under­stand­ing of Korea by sup­port­ing aca­d­e­m­ic activ­i­ties of Kore­an stud­ies.” Grants are avail­able in mul­ti­ple categories:

  • Com­pet­i­tive Research Fund­ing: Sup­ports inves­ti­ga­tor-cho­sen research, indi­vid­ual or col­lab­o­ra­tive, on Korea-relat­ed subjects.
  • Work­shop and Con­fer­ence Sup­port: Sup­ports aca­d­e­m­ic work­shops and con­fer­ences on Korea-relat­ed sub­jects to be held between May 2017 and April 2018.
  • Schol­ar­ly Pub­li­ca­tion Sup­port: Assis­tance for schol­ar­ly pub­li­ca­tion of orig­i­nal research results in books and journals.
  • Edu­ca­tion­al Programs/​Cultural Activ­i­ties Sup­port: Sup­port for lec­tures, edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties designed to dis­sem­i­nate knowl­edge in Kore­an stud­ies to be held between May 2017 and April 2018.
  • Sur­vey of the Cur­rent State of Kore­an Stud­ies and Dig­i­ti­za­tion of Kore­an Stud­ies Mate­ri­als: Sup­port for sur­veys of the state of Kore­an stud­ies in a giv­en area and for the dig­i­ti­za­tion of Kore­an stud­ies mate­ri­als out­side of Korea.

Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted no lat­er than Feb­ru­ary 28, 2017. Accept­ed appli­cants will be noti­fied indi­vid­u­al­ly in April 2017.

Those inter­est­ed in apply­ing for assis­tance should review the Academy’s announce­ment at http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/viewtopic.php?t=502, which describes the scope of the grants, require­ments, and appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures. Inquiries about the pro­gram can be sent to grant@aks.ac.kr.

For more infor­ma­tion about the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, vis­it the Web sites at http://www.aks.ac.kr and http://www.ikorea.ac.kr.

USC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 – 2018

USC postdoctoral fellowshipThe Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Kore­an Stud­ies Insti­tute is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for its 2017 – 2018 AKS
Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low­ship. The USC post­doc­tor­al fel­low­ship is open to schol­ars from all fields whose research per­tains to Korea or involves Korea as part of a larg­er com­par­a­tive or inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research. 

Can­di­dates must have a Ph.D. in hand and should be with­in five years of hav­ing received the degree by the begin­ning of the appoint­ment. The fel­low is expect­ed to remain in res­i­dence dur­ing the fel­low­ship peri­od, present his or her research, par­tic­i­pate in Insti­tute events, and men­tor under­grad­u­ate fel­lows on their research papers.

The fel­low­ship will cov­er up to a twelve-month peri­od from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. It will pro­vide a salary, ben­e­fits, shared office space, and access to libraries and resources at the University.

To Apply

Inter­est­ed appli­cants must sub­mit the fol­low­ing via the on-line appli­ca­tion por­tal by Feb­ru­ary 1, 2017:

  • State­ment of purpose;
  • Cur­ricu­lum vitae;
  • The­sis abstract;
  • Writ­ing sam­ple; and 
  • Two let­ters of recommendation.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Feb­ru­ary 1.

Address fur­ther inquiries to Sarah Shear at ksischolars@usc.edu.

This fel­low­ship is sup­port­ed by the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Korea and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies (AKS-2014-OLU-2250003).

Conference on North Korean Human Rights and South Korean Aid Programs

North Korean human rights conference imageA one-day con­fer­ence at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies on Thurs­day, April 14, 2016, will delve into North Kore­an human rights issues and some South Kore­an respons­es. The con­fer­ence, titled “North Kore­an Human Rights, South Korea’s Defec­tor Aid Pro­grams, and the Future of the Kore­an Penin­su­la,” will take place in the Center’s audi­to­ri­um from 12:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

As a result of recent secu­ri­ty threats and ten­sions between the two Kore­as, North Korea has drawn inter­na­tion­al atten­tion. As one of the most repres­sive coun­tries in the world, with more than twen­ty thou­sand defec­tors, North Korea’s human rights cri­sis has become a focus of the Unit­ed Nations and many oth­er insti­tu­tions. This con­fer­ence is intend­ed to pro­vide a forum for dis­cus­sion of the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in North Korea, South Korea’s pro­grams to accom­mo­date defec­tors from the North, and the future of the two Koreas.

The con­fer­ence was orga­nized by two Cen­ter for Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­bers: Prof. Tae­‐Ung Baik of the William S. Richard­son School of Law and Prof. Young­‐a Park of the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies. Baik and Park will be joined by five oth­er schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers: Jae-Hee Cho of the Cen­ter for North Kore­an Migrants and the Daegu Hana Cen­ter; Young-Chul Heo of Empa­thy SEEDS; Joan­na Hosa­ni­ak of the Cit­i­zens’ Alliance for North Kore­an Human Rights; Jane Kim of the Cen­ter for North Kore­an Migrants and the Daegu Hana Cen­ter; and Yeo-sang Yoon of the North Kore­an Human Rights Archives.

The par­tic­i­pants’ pre­sen­ta­tions will cov­er top­ics such as vic­tims’ accounts of North Kore­an human-rights vio­la­tions; women’s rights in North Korea; South Kore­an gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy toward defec­tors from the North; and pro­grams aimed at social inclu­sion of North Kore­an defectors.

The com­plete con­fer­ence sched­ule, with a list of the pre­sen­ta­tions and infor­ma­tion about the speak­ers, can be found here.

The con­fer­ence is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041.

Sup­port for the con­fer­ence is fur­nished by the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Korea and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005).

SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop for 2016

2016 SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop bannerThe Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for par­tic­i­pa­tion in its 2016 Kore­an Stud­ies Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop. The work­shop is designed “to cre­ate a sus­tained net­work of advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents and fac­ul­ty by pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to give and receive crit­i­cal feed­back on dis­ser­ta­tions in progress,” accord­ing to the SSRC work­shop announce­ment. Open to par­tic­i­pants from all fields in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties, the work­shop will take place August 11 through August 15 at the Asilo­mar Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Pacif­ic Grove, California.

The work­shop for­mat has indi­vid­ual stu­dents lead dis­cus­sions of their dis­ser­ta­tion projects with men­tor fac­ul­ty and stu­dent peers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines to receive cre­ative and crit­i­cal input on improv­ing their field­work plans or writ­ing strate­gies. Based on nar­ra­tive project descrip­tions sub­mit­ted with their appli­ca­tions, par­tic­i­pants will pre­pare a syn­thet­ic essay incor­po­rat­ing all projects, from which broad­er method­olog­i­cal and the­mat­ic dis­cus­sions will be devel­oped and incor­po­rat­ed into the four-day agen­da. The 2016 work­shop will involve up to nine stu­dents and three fac­ul­ty (who will be announced at a lat­er date).

Full-time advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, are eli­gi­ble to take part in the work­shop. Appli­cants must have ABD (all but dis­ser­ta­tion) sta­tus and an approved dis­ser­ta­tion prospec­tus at the time of appli­ca­tion, but can­not have com­plet­ed writ­ing for final sub­mis­sion. Stu­dents who have not yet begun field­work, who are cur­rent­ly in the field, and those who are in the process of writ­ing their dis­ser­ta­tions are wel­come to apply. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties that are not major Kore­an stud­ies institutions.

Trav­el stipends will be avail­able, and the SSRC will ful­ly cov­er par­tic­i­pants’ lodg­ing and meals for the dura­tion of the work­shop. Lim­it­ed funds are avail­able for par­tic­i­pants trav­el­ing from out­side the Unit­ed States. Fund­ing for the pro­gram is pro­vid­ed by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Studies.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Fri­day, May 1, 2016. Appli­ca­tions must include a nar­ra­tive descrip­tion of the dis­ser­ta­tion top­ic, a short appli­ca­tion form, and a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from the student’s pri­ma­ry advis­er. The appli­ca­tion forms and fur­ther infor­ma­tion are avail­able from the SSRC Web site. ‌