Grant Available for Research at USC Korean Heritage Library

USC Korean Heritage Library research grantsThe Kore­an Her­itage Library (KHL) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia has announced the avail­abil­i­ty of research grants for Kore­an stud­ies researchers, librar­i­ans, and edu­ca­tors. Sup­port­ed by the Over­seas Kore­an Stud­ies and Her­itage Foun­da­tion (OKSHF), the grants assist schol­ars desir­ing to use the USC Kore­an Her­itage Library’s resources for research to pro­mote schol­ar­ship in Kore­an stud­ies.

Stu­dents and schol­ars whose research can ben­e­fit from the resources at the USC Kore­an Her­itage Library are eli­gi­ble to apply. The pro­gram is open to schol­ars from Korea and oth­er coun­tries out­side the Unit­ed States and to those at domes­tic U.S. insti­tu­tions with few Kore­an library resources. The awards offer up to $2,000 to inter­na­tion­al schol­ars and up to $1,000 to domes­tic schol­ars.

The grants cov­er par­tial sup­port for costs relat­ed to con­sult­ing resources at the USC libraries as part of research on Korea (trav­el, accom­mo­da­tions, meals, copy­ing, etc.); USC library priv­i­leges; sup­port from USC KHL fac­ul­ty and staff dur­ing the research vis­it; and engage­ment with USC’s com­mu­ni­ty of Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty and stu­dents through work­shops and infor­mal gath­er­ings.

Terms of the grant require recip­i­ents to sub­mit a brief report at the end of on‐site research; acknowl­edge the OKSHF Research Grant in any result­ing pub­li­ca­tions or pre­sen­ta­tions; pro­vide the USC Libraries gift copies of pub­li­ca­tions result­ing from the grant (or, if not pos­si­ble, report cita­tions for KHL’s records); and sub­mit receipts for reim­burse­ment up to the amount of the award.

To apply, sub­mit a brief state­ment (approx­i­mate­ly 500 words) describ­ing your research project and its pur­pose, needs for on‐site research at USC KHL, a list of mate­ri­als you wish to use (includ­ing the call no. where applic­a­ble); a pro­posed vis­it sched­ule; an esti­mat­ed bud­get; and a cur­ricu­lum vitae.

Send these doc­u­ments via e‐mail attach­ments with sub­ject line “OKSHF Research Grant appli­ca­tion” to Joy Kim, cura­tor of the Kore­an Her­itage Library, at with a copy to Ken­neth Kline, head of the East Asian Library, at

The dead­line for pro­pos­als is July 31, 2018. Appli­ca­tion results will be issued Octo­ber 1, 2018. Grants must be used by Sep­tem­ber 30, 2019.

Direct inquiries to Joy Kim or Ken­neth Klein.

Jangseogak Archives Short‐Term Fellowship Grants

Academy of Korean Studies Jangseogak ArchivesThe Jangseogak Archives at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for short‐term (three to six months) research fel­low­ships for inter­na­tion­al schol­ars of Kore­an stud­ies. The fel­low­ship peri­od will be between July 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2018.

The Jangseogak Archives, orig­i­nal­ly found­ed one hun­dred years ago as the last roy­al archive of the Joseon dynasty (朝鮮王朝, 1392–1910), is an active Kore­an stud­ies cen­ter and is home to numer­ous rare sources of Korea. For more infor­ma­tion on the Jangseogak,see or (Kore­an only).

All schol­ars, includ­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents who have com­plet­ed their required course­work, passed their qual­i­fi­ca­tion exams, and are con­duct­ing dis­ser­ta­tion research, are eli­gi­ble to apply. Appli­ca­tions are open to schol­ars in the human­i­ties and the social sci­ences who have well‐developed research inter­ests in pre‐modern Kore­an (or relat­ed area) stud­ies. Pref­er­ence will be giv­en, how­ev­er, to appli­cants who can work with the var­i­ous Kore­an, Chi­nese, and Japan­ese sources stored in the Jangseogak Archives.

Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will con­duct their own research and present their work at a pub­lic Jangseogak talk. The fel­low­ship requires full‐time com­mit­ment, and fel­lows must reside at the AKS for at least fif­teen days each month. Jangseogak will reim­burse a round‐trip econ­o­my air­fare tick­et (exclud­ing schol­ars who are cur­rent­ly in Korea), a stipend of 2,500,000 won per month, and office space. Fel­lows may also apply for accom­mo­da­tions at the AKS Guest House, and in this case a 50 per­cent dis­count will be avail­able for appli­cants stay­ing at the Guest House.

To Apply

To apply, send one e‐mail with the fol­low­ing appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als as a sin­gle PDF file: cov­er let­ter, cur­ricu­lum vitae (includ­ing list of pub­li­ca­tions), and a research state­ment (double‐spaced, five pages max­i­mum). Send the appli­ca­tion, and oth­er queries, to

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is April 30, 2018. Appli­cants will be noti­fied of the results by May 15.

Academy of Korean Studies 2018 Grants

Academy of Korean Studies 2018 Korean studies grantsThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies has released the guide­lines for its 2018 Kore­an Stud­ies Grants Pro­gram. The Acad­e­my invites pro­pos­als in six cat­e­gories of grants this year, includ­ing a new pro­gram, Trans­la­tion Project of Over­seas Kore­an Stud­ies Mono­graph, intend­ed to make addi­tion­al inter­na­tion­al schol­ar­ship avail­able to Kore­an read­ers.

The grant cat­e­gories are:

  • Com­pet­i­tive Research Fund­ing: This pro­gram sup­ports investigator‐chosen research, indi­vid­ual or col­lab­o­ra­tive, on Korea‐related sub­jects. Researchers affil­i­at­ed with edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tions out­side of Korea are eli­gi­ble. The project direc­tor is required to have at least one research result with­in the past four years, exclud­ing dis­ser­ta­tions.
  • Con­fer­ence and Work­shop Sup­port: This pro­gram sup­ports inter­na­tion­al and nation­al aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ences and work­shops on Korea‐related sub­jects to be held between May 2018 and April 2019.
  • Schol­ar­ly Pub­li­ca­tion Sup­port: This pro­gram assists schol­ar­ly pub­li­ca­tion for broad dis­sem­i­na­tion of orig­i­nal research results in Kore­an stud­ies, includ­ing pub­li­ca­tions in schol­ar­ly jour­nals and books. Grants are avail­able to researchers affil­i­at­ed with edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tions out­side of Korea. Sup­port for books requires that appli­cants must have a signed con­tract with an over­seas pub­lish­er of schol­ar­ly books relat­ed to Kore­an stud­ies with­out receiv­ing any oth­er pub­li­ca­tion sup­port from oth­er insti­tu­tions.
  • Edu­ca­tion­al Programs/Cultural Activ­i­ties Sup­port: This pro­gram sup­ports lec­tures, edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties designed for the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge in Kore­an stud­ies to be pre­sent­ed between May 2018 and April 2019.
  • Trans­la­tion Project of Over­seas Kore­an Stud­ies Mono­graph: This pro­gram sup­ports trans­la­tion of Kore­an stud­ies mono­graphs pub­lished out­side of Korea from oth­er lan­guages into Kore­an.

Full descrip­tions of the grant cat­e­gories, require­ments for eli­gi­bil­i­ty, guide­lines for appli­ca­tions, and appli­ca­tion forms may be down­loaded from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Web site.

Appli­ca­tions must be sent by e‐mail to and must be sub­mit­ted before 23:59 (Korea Stan­dard Time) on March 4, 2018.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Suemin Kwak, Pro­gram Coör­di­na­tor, at

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:

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, which describes the scope of the grants, require­ments, and appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures. Inquiries about the pro­gram can be sent to

For more infor­ma­tion about the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, vis­it the Web sites at and