The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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).
A 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).
The 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.