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The application deadline for the fall 2008 semester is Friday, March 7, 2008.

The application deadline for the spring/summer 2009 semester is Friday, September 5, 2008.

The Center for Korean Studies furthers its mission as an academic and research institution by providing office space and administrative assistance to visiting scholars. Each year, scholars from institutions and universities throughout the world visit the Center for periods ranging from three to twelve months.

These visitors, including students, scholars, and government officials, representing every discipline of Korean studies, are drawn to the Center for access to research facilities. The visitors, in turn, provide a valuable resource for the Center's faculty, students, and the Hawai'i community as a whole.

Application Procedures for Visiting Scholars

The Center welcomes applications from scholars and community members seeking to do research on Korea-related topics using research materials/academic exchange typically not available at the scholar's or community member's home institution.

The Center makes its facilities available to visiting scholars/associates by providing shared office space and ensuring that researchers have access to the collections of the University of Hawai‘i's Hamilton Library. The Center does not provide financial assistance for visiting scholars/associates. Our experience has shown that visiting scholars/researchers who come to Hawai'i to work with one of our faculty in a Korea-related field of study have a much higher rate of research success and a more pleasant overall stay than those who arrive without any prearranged contacts. Please keep this in mind when you are making your research plans. Click here for a list of our faculty and their fields of study.

Researchers interested in applying to the Visiting Scholar Program should address application materials to:

Director, Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
1881 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

All application materials should be submitted in English.
A cover letter should be accompanied by the following documents:

    A curriculum vitae or professional resume [with the applicant's date and place of birth and a complete list of publications].

    A detailed proposal [no more than 3–5 pages] outlining the research that will be undertaken while in residence at the Center. The proposal should include a statement of the objectives of the research, a description of the methodology, and a bibliography. Specifically, it should also include a description of the relevant academic and scholarly value of the proposal as a Korean studies discipline, a realistic plan of how the project will be carried out, and justification for research at the University of Hawai‘i–Center for Korean Studies.

    Two letters of recommendation from scholars with expertise in the area of the applicant's intended research.

    A certified statement of financial support from the applicant's place of employment or financial institution. The statement must show support of a minimum US$2,000 per month for each month of your stay.

The application deadline for visiting scholars desiring to do research during the fall 2008 semester is Friday, March 7, 2008.

The application deadline for the spring/summer 2009 semester is Friday, September 5, 2008.

Questions related to visiting scholar/associate application procedures may be addressed to the Program Coordinator, Center for Korean Studies, tel: (808) 956-2212, fax: (808) 956-2213, brandiec@hawaii.edu.