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The Center for Korean Studies Graduate Scholarships

The Center for Korean Studies Graduate Scholarships range up to $2,500 and are available for full-time graduate students at UH-Mānoa who demonstrate a proven commitment to the field of Korea-related studies. Scholarships generally cover attendance at conferences, workshops, and some types of fieldwork, as well as support for special thesis and tuition needs. New incoming graduate students in Korea-related studies at UHM are encouraged to apply. The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens and international students.

 

The Center for Korean Studies Undergraduate Scholarships

This $5,000 scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with a commitment to Korea-related studies at the UHM.

      1. Recipients must be of junior or senior standing enrolled full-time with a documented commitment to Korea-related studies at the UHM.

      2. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need will also be considered by the Review Committee.

      3.The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens and international students.

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    The Donald C. W. Kim Graduate Scholarship for Korean Studies

A number of $10,000 scholarships have been established by the Center for Korean Studies in honor of Donald C.W. Kim, a long-time supporter of Korean studies at the University of Hawai‘i. One of the scholarships has been established to provide financial assistance to a top graduate scholar currently doing research in the field of Korea-related studies at UH, and the second has been established to support an incoming student to the program. The scholarship will be awarded beginning in the fall semester of each academic year. New incoming graduate students in Korea-related studies at UH Mānoa are also encouraged to apply. The scholarship competition is open to U.S. citizens and international students. East-West Center grantees and full GAs/TAs are not eligible to apply.

Students interested in applying for the Donald C.W. Kim Graduate Scholarship in Korean Studies should meet the following qualifications.

      1. Applicant must be considered an outstanding student (M.A. or Ph.D.) in the humanities or social sciences whose primary academic interest is focused on Korea. This is a competitive award.

      2. Applicant must be a registered, full-time graduate student.

      3. Applicant must be able to demonstrate an advanced level of Korean language proficiency.

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    Herbert H. Lee Graduate Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a top graduate student in Korean studies at the UHM. The scholarship is available beginning in the fall semester of each academic year. U.S. citizens only. East-West Center grantees and full GAs/TAs are not eligible to apply.

Students interested in applying for the Herbert H. Lee Graduate Scholarship should meet the following qualifications.

      1. Applicant must be considered an outstanding student (M.A. or Ph.D.) in Korean Studies or a Korea-related field of study. This is a competitive award.

      2. Applicant must be a full-time classified student in a graduate or professional degree program.

      3. Preference given to students of Korean ancestry.

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    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Korean Studies 2008-2009

* Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for fall 2008 - spring 2009 ($14,000 stipend and tuition) for U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate students who combine Korean language training with area studies. Ph.D. dissertation research/writing is allowed.   

* Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for summer 2008 ($2,500 stipend and tuition up to $4,000) for U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate students who will enroll in a formal program of intensive language study. Either 120 contact hours in advanced Korean or 140 contact hours in intermediate Korean is required.

       Students who already possess Korean language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers will be given lowest consideration.

 Send the following materials to:

       FLAS Coordinator
Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
1881 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-2212  Fax: 956-2213
E-mail:  brandiec@hawaii.edu

1.   Application form and any additional sheets. The form  must be neatly typed or printed.

2.   Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work directly sent by schools, or photocopies certified and sent by a UH department/Graduate Division officials.

3.   Two (2) letters of reference directly sent by the referees, using the  attached forms as much as possible.  At least one letter must be from your major field faculty.

4.   Description of your dissertation (2-3 pages), if you wish to use FLAS for Ph.D. dissertation during the award period. You  must state your purpose, research methodology, use of language as an important tool, and travel plans.

                                                   Deadline: February 15, 2008
 
FLAS awards are subject to funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

Major fellowships such as East-West Center grants and half-time graduate assistantships cannot be held concurrently with FLAS academic year awards
 

Download Application Forms

Application form for fellowship Application, pdf-formatted
Frequently asked questions about FLAS Reference, pdf-formatted

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    Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research

The Korea Foundation announces that applications are now being accepted for their fellowships in Korean Studies. The Fellowship seeks to promote Korean studies and facilitate in-depth research on Korean topics by supporting on-site study and research by scholars and Korea specialists.

A. Field of Research:

    Korea-related research in the humanities and social sciences, culture and arts, and comparative research related to Korea.

B. Basic Qualifications

    Doctoral candidates who have completed all academic requirements except their dissertation
    (For Korean studies majors, those who are in their coursework may apply.)

    University professors and lecturers, and professional researchers who are currently engaged in Korea-related research or courses at universities or research institutes.
    (Applicants with a specific research purpose such as the writing of their dissertations or publications of books are preferred.)

      Note

      Candidates must possess adequate proficiency in Korean or English to conduct their research project and prepare required reports.

      Individuals related to the following circumstances are not eligible for consideration. Persons who are:

        Seeking to conduct research related to the natural sciences, medicine or engineering,

        Already residing and/or conducting research in Korea,

        Interested in improving their Korean-language ability or attending regular courses at a Korean university,

        or former recipients who have completed a Korean Studies fellowship period within the past three years.

C. Terms of Fellowship Award

    Monthly stipend
    Doctoral candidates: 1,300,000 won

    Assistant professors/lecturers: 1,500,000 won

    Full/associate professors: 2,000,000 won

    Economy-class round-trip international airfare

    Traveler's Insurance: Reimbursement for medical expenses incurred due to illness or accidents in Korea during the grant period

D. Grant Period

    From 3 to 12 months

E. Required Materials

    Completed Application form (http://www.kf.or.kr) under programs/fellowships

    Research Proposal
    (at least three pages, single-spaced)

    Curriculum Vitae

    3 Letters of Recommendation

      1 from head of the applicant's respective institution (for faculty members, recommendation should be from the dean or higher university official)

      1 from an individual capable of evaluating the applicant's research proposal (for doctoral candidates, this should be from their dissertation advisor)

      1 from a Korean scholar/specialist in a related field who will serve as an in-Korea research advisors/coordinator

    Certificate of most recent academic degree

    Evidence of current employment
    (or enrollment at an institution for doctoral candidates)

    Graduate school transcript
    (doctoral candidates only)

    Application submission deadline in Korea: July 31 of the year preceding the desired felllowship year

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    Korea Foundation Fellowship for Korean Language Training

Application submission deadline in Korea: July 31

The Korea Foundation fellowships in Korean language training are intended to enhance competency in the Korean language among Korean studies scholars, graduate students, and professionals in Korea-related fields by providing an opportunity to undertake intensive language training in leading Korean universities. Consult the Korea Foundation Web site (http://www.kf.or.kr) for the latest details regarding this program.

A. Basic Qualifications

    Graduate students who are majoring or minoring in Korea-related subjects for their master's or doctoral degree (Undergraduate students whose major is either Korean Studies or Korean Language are eligible to apply if they have completed two years of coursework at the time of the application)

    Faculty members and researchers who are engaged in teaching or research activities at universities or research institutes

    Professionals who are serving in cultural/artistic professions that are related to Korea or/and Korean studies (e.g., museum curators specializing in Korean arts)

    Note:

    • Applicants must have a basic knowledge of and an ability to communicate in the Korean language (intermediate level preferred).
    • For Korean nationals, only those with foreign residency status are eligible to apply.
    • The number of fellows varies based on the Foundation's annual plan.

B. Terms of Fellowship Award

    Monthly stipend
    Master's degree and below: 900,000 won

    Doctoral candidates and above: 1,100,000 won

    Tuition for Korean Language Course

    Traveler's Insurance: Reimbursement for medical expenses incurred due to illness or accidents in Korea during the grant period

C. Grant Period

    6 months
    (extension of fellowship period for an additional 3 to 6 months will be considered for those who achieve excellent grades)

D. Required Materials

    Completed Application form (http://www.kf.or.kr)

    Curriculum Vitae

    2 Letters of Recommendation
    (one from head of the applicant's respective organization, one from a Korean language instructor)

    Certificate of most recent academic degree

    Evidence of current employment or enrollment at an institution

    Undergraduate or graduate school transcript
    (not essential for faculty members/professionals)

    Evidence of language proficiency
    (certificate issued by the language institute, etc.)

    Graduate school transcript
    (doctoral candidates only)

 Application submission deadline in Korea: July 31 of the year preceding the desired fellowship year

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    The N. H. Paul Chung Endowed Graduate Scholarship

This $1,750 scholarship was established in 2003 to provide financial assistance to a top graduate student in Korean Studies or a Korea-related field of study at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. Students interested in applying for the N.H. Paul Chung Endowed Graduate Scholarship should meet the following qualifications.

      Applicant must be considered an outstanding graduate student (M.A. or Ph.D.) in Korean Studies or a Korea-related field of study. This is a competitive award.

      Applicant must be a full-time classified student at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa.

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    The Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship

This $1,750 scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a top graduate student in Korean Studies or a Korea-related field of study at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. Students interested in applying for the Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship should meet the following qualifications. 

      Applicant must be considered an outstanding full-time graduate student (M.A. or Ph.D.) in Korean Studies or a Korea-related field of study. This is a competitive award.

      Academic merit is based on a minimum 3.4 GPA.

      The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens, and international student.