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Center for Korean Studies Scholarship Opportunities

The deadline for applying for Center for Korean Studies scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year is February 3, 2014.

To apply, visit the University of Hawai'i student scholarships Web site (STAR) at www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship/ and complete the appropriate on-line application form. Search for our scholarships using the keyword Korea. Please note that the listing Center for Korean Studies Student Scholarships & Awards Fund covers the CKS graduate, undergraduate, graduate travel, and Donald C.W. Kim scholarships.

In addition to completing the on-line application, you must:

  1. Request letters of recommendation from two individuals (at least one from a faculty member in your field) and notify those individuals that an e-mail notice will be sent to them requesting their recommendations once your application has been submitted on the STAR Web site;
  2. Send an electronic or hardcopy of your non-UH transcripts from your prior graduate program(s) or undergraduate transcripts if you transferred from outside the UH system.

All application materials should be sent to:

Ashlee Esteban
CKS Scholarship Coordinator
1881 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

aesteban@hawaii.edu
ph: (808) 956-2212
fax: (808) 956-2213

Applications for the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and Korea Foundation scholarships should be made following the instructions in the respective descriptions on this site.

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 can be used for tuition, special thesis needs, and some types of fieldwork. New incoming graduate students in Korea-related studies at UH Mānoa are encouraged to apply. The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens and international students.

This award is for UH Mānoa graduate students who focus on Korea to present papers at conferences and workshops on the U.S. mainland and abroad. The award is up to $2,500 for airfare, per diem, and other conference-related expenses.

To apply, students should submit the seven items listed below, organized in that order. An incomplete application may result in non-funding.

  1. Letter of acceptance or invitation (If student has not yet received official notice of acceptance, he or she should still submit the other application materials in anticipation of his or her paper being accepted.)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Budget
  4. Paper abstract (written for the non-specialist)
  5. Printed material relating to the conference
  6. Letter from chief advisor as one of the required letters of recommendation

This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with a commitment to Korea-related studies at UH Mānoa. Recipients must be of junior or senior standing enrolled full-time with a documented commitment to Korea-related studies. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need will also be considered by the Review Committee. The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens and international students.

This scholarship was 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. The scholarship was created both to provide financial assistance to top graduate scholars currently doing research in Korea-related studies at UH and to support incoming students to the program. 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.

This scholarship ranging up to $5,000 was established to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate or graduate student in Korean studies at UH Mānoa. 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 Scholarship should meet the following qualifications:

  1. Applicant must be considered an outstanding student 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 an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  3. Preference is given to students of Korean ancestry who are U.S. citizens and to undergraduate students before graduate students..

This 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 at Mānoa. Students interested in applying for the N.H. Paul Chung Endowed Graduate Scholarship should meet the following qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. Applicant must be a full-time classified student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

This 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 at Mānoa. Students interested in applying for the Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship should meet the following qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. Academic merit is based on a minimum 3.4 GPA.
  3. The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. citizens and international students.

This scholarship supports full-time undergraduate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa who have junior or senior class standing, who are pursuing Korea-related academic interests including, but not limited to, Korean language, literature, culture, politics, or economics.

Students interested in applying for the Lee Korean Studies Scholarship should meet the following qualifications:

  1. Applicants must be a full-time classified undergraduate student (junior or senior standing) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
  2. Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or above.
  3. Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines.

This scholarship celebrates the life and performing arts of Kim Ch’ŏn-hŭng (1909–2007), an extraordinary Korean dancer and musician whose impact on Hawai‘i began in the 1960s and continues today. This scholarship seeks to assist students in studying and understanding Korean dance and music, particularly the older forms Kim practiced, and in contributing to the further understanding of the art forms among the scholarly and broader communities. Students interested in applying for the Kim Ch’ŏn-hŭng Memorial Scholarship should meet the following qualifications:

  1. Applicants must be classified full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree at any campus in the University of Hawai’i system with a focus on Korean dance or music with priority given to traditional Korean dance and music, or on Korean studies with a strong concentration in various aspects of Korean performing arts, and have demonstrated a solid commitment to this area of study.
  2. Academic merit is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students are available for the 2014–2015 academic year and for summer 2014. U.S. citizen and permanent-resident UH Mānoa students combining modern foreign-language training with area/international studies in full-time degree programs are encouraged to apply.

  • Fellowships for the 2014–2015 academic year include a $15,000 stipend and tuition cost for up to ten credits per semester for graduate students and a $5,000 stipend and tuition cost up to $10,000 for undergraduate recipients.
  • Fellowships for summer 2014 carry a $2,500 stipend and tuition up to $5,000 (an intensive language-study plan is required).

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

To apply for fellowships to study Korean and other East Asian languages (Chinese and Japanaese), visit the University of Hawai'i student scholarships Web site (STAR) at www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship/ and search using the keyword FLAS.

The deadline for applications is February 3, 2014. 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.

Questions about FLAS scholarships should be directed to the School of Pacific and Asian Studies fellowships coordinator, Chizuko T. Allen (chizuko@hawaii.edu), telephone (808) 956-2210. An information sheet with answers to common questions about the FLAS fellowships is available here.

The Korea Foundation fellowships for field research seek to promote Korean studies and facilitate in-depth research on Korean topics by supporting on-site study and research by scholars and Korea specialists. Fellowships are awarded for Korea-related research in the humanities and social sciences, culture and arts, and comparative research related to Korea.

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).

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,
  • Former recipients who have completed a Korean studies fellowship period within the past three years.

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
  • Grant Period: From three to twelve months

Required Materials:

  • Completed Application form. See http://www.kf.or.kr under programs/fellowships
  • Research Proposal (at least three pages, single-spaced)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of recommendation
    • One from head of the applicant's institution (for faculty members, recommendation should be from the dean or higher university official)
    • One from an individual capable of evaluating the applicant's research proposal (for doctoral candidates, this should be from the dissertation advisor)
    • One from a Korean scholar/specialist in a related field who will serve as an in-Korea research advisor/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.

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.

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)
  • 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.

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
  • Grant Period: Six months (extension of fellowship period for an additional three to six months will be considered for those who achieve excellent grades)

Required Materials:

  • Completed application form (http://www.kf.or.kr)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from head of the applicant's 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.