2021 AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies 

 October 21, 2020

By  Satish Satyarthi

Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) - 2021 Fellowship Guide

The Academy of Korean Studies runs the “AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies” in order to provide international scholars with an opportunity to carry out their research(dissertation research).



Foreign scholars of foreign university (including those who have Korean nationality with permanent residence status in foreign countries) in the humanities and social sciences, who are currently engaged in Korea-related teaching and research activities, are eligible to apply. Also Doctoral candidates who have completed all academic requirements except for their dissertation (i.e., ABD) from institutions outside Korea are eligible

※ Those who have received AKS fellowship within the last 3 years(based on application submission date) are ineligible for this program.

※ Those who are under disciplinary actions from Korean government and other Korean government affiliated institutes are not eligible for this program


Fellowship Period

The fellowship period should begin within year 2021(from January 1st and December 31st, 2021). The applicants can apply for minimum one month to maximum one year support.


Fellowship Grant

1.   Airfare: Economy-class round trip airfare(Only offered to overseas awardees)

※ The airfare will be reimbursed based on the actual ticket price but the reimbursement should not exceed the amount of Government Transportation Request(GTR) cost according to the 2021 budgetary guidelines of international airfare.

2.   Monthly Stipend: 2,000,000 won

※ Please note that we do not offer monthly stipend for research period less than 15 days and offer full monthly stipend for research period 15 or more days

3.   Access to the facilities of AKS including the library

4.   Up to 50% discount of AKS Guest House charges


Selection Process

All applications are reviewed by the screening committee. The criteria for the screening are as follows:


Selection Criteria

1.   The merit of the research plan and the feasibility of carrying out the proposed research at AKS

2.   Possibility of contribution to the development of Korean studies

3.   Etc: Research track records, possibility of joint teaching and researches with AKS professors & researchers


Required Documents

1.   Application form

2.   Curriculum Vitae(CV)

3.   Certificate of Employment(Registration)

4.   Extra Documents for Doctoral Candidate

⑴  Master’s and Doctoral Program Transcript(1 each)

⑵  Certificate of Ph.D. course completion(Document that proves ABD status)

⑶  2 Reference Letters(1 from Ph.D. dissertation director)

※ Applicants who have Korean citizenship should submit permanent residence document.

※ All applications and required documents should be prepared in English or Korean only. If not, the certified translation document(English or Korean) must be attached.


Submission: [email protected]


Application Deadline

All applications must be received by October 16 (Friday), 2020. (Korea Standard Time)

※ Applicants should submit the required documents(scan file) by Online Submission

※ Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Result Notification

The result of your application will be notified individually in December, 2020.


Obligations of Fellowship Recipients

1.   Fellows are expected to present research results at AKS Colloquium and submit their research paper(presentation paper) before the termination of their research period

2.   Fellows should inform AKS when the research results are published and should submit 2 original copies of the publication

3.   Publication resulted from this program should acknowledge the support from the AKS Fellowship Program



1.   Other Institution’s fellowship can’t be carried out double duty during the same period of AKS Fellowship

2.   Previous fellowship recipients who have rejected the fellowship due to their personal matters can get disadvantages when screening


Contact Information

– E-mail: [email protected]

※ Please refer to application guidelines of 2021 AKS Fellowship and the attached files for details. We cordially ask you to contact [email protected] for inquiries.

Update : *Due to a sudden program error, only E-mail submission can be registered.

Submission: [email protected]

Please download the admission guidelines and other documents from the links below and read them carefully.

You will find all the details about eligibility, selection process, benefits, documents etc in the guidelines.

Read them carefully before asking any questions. If you still have questions, you can contact on the given phone number or email address.

Download 2021 AKS Fellowship Program Application Form and Guidelines

Satish Satyarthi

I am Satish, a Korean language learner and educator. I did my Bachelors degree in Korean language from JNU, Delhi and Masters degree in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University, South Korea. and an M.Phil. in Korean from JNU. I have a passion for education and technology. I have been involved in Korean language education and research for more than 10 years and have trained hundreds of Korean language learners across the globe, online and in physical classrooms.

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