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Title 2021 Academic Exchange Support Program for North Koran and Unification Studies
Date 2020.07.31
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I. Overview

Background and Overview

The “Academic Exchange Support Program for North Korean and Unification Studies” is designed to expand the base of experts on peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula as well as North Korean studies in the international community.
As part of this academic exchange program, we are calling for scholarship/fellowship applications from rising scholars who wish to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies or conduct studies on issues relevant to North Korea and Korean unification.
 
 
II. Fellowship Program 

MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship
The “MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship” is designed to provide fellowship support for 6 months or 1 year to scholars interested in conducting intensive research on North Korea and Korean Peninsula issues.
Managed by the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University, this fellowship provides numerous programs for scholars including opportunities to work with prestigious experts on North Korean issues, attend special lectures by current and former government ministers and policy makers, and participate in academic exchange, expert workshops, and field trips, among other activities and events.

1. Program Outline
o    Special Lectures and Seminars for Individual Research Project 
o    Cooperative Project with researchers/teams in the institute 
o    Participation in Academic Programs related to North Korea and Korean unification 
o    Opportunity to attend/participate in program-related weekly seminars, field workshops, project presentations, and academic forums, among other events

2. Grant Period: 6 months or 12 months
o    6 months: The starting date of your fellowship period will be on January, 2021 or July, 2021. Please choose your starting date.
o    12 months: Fellowship program will start on January, 2021.
o    Recipient of the fellowship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start of the program
o    In accordance with the Infectious Control and Prevention Act, all incoming foreigners, regardless of nationality, shall be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning on the date of entry
o    The fellowship period approved by the IFES’s review committee may differ from applicants’ proposed schedule

3. Applicant Eligibility
o    Foreign nationals who mainly work outside the Republic of Korea in the fields of North Korean studies and/or peace and Korean unification studies (including PhD candidates working on thesis, and postdoctoral researchers). Persons with work experience (including journalists, government officials, international development experts, etc.) and research agenda relevant to the promotion of peace on the Korean Peninsula will also be considered.
o    A PhD candidate (for scholars) or a person with over five years of experience in relevant fields.
o    The following qualifications will be given favorable consideration:
-Korean language proficiency
-Previous contributions to academic journals and media
-Previous presentations to academic conferences and seminars
-Public sector work experience relevant to North Korean and Korean unification issues

4. Grant Amount
o    Living expenses (KRW 2,300,000 to 3,000,000/month)
o    Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
o    Medical insurance coverage
o    Settling-in allowance (KRW 1,000,000)

 
III. Scholarship Program 

MOU-UNKS North Korean Studies Scholarship
The “MOU-UNKS North Korean Studies Scholarship” is designed to support rising scholars interested in pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies.
Scholarships will be provided to applicants of the master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies at the University of North Korean Studies. Successful applicants to the doctoral program can receive a scholarship for up to three years.
 

1. Applicant Eligibility
o    Foreign nationals under the age of 40 who apply to enter a master’s or doctoral program on studies of North Korea and Korean unification.
o    Academic requirements: All applicants must have maintained the overall final cumulative GPA equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following from their highest level of education (Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree)
- 2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
- 2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
- 2.91 on a 4.5 scale;
- 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or
- Score percentile: 80% or above on a 100 point scale
 
o    If an applicant holds a transcript that does not include information on grade point average or is unable to convert his or her grades into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above, then the applicant must submit an official document issued by the applicant’s university describing the university’s grade system.

o    Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) level 5 (or above) and those who apply to the doctoral program.
 

2. Grant Period
o    Up to 2 years for Master’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
o    Up to 3 years for Doctor’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
o    The initial grant will be provided for one year with annual review and renewal process. Minimum 80% of cumulative GPA or better is required for renewal. 
o    Applications for 2021 will be open to freshmen able to start on March 1, 2021.
o    Recipient of the scholarship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start of the program.
o    In accordance with the Infectious Control and Prevention Act, all incoming foreigners, regardless of nationality, shall be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning on the date of entry.

3. Grant Amount
o    Tuition (total amount)
o    Living expenses (KRW 2,000,000/month)
o    Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
o    Medical insurance coverage
o    Settling-in allowance (KRW 700,000)

 
IV. Application

1. Research Topics
North Korea, Inter-Korean Relations, Peace and Unification of the Korean Peninsula and related topics

2. Number of Recipients
Approximately 10 people

3. Restrictions
Those who have received scholarships/grants with the same research topic in the past and those who are currently receiving other types of scholarship/grant from other institutions of the Republic of Korea are ineligible for this program.

4. Reminders
o    The beneficiary of this program should stay in the Republic of Korea during the semester/fellowship period. 
o    Beneficiaries who wish to terminate their participation in the program will be required to return the scholarship/grant received.
o    All personal information provided by applicants will only be used for this program. All applicants should consent to the collection and use of his/her personal information submitted in the application to commence the process.
 The program will proceed after the final selection is made and once the contract is settled. 


5. Required Documents:
Classification Required Documents
Fellowship

 
Application Form (Form 1)
Personal Statement (Form 2)
Research Proposal (Form 4)
(2) Recommendation Letters (Form 5)
Applicant Agreement (Form 6)
Personal Medical Assessment (Form 7)
Agreement to Collect and Use Personal Information (Form 8)
Proof of Employment (If you have current position)
Employment Verification Document
Awards / Grants / Scholarships / Sponsorships Verification Document
Soft copy of publications
Copy of passport
Graduation Certificate and Grade Transcripts from the highest level of education (Completed)
Scholarship

 
Application Form (Form 1)
Personal Statement (Form 2)
Statement of Purpose (Form 3)
(2) Recommendation Letters (Form 5)
Applicant Agreement (Form 6)
Personal Medical Assessment (Form 7)
Agreement to Collect and Use Personal Information (Form 8)
Proof of Employment (If you have current position)
Employment Verification Document
Awards / Grants / Scholarships / Sponsorships Verification Document
Soft copy of publications
Copy of passport
Graduation Certificates and Grade Transcripts
(all certificates/transcripts from undergraduate degree)
Reminders o    Regarding required documents except IFES Forms, only scanned files (in PDF format) are valid. Image files will not be counted toward the application. (Please do not upload pictures taken with your cell phone.)
o    The application form and all required documents must be submitted in English or Korean. If documents are submitted in other languages, please submit both the original file and a verbatim translation.
o    Please submit the application form (ONE Word file) and other required documents (ONE PDF file) via email. You should submit 1 Word file and 1 PDF file.
o    File format (Fellowship or Scholarship)
Ex. Fellowship applicant
o    Fellowship_2021_LAST NAME, FIRST NAME_Application form
o    Fellowship_2021_LAST NAME, FIRST NAME_Required Documents

 

6. Application Period
August 1 to September 25, 2020 (Korean Standard Time GMT+9)
※ Applications submitted after the deadline will be discarded.

7. Application Procedures
Submit required documents via email to ifes_apply@kyungnam.ac.kr
※ Please find the attached application form.
 
8. Notification of Selected Beneficiaries
November 2020 (Date of notification may change without notice)
Acceptance/Rejection notices will be announced via email.

9. Contact
The Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University: ifes_apply@kyungnam.ac.kr / 82-3700-0701, 0708

 
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