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icon Fellowship Program
icon MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship

The “MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship” is designed to provide fellowship support for 6 months to 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.

icon Program Outline
  • Individual Research Project (50%)
  • Cooperative Project with researchers/teams in the institute (20%)
  • Participation in Academic Programs related to North Korea and Korean unification (30%)

- Opportunity to attend/participate in program-related weekly seminars, field workshops, project presentations, and academic forums, among other events

icon Grant Period: 6 to 12 months (possibility to extend fellowship for up to 24 months)
  • First fellowship program for 2020 will start on September 1, 2020
  • Recipient of the fellowship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start of the program
icon Applicant Eligibility
  • 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.
  • A PhD candidate (for scholars) or a person with over five years of experience in relevant fields.
  • 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
icon Grant Amount
  • Living expenses (KRW 2,300,000 to 3,000,000/month)
  • Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
  • National health insurance (Korea’s National Health Insurance)
  • Initial relocation subsidy (KRW 1,000,000)