[KS] AAS / KF Korean Studies Graduate Fellowship

Henry H. Em henryem at umich.edu
Tue Feb 1 07:55:11 EST 2000


Since this is a new program, and was announced late, many students
probably did not hear about it in time.  We are accordingly extending the
deadline to February 15, and ask for the assistance of all Koreanists in
publicizing the program. Please tell your colleagues and students!

The Association for Asian Studies in collaboration with the Korea
Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Korea Foundation
Korean Studies Graduate Scholarship Program in North America.

This program seeks to promote Korean studies and foster young scholars in
this field by providing graduate students majoring in Korean studies in
North America with scholarships for their coursework and/or research while
enrolled at their home institutions.  It covers students only through the
year that they are advanced to candidacy (not Ph.D. dissertation research
or writing grants) and only if they are in residence (not overseas
research).  Please refer to the Korea Foundation Fellowship program for
research abroad funding possibilities.


1.  MA or PhD level students majoring in Korean studies at any university
in North America except for those universities with which the Foundation
already has an existing scholarship program (Harvard, Columbia,
UC-Berkeley, UCLA, and Hawaii).  

2.  Fields of Study: Korea-related coursework and research in the
humanities and social sciences, culture and arts, and comparative research
related to Korea.  Natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering
fields are not eligible.


1.  Scholarships are for one academic year only, to begin in the fall of
2000.  Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for
additional support, however, they will be judged competitively against that
year's pool of applicants and preference may be given to applicants who
have not previously received an award through the program.

2.  Scholarship amounts will be determined by the review committee, but
generally will be in the range of $10,000-$20,000.  Awards will be provided
in the form of flat stipends and are intended to cover living expenses
and/or tuition costs.  We anticipate being able to award 5-8 scholarships
for the 2000 academic year.

3.  Scholarship recipients are required to submit a report on their
academic/research activities at the conclusion of their scholarship period.


1.  Applicants should be expected to show sufficient ability to use
Korean-language sources in their study and research.  This ability should
be mentioned in the applicant's cover letter, and in addition, one (of
three) required letters of recommendation must be a language reference from
an advisor or language instructor attesting to the student's language ability.

2. This program is intended for students majoring in Korean studies at
U.S./Canadian universities.  Korean nationals are eligible to apply only if
they have permanent residency status in the U.S. or Canada.

3.  Students who are receiving support from other programs administered by
the Foundation, such as the Korea Foundation Fellowships for Korean Studies
or Korean Language Training, are not eligible for concurrent support under
this program.


This program is co-organized by the Korea Foundation and the Northeast Asia
Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies.

The Committee on Korean Studies of NEAC will serve as the review committee,
evaluate applications and recommend selections to NEAC.  The selection
process follows the normal practices and procedures common to standard peer
review in the United States.  The process of peer review is intended to
ensure that applications are judged fairly by a panel of experts and to
prevent either the actuality or the suggestion of improper interference on
the part of the organizations involved in designing, administering or
funding the competition.


Applications will consist of 1) a 3-5 page narrative proposal outlining
research interests and academic progress of the student; 2) grade
transcripts of coursework; and 3) three letters of recommendation, one of
which must be from someone able to attest to the applicant's language ability.

Completed applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2000, and sent
to: the Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI
48104.  Envelopes should be clearly marked "KF Scholarship."  The AAS
secretariat will collect and forward applications to the review committee
members, who will rank each application separately, and then meet together
at the AAS annual meeting in March to reach a consensus on which applicants
to award.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome in April.

Questions concerning the program may be directed to Michael Paschal by
email mpaschal at aasianst.org, or by telephone at 734-665-2490.

Henry H. Em
Dept. of Asian Lang. & Cultures
3070 Frieze Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI.  48109-1285

Tel:  (734) 763-3556 (of)
email:  henryem at umich.edu


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