[KS] NEAC/Korea Foundation grants/fellowships announcements
RSayers at neh.gov
Wed Jan 14 16:09:03 EST 2004
I'm going to put on my professional hat and encourage Korean Studies
colleagues (at least those at U.S. institutions) to look periodically at the
National Endowment for the Humanities' various grant offerings. I draw your
attention in particular to our Summer Seminars and Institutes program.
We've received very few applications in past years for topics in Asian
Studies, let alone Korean Studies. Therefore, I suspect such applications
would be especially welcome.
Because the application deadline (March 1, 2004) for hosting a 2005 Seminar
or Institute is fast-approaching, anyone who might be interested in this
program should first review our on-line application guidelines, then call or
e-mail me. I'm always happy to discuss potential projects with colleagues,
read application drafts, or just share ideas.
You can access the general NEH website at www.neh.gov <http://www.neh.gov/>
and the Seminars and Institute application guidelines at
Robert H. Sayers, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
rsayers at neh.gov
From: Hyung Pai [mailto:hyungpai at eastasian.ucsb.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 1:56 PM
To: Korean Studies Discussion List
Subject: Re: [KS] NEAC/Korea Foundation grants/fellowships announcements
There is a miconception that only academics are eligible. But since students
and profs esp have a hard time receiving funding in the humanities , they
are the primary targets. I have sat in on grant giving sessions for the
Japan side- and there are abundant number of independent scholars and
professionals such as museum staff who have gotten grants. So if you do have
a record of professional service, list of publications and research topic
that is well articulated, you should be eligible. Please apply. Like all
grants, the more you apply, the more you will get better at it.
On Jan 13, 2004, at 8:29 PM, J.Scott Burgeson wrote:
--- Hyung Pai <hyungpai at eastasian.ucsb.edu> wrote:
I would like to remind the Korean studies community
that there are many grants available for this year.
There are many listings for both graduate students
scholarships as well as short term research
travels, conference proposals, curriculum
development and to invite speakers to your campus.
Can I ask why foundations that give grants in the
field of Korean Studies consider critics to be
"illegitimate" candidates for grants? I have been a
professional critic for 13 years and have published
two books of criticism in Korea (both translated into
Korean), yet whenever I inquire about grants for
Korean language-study assistance, I am always told
"Don't even bother to apply because you're not an
academic." Ditto for any publishing or research
assistance. Korea Foundation and many others have
consistently told me this. I know that various artists
and adoptees, etc. also receive grants, but critics
always seem to fall between the cracks. I would like
to know why 13 years of professional experience as a
writer and public intellectual, and 6 years in Korea
(including invitations to guest lecture at Seoul Nat'l
University, Yonsei and Hanyang), is considered
illegitimate next to, say, 2 or 3 years for a graduate
Clearly, it is a short-sighted strategy to view
critics and other independent scholars this way,
because their commentary on Korean culture generally
reaches much wider audiences than academics--thereby
promoting greater understanding of the culture--and
deserves to be supported in order to ensure that it is
more rigorous and informed through opportunities to
study the language, pursue research and so forth.
Any thoughts on this institutional bias from the
--J. Scott Burgeson
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Hyung Il Pai
East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies,
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Fax: 805) 893-3011, Phone: 805) 893-2245
Email: Hyungpai at eastasian.ucsb.edu
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