2020 AKS Graduate Fellowship at Academy of Korean Studies| Application Guidelines

About 2020 AKS Graduate Fellowship:
The Graduate School of Korean Studies (GSKS), the Academy of Korean Studies(AKS), which is responsible to the Ministry of Education, is a research-oriented graduate school in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea. It was established in 1980 with the aim of nurturing scholars who will contribute to the development and globalization of Korean studies.

Since then, GSKS has been providing intensive research-oriented education through eminent professors’ close mentoring of students. Currently, approximately 300 students, including about 130 international students from 35 different countries, are enrolled in the Master’s and doctoral degree program at GSKS.

The AKS Graduate Fellowship is GSKS’ non-degree program which invites international graduate students to the AKS and supports them for six months, providing them with a momentum to grow to be a next generation of promising scholars in Korean studies. AKS Graduate Fellows for the period from 1st September 2020 to 28th February 2021 are now being sought. Those who aspire to widen and deepen their knowledge of Korea by conducting research at GSKS are very welcome to apply.

Fellowship Benefits:
a. Monthly stipend of 750,000KRW (approximately equivalent to 500GBP)
b. An economy-class round trip airfare
c. On-campus guesthouse available free of charge
d. Fellowship Period: 6 months (From 1st Sep 2020 to 28th Feb 2021)
e. Fellows will designate one of the AKS’ professors whose specialty is most relevant to their research topic as their academic advisor, who will guide them through the fellowship period.
f. Access to the AKS facilities including the library and Jangseogak Archives is given.
g. Korean language courses as well as cultural experience program are available free of charge.

Eligibility:
a. Nationality:
An applicant should be either a foreign national or a Korean national who has completed education outside of Korea which is compatible with Korea‘s elementary, middle, high school and college education.

B. Educational Background:
Applicants must meet one of the following conditions :
1. Applicants are enrolled in a Master’s or a doctoral degree program at an overseas university.
2. Applicants completed coursework and are in the status of ABD (All But Dissertation) in a Master’s degree program at an overseas university.
* ABD students in a doctoral degree program at an overseas university are NOT eligible for AKS Graduate Fellowship, but eligible for AKS Fellowship run by the AKS’ Center for International Affairs. Recruitment announcement for 2021 AKS
Fellowship will be published in Sep 2020 at intl.aks.ac.kr/english.
* A high level of proficiency in Korean language is preferred.
* Previous AKS Graduate Fellows are not eligible to apply again.

3. Research Topic:
An applicant’s research topic should pertain to Korea /Korean studies.

Maximum Number of Fellows Sought : 5

Recruitment Schedule
a. Online Application : 20 April (10:00) to 15 May (17:00) 2020.
b. Documents Submission by Post or in Person : 22 May (17:00) 2020.
c. Announcement of Selection Result: 3 July (17:00) 2020.

5. Fellows’ Obligations
A. Taking a Course
Fellows must take at least one major-specific course taught by their academic advisor or design an independent study with student’s own topic and research plan with their academic advisor.

Credits are not given for courses taken. Instead, courses are graded S(Successful) or U(Unsuccessful), and fellows must obtain “S” for courses taken.

B. Presentation
Towards the end of the fellowship period, there will be a presentation where fellows must present their research findings.

C. Final Report
Completing their research, fellows must submit either a thesis or a report summarizing their research findings.

A thesis or a report must be minimum 16,000 letters (including spaces) in length when written in Korean, and minimum 5,000 words when written in English, excluding the bibliography.

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