MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship & Scholarship [Fully Funded]: Apply by Aug 31: Expired

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship & Scholarship.

About the 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 applicants who are interested in Korean Peninsula issues in general, North Korea and unification, in particular.

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.

Program Outline
  • Special Lectures and Seminars for Individual Research Project
  • Cooperative Project with researchers/teams in the institute
  • Participation in Academic Programs addressing North Korea and Korean unification issues

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

Research Period: 6 months or 12 months
  • Please choose your research period; 6 months or 12 months.
  • The fellowship period approved by the IFES’s review committee may differ from applicants’ proposed schedule
  • Recipient of the fellowship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start date of the program
  • 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
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 their 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.
  • PhD candidates (for scholars) or 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
Grant Amount
  • Living expenses (KRW 2,300,000 to 3,000,000/month)
  • Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Settling-in allowance (KRW 1,000,000)
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.

Applicant Eligibility
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Grant Period
  • Up to 2 years for Master’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
  • Up to 3 years for Doctor’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
  • 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.
  • Applications for 2021 will be open to freshmen able to start on March 1, 2021.
  • Recipient of the scholarship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start of the program.
  • 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.
Grant Amount
  • Tuition (total amount)
  • Living expenses (KRW 2,000,000/month)
  • Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Settling-in allowance (KRW 700,000)
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship and scholarship through this link.

Application Deadline

August 31, 2021

Click here to view the official notification for the MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship & Scholarship.


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