Diplomats from developing nations and middle powers are invited to take part in Korean language and culture programs to increase their understanding and knowledge of Korea. The foundation hopes to establish a global pro-Korean community by annually inviting over 40 diplomats to participate in a three-month program to learn the Korean language and experience Korean culture.
Undergraduates (Only in some regions), MA Candidates, PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculties, Professionals
Outline of the Program
This fellowship is awarded to researchers and graduate students studying Korean Studies subjects and other persons professionally engaged in Korea-related activities who wish to have an opportunity to take a language immersion program and learn Korean in a systematic manner at a university in Korea.
Persons who are engaged in Korea-related research within the context of humanities or social science studies or persons who are professionally involved in Korea-related activities and who also correspond to one of the following profiles:
- – Undergraduates: Undergraduate students in colleges located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Southeast Asia who are studying the Korean Language as a major or minor;
- – MA or PhD candidates: Graduate students pursuing a Korea-related degree as a major or minor;
- – University faculties and researchers: Professors, lecturers and researchers who are teaching Korea-related courses or Korean language courses, or who are conducting Korea-related research at a university or research institution; or
- – Professionals: Professionals engaged in Korea-related activities in the fields of arts and culture.
Important Reminders to Applicants
- – Applicants are expected to have a basic understanding of the Korean language and a certain level of command of it
(priority consideration is given to applicants with an intermediate level of proficiency).
- – Applications from Koreans overseas are considered only if they are permanent residents of a foreign country.
Persons corresponding to any of the following profiles will not be considered for the fellowship:
- – Persons already studying or conducting research in Korea;
- – Persons planning to enroll in a degree program in a Korean higher education institution; or
- – Persons having received the Fellowship for Korean Language study in the last two years.
Number of Fellowship Awards Available
Up to 40 per year
Details of Support
- 1. Living expenses (monthly stipend)
- – Undergraduates, BA degree holders, MA candidates and MA degree holders: 1,000,000 won
- – PhD candidates and higher: 1,200,000 won
- 2. Settling-in allowance: 300,000 won (one-time benefit)
- 3. Tuition and fees for the Korean language program
- 4. Travel insurance
July 31 of the year
preceding the year in which the program begins
November of the year
preceding the year in which the program begins
- Required Documents
(※ You can download the application form and application instructions from the related information below.)
- – A completed application form (a standard application form is available for download)
- – Curriculum vitae
- – 2 letters of reference (from the head of the organization and a Korean language instructor)
- Graduate students: Letters of reference from the chairman of the department, supervisor, etc.
- Faculties and professionals: Letters of reference from the university president or dean, or from the head of an organization such as the director of a museum or a research institution.
- Korean language instructors must be professors or lecturers specializing in Korean, and be capable of evaluating the applicant’s level of Korean proficiency.
- – A copy of the applicant’s highest diploma;
- – Certificate of employment or enrollment;
- – Undergraduate or graduate transcripts (possibility of waiver for university faculties and professionals);
- – Evidence of Korean language proficiency: TOPIK or KLPT (Korean Language Proficiency Test) certificates of proficiency, university or language program transcripts, etc. (For applicants from countries where TOPIK or KLPT are not administered, the evidence of Korean language proficiency (TOPIC basis) assessed by a professor or instructor of Korean language will be replaceable).
※ TOPIK Level-3 certification holders preferred.
- Application Submission
- – Beginning in 2013 The Korea Foundation accepts only online applications for its support programs.
- Please apply online here
Responsibilities of Fellowship Recipients
Fellowship recipients must make satisfactory progress in their studies, including moving up to the next level of study as expected, and must submit a final report before the end of the grant period, using the standard report form.
- – Fellowship recipients may not hold, during their linguistic stay in Korea, concurrent grants from the Foundation or a third party organization.
- – Fellowship recipients must enroll in a Korean language program during the year for which they applied and may not postpone the enrollment to the following year.
- – During their linguistic stay in Korea, fellowship recipients may not work or engage in any remunerative or lucrative activity.
Korean Language and Culture Program for Diplomats(Diplomats Fellowship)
- 1. Program Goal
- This program aims to strengthen foreign diplomats’ job performances related to Korean affairs and develop pro-Korean diplomats. Foreign diplomats are invited to Korea and provided with a well-organized Korean language and culture learning program. The fellows of this program are mainly junior diplomats and other government officials who are in charge of foreign affairs from middle-power and developing countries.
- 2. Fellowship Period: Three months(March-May)
- 3.Details of Program
- The program includes Korean language classes, Korean culture classes, field trips, and a lecture series on Korean society and culture, which are currently operated(2013-15 program) by Institute of International Education(IIE), Kyung Hee University, the designated institute by the Korea Foundation. Others include a lecture series on Korea’s diplomacy and politics which are hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy(KNDA) and a discussion meeting between diplomat fellows and Korean Diplomats which are hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA).