Thursday, July 29, 2021

KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training 2022 South Korea (Fully Funded)

Since 1993, the Korea Foundation has offered an annual fellowship program for Korean language training(KLT) for the general promotion and dissemination of the Korean language, which is the basis of promoting Korean studies and Korea-related activities overseas. In accordance with the guidelines listed below, the Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2022 KLT program.

The KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training (KLT) program provides an opportunity for graduate students of Korean studies, Korean studies researchers and those working in Korea-related fields overseas to learn Korean in an intensive immersion program at a university in Korea for at least six months.

  • Living expenses (paid on a monthly basis)
    • Undergraduates, BA or MA degree holders or individuals with less than three years ofrelated career experience: KRW 1,000,000
    • PhD candidates and those with at least three years of related career experience: KRW 1,200,000
  • Travel allowance: KRW 300,000 (one-time benefit)
  • Tuition and fees for learning institution
  • Health insurance (accident insurance and medical care insurance provided by a Korean insurance company)
  • Please note: Airfare is not supported

Those who are majoring in Korean studies (humanities, social sciences, and culture/arts), are currently involved in Korea-related research, or are working in a Korea-related field and correspond to one of the following profiles may apply for the KLT program. All those who apply must be able to understand and speak at least basic Korean.
  • Undergraduate students
    • Undergraduate students whose major or minor is Korean studies (or Korean language) and who are at least in the 3rd year of their respective course
    • Undergraduate students who are at least in the 3rd year of their respective courses and have taken over 8 classes regarding Korean studies (or Korean language) at a university that does not offer any Korean studies or Korean language degrees.
    • Please Note: Applicants must attach evidence that the university does not offer any Korean studies or Korean language degrees on  (3) Grade Transcript of Coursework.
      (e.g. a screenshot of of offered degree courses on the respective schools' websites).
      Applicants must submit detailed transcripts for all classes.

      If a Korea-related degree is offered at an applicant's school, she or he is ineligible to apply even if the applicant has previously taken more than 8 Korea-related courses. 

  • MA/PhD candidates
    • Graduate students pursuing a major or minor in a Korea-related field with a detailed thesis proposal on a Korea-related topic
  • University professors, university lecturers and researchers
    • Professors, or lecturers who are currently teaching Korea-related or Korean language courses or researchers who are conducting Korea-related research at a university or research institute (non-profit, government-funded, university-affiliated, etc.).
  • Professionals
    • Professionals engaged in Korea-related activities
      (e.g. curators of a museum's Korean gallery, Korean studies librarians at a university, journalists who mainly deal with current affairs on Korea)
  • Former Diplomat Fellows
    • Former fellows who have completed the KF Korean Language and Culture Program for Diplomats and wish to take more courses that are focused on language training (applicant pool determined separately) 

Required Document:

Common (For All)
  • Online application form
    • Applicant’s personal information
    • Proposal (Within 400 words in English or 400 syllables in Korean, please explain your reasons and goal for undertaking Korean language training, the necessity for Korean language competency in your studies or current job, and future plans.)
  • A copy of the applicant’s highest academic degree
  • Evidence of Korean language proficiency
    (Submit at least one documents which corresponds to the below certificates)
    • Certificate proving Korean language proficiency
      e.g. TOPIK or KLPT (Korean Language Proficiency Test)
      (Appplicants with TOPIK Level 3 and 4 proficiency are preferred)
    • University language program transcripts (only as a supplement), etc.
    • Official award that could prove Korean proficiency
      e.g. award from Korean Speech Contest held by a Korean embassy
  • Two letters of reference (Each letter must come from a different referee.)
    • Head of affiliated institution
      • Undergraduate and graduate students: department head, thesis supervisor, etc.
      • Professors, lecturers or other professionals: head of applicant’s affiliated institution (e.g. the affiliated university’s dean or higher authority, director or higher authority of the affiliated division, etc.)
    • Korean language instructors: must be authorized professors or lecturers specializing in Korean and be capable of evaluating the applicant’s level of Korean proficiency.
Undergraduate Students
  • Certificate of Enrollment
    (Must have been issued after May 1, 2021)
  • Transcripts
    • Transcript of grades received for all undergraduate academic work
    • (Students who have not yet graduated must submit their grades for the 2021 spring semester as well.)
MA/PhD Candidates
  • Certificate of Enrollment
    (Must have been issued after May 1, 2020)
  • 2. Transcripts
    • Transcript of grades received for all undergraduate and graduate academic work
    • (Students who have not yet graduated must submit grades for the 2021 spring semester as well.)

University professors, university lecturers and researchers, Professionals, and Former Diplomat Fellows
  • Certificate of employment
    (Must have been issued after May 1, 2021)
  • Transcripts
    only the transcript of the applicant’s highest degree

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application Portal (
  • Click on the 'Apply' button at the bottom of this program announcement and complete the online application form.
  • 《 Important Reminders for the Online Application》
    • You must first register as member before applying.
    • The 'Apply' button is only activated during the application period from July 1 to August 31, 2021).
    • The application form must be completed in Englsih or Korean. All supporting documents must be in English or Korean or be accompanied by verbatim translations.
    • Bibliographies or citations in any publications or dissertations included with the application must follow APA or MLA style.
    • Click the 'Temporary Save' button whenever you make any changes to the application, particularly when attaching supplemental documents.
    • For supplementary documents, one PDF file may be uploaded per category.


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