Wednesday, August 19, 2020

[Master and PhD Degree] Korea Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Studies 2021, South Korea

The KF Scholarship for Graduate Studies (GS) program aims to foster a new generation of Korean
studies scholars by providing scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in an MA or PhD
program in Korean studies.

Support Details
Tuition (Different by region/country in consideration of local tuition and price level) 

  • MA or PhD students currently enrolled in graduate programs abroad on a Korea-related topic in the humanities, social sciences, arts or cultural studies must fulfill the following criteria:
    • Must be a registered student at the university of the enrolled program.
    • Must hold foreign citizenship (Korean citizens must have permanent residency status in a country outside Korea).
    • Excluded programs: natural science, medicine, engineering, MBA, law school, graduate school of translation and interpretation

Eligible Areas
The GS program is available in approximately 20 countries around the world which are classified into the four groups shown in the table below. An applicant’s country, for the purpose of this classification, is the country in which the graduate school in which he or she is or will be enrolled is located and not his / her country of origin.
Group 1
(USA, Canada)
  • Partner Institution: (-)*(Individual application) 
  • Number of Available Fellowship Awards Up to 10
Group 2
(UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, etc.)
  • Partner Institution: Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE)
  • Number of Available Fellowship Awards Up to 15
Group 3
(Australia, New Zealand)
  • Partner Institution: Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA)
  • Number of Available Fellowship Awards  Up to 5
Group 4
(In other regions not specified here, the KF operates the fellowship program based on agreements with individual universities. For more information, please contact the program officer in charge (, +82-64-804-1118).)
  • Number of Available Fellowship Awards: Up to 130

Required Document:
  • Online application form
  • Supplementary Materials (to be uploaded with the online application)
    • Research Proposal
    • Transcript
      • Master’s level: Academic transcript of undergraduate degree
      • Doctoral level: Academic transcripts of master's degree and undergraduate degree
        Continuous applicants should submit only an academic script of the fellowship period.
    • Three Letters of Reference
      • Dissertation supervisor: one copy
      • A professor who is qualified to assess your research proposal: one copy
      • An individual who is able to verify your Korean language competency: one copy
    • If applicants finish submission, KF online application system automatically sends emails to recommenders for reference letters. Therefore, the applicants are asked to require reference letters to recommenders before submitting application forms online. Continuous applicants should submit only one reference letter from a dissertation supervisor.
  • Curriculum Vitae :
    • Information about educational experience, professional experience, and fellowships and grants received in the past, a list of research accomplishments and publications, etc.

How to Apply:All required documents must be submitted in Korean or English via the KF Online Application System ( Please refer to the KF Online Application System ( for the latest announcements on changes to the program requirements prior to completing your application.

Program Schedule/Timeline:
Region Application Deadline Notification Fellowship Period
  • Group 1 February 2020
  • Group 2 April 2020
  • Group 3 October 2020
  • Group 4 In other regions not specified here, the KF operates the fellowship program based on signed agreements with universities.

  • 1. Submission of a report :
    • Fellowship recipients are required to submit a report within one month of the end of the fellowship period detailing the progress made during this period. The report must be drafted and submitted using the KF’s report form.
  • 2. Further reporting requirements :
    • Fellowship recipients, upon obtaining their degree, are required to submit a copy of their MA thesis or PhD dissertation to the KF.
Important Reminders
  • 1. MA students are eligible for funding from the GS program for up to two years.
    PhD students are eligible for funding from the GS program for up to three years. (Maximum years being eligible for funding from the GS program depend on countries. Please contact us.)
  • 2. Applicants must reside in the country of the university at which they are registered.
  • 3. Applicants proficient enough in Korean to be able to use Korean primary sources for their study and research are especially encouraged to apply.
  • 4. Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the KF or any other third party institution.
  • 5. Fellowship recipients must enroll in their chosen program for the semester indicated on the application. Admission may not be deferred to the following year.
  • 6. Fellowship recipients may not take a break from their university during the grant period, and a partial refund of the grant will be required if they do.
  • 7. After receiving the acceptance notice, Korean nationals should submit evidence of their foreign citizenship or permanent residency by email to the KF program officer in charge of the program.