Korea Foundation Fellowship

In partnership with the Seoul-based Korea Foundation, Pacific Forum is pleased to host a resident and nonresident fellowship exclusively for Korean nationals.

The Korea Foundation Fellowship assists individuals with an advanced degree or pursuing a Ph.D. in obtaining research and professional experience in one of the world’s leading foreign policy and security studies think tanks. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and learn from globally recognized academic, business, government, and military leaders, as well as leading policy experts, to help shape their thinking about critical security challenges faced by Korea and the larger Indo-Pacific region. Fellows will also connect with and build their peer networks with counterparts from across the region.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Korean national
  • 20’s to 30’s
  • Current graduate or Ph.D. student researching foreign policy, international relations, political science or a related field (or within one year of graduation)
  • Fluent in English with minimum TOEIC score 850, TOEFL score 100 (IBT score)/250 (CBT), TEPS score 750
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Predominately completed studies in Korea

Resident Fellowship
Pacific Forum will select a candidate to be a resident fellow at the Pacific Forum office for six months. Fellows will undertake a self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. Their research paper must be of quality to be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights or other publication source by the completion of the fellowship period.

Resident fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 a month, roundtrip airfare to Honolulu, travel insurance during the fellowship period, and travel costs to attend two conferences.

To apply for the resident fellowship, please complete the online form or submit the following materials in PDF format to programs@pacforum.org by December 31, 2019. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • 2019 Korea Foundation Fellowship application form (click to download)
  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you are interested in this fellowship)
  • Research proposal outlining what foreign policy or security-related question you plan to research while at Pacific Forum and what your expected outcomes will be (Abstract max. 250 words, proposal max. 1,500 words)
  • Letter of Recommendation from an academic advisor at your university
  • Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
  • All transcripts including undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D
  • English test score (TOEIC, TOEFL, TEPS, etc.) within one year after expiration

Nonresident Fellowship
Pacific Forum will also select nonresident fellows to complete a self-directed research project on Korea foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates during the course of their fellowship.

To apply for the nonresident fellowship, please complete the online form or submit the following materials in PDF format to programs@pacforum.org by December 31, 2019. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • 2019 Korea Foundation Fellowship application form (click to download)
  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you are interested in this fellowship)
  • Research proposal outlining what foreign policy or security-related question you plan to research and what your expected outcomes will be (Abstract max. 250 words, proposal max. 1,500 words)
  • Letter of Recommendation from an academic advisor at your university
  • Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
  • All transcripts including undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D
  • English test score (TOEIC, TOEFL, TEPS, etc.)

Applications can be submitted via postal mail or e-mail at:
Attn: Korea Foundation Fellowship Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 1-808-599-8690
Email: Programs@pacforum.org

 

Current Resident Fellows:

Ms. Saeme KIM (ROK) is a PhD candidate in International Relations at King’s College London, United Kingdom. She received her MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) and BA in International Studies at Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. She previously worked as a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) in Seoul. Her research interests include East Asian regionalism, regional architecture, and middle power diplomacy.


Current Nonresident Fellows:

Mr. Jong Hwa AHN (ROK) is a consultant at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He holds his MA in international relations and security from Korea University. Before pursuing his studies in international security, he served as an infantry officer of the ROK Army in the demilitarized zone of the Korean Peninsula and United Nations peacekeeping operation. His research interests include Northeast Asian security, South Korean foreign and defense policies and North Korea.

Mr. Sea Young (Sarah) KIM (ROK) is a MA Candidate in Asian studies at Georgetown University. She has experience working in the South Korean National Assembly as policy secretary to the Speaker. She has also worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair as a research intern. At Georgetown, her studies have focused on the Korean Peninsula with a thematic concentration on politics and security. She is currently working on a research project addressing the different identity perceptions between the two Koreas. Ms. Kim received her BA in international studies from Ewha Womans University in Seoul.