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 2021 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 of related career experience: KRW 1,000,000
- Ph.D. 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 the learning institution
- Health insurance (accident insurance and medical care insurance provided by a Korean insurance company)
Those who are majoring in Korean Studies (humanities, social sciences, and arts & culture), 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.
- MA/Ph.D. 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, 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 gallery, Korean studies, librarians at a university, journalists who mainly deal with current affairs in Korea)
- Undergraduate students:
- Undergraduate students whose major or minor is Korean studies (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 or Korean language degrees.
- Note: applicants must submit the detailed transcripts for all classes.
- Former Diplomat Fellow: Former fellow who has completed the KF Korean Language and Culture program for Diplomats and wish to take more courses focused on language training (applicant pool determined separately)
How to Apply
- Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application Portal (http://apply.kf.or.kr).
- You must first register as a member before applying
- The application form must be completed in English or Korea. All supporting documents must be in English or Korean or be accompanied by verbatim translations.
- Bibliographies or citation in any publications or dissertations included with the application, particularly when attaching supplemental documents.
- For supplementary documents, one PDF file may be uploaded per category.
Interested candidates can apply through this link.
For more information, please visit this site.
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