Fulbright U.S. Student Program

South Korea


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20 Open Study/Research Awards

Grant Period:

10 months

Candidates should design projects that begin in August or September 2017.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Korean language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process, though candidates with some knowledge of Korean are given preference. Korea specialists conducting dissertation research must have the necessary language skills. Applicants lacking a working knowledge of Korean must show that their proposals are feasible and, if selected, are expected to begin language study before arriving in Korea. Candidates without previous academic training or personal experience related to Korea should include intensive Korean language study in their proposals.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Applicants should identify and contact appropriate host universities for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Research centers and institutes at leading universities frequently offer affiliation to U.S. students in the appropriate fields. Applicants are expected to establish the affiliation independently. Upon issuance of the grant, the Fulbright Commission in Korea (KAEC) will assist candidates in formalizing their affiliations.


Ineligibility:

Candidates with dual U.S.-Republic of Korea citizenship will not be considered.

Candidates currently residing in Korea (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.

Candidates who have already received their PhD degrees by the grant start date are not eligible.


Project Description:

Fulbright grantees are charged with developing and executing independent research projects.  Projects must be relevant to or focus on Korean/Korean-American studies.  Applicants must be motivated, responsible, and show competence in autonomous work in order to successfully carry out their projects.


Visa Requirements/Dual Citizenship :

Candidates holding dual citizenship with Korea will NOT be permitted to undertake Fulbright U.S. Student grants to Korea.

Upon receipt of a Fulbright award, any individual with U.S.-Republic of Korea dual citizenship must renounce their Korean citizenship in order to be able to obtain the proper visa (A-3) to undertake a Fulbright grant.

All U.S. Student Fulbrighters going to Korea MUST obtain an A-3 visa and enter the country on a U.S. passport.

In April 2010, the Republic of Korea passed legislation that allows dual citizenship, with differing rules for men and women. If you are Korean-American, you may have dual U.S.-ROK citizenship, and you should inquire with the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to submitting a Fulbright application.

Individuals who do not or cannot renounce their Korean citizenship prior to submitting a Fulbright application are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Korea.

Korean-Americans in the following circumstances will be considered by the Republic of Korea to be Korean citizens:

  • Korean-American individuals whose fathers or mothers were still Korean citizens at the time of their births
  • Individuals whose fathers were Korean nationals and were deceased at the time of the individual’s birth

Applicants who fall under any of the categories above should contact the Korean Embassy or nearest Korean Consulate immediately to learn more about these regulations and suggested procedures for citizenship renunciation. This does not apply to individuals who received American citizenship through adoption, as Korean citizenship is automatically renounced six months after American citizenship is granted.  

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine whether they have dual citizenship and how it impacts their eligibility for a Fulbright grant. Candidates awarded Fulbright grants will be responsible for obtaining the A-3 visas prior to arrival in Korea.

If any individual is found to have dual citizenship at the time of or after the grant acceptance, the award offer will automatically be revoked.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


3 Korean Studies Master's Degree Awards

Award Profile:

This grant, which has received significant support from the Korean government, was established with the objective of promoting Korean Studies in the United States. Grant recipients will receive support for the duration of a two-year master’s degree program upon the successful admission to a Korean university. Applicants must pursue a graduate degree in Korean Studies.

Only candidates who demonstrate a specific intent to pursue Korean Studies as a career will be considered. 

Candidates must independently apply for and gain admission to a Korean university.

Recipients of this grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout their tenure AND are expected to study and research on a full-time schedule. Awardees are expected to complete all degree requirements within two academic years of entrance into the program. 


Grant Period:

Two academic years. However, renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee’s academic success (above a 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent).

The Korean academic year typically begins in March. Thus, most grantees would begin their grants in the February following grant award notification. However, should the program offer a fall start date, grantees may be able to start during the fall following grant award notification. 

Grants will begin:

-Late Summer/Early Fall 2017

or

-Late Winter/Early Spring 2018


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

All applicants must explain their interest in Korean Studies in the Statement of Grant Purpose and must detail how the Korean Studies master's degree will contribute to their future career paths.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Candidates with some Korean language ability are preferred; however, the requirement is determined by the university’s master's degree program.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

All applicants must indicate which master's programs they plan to enroll in. Issuance of the award is contingent upon acceptance into an eligible Korean master's degree program.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at a Korean university, accommodations, transportation expenses, and a generous living stipend.


Ineligibility:

Candidates with dual U.S.-Republic of Korea citizenship will not be considered.

Candidates currently residing in Korea (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.

Those currently holding a graduate degree will not be considered.

Candidates pursuing doctoral degrees or professional degrees are not eligible for funding. 


Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must select "Korean Studies Grad" in the Award Name field of the application.


Visa Requirements/Dual Citizenship:

Candidates holding dual citizenship with Korea will NOT be permitted to undertake Fulbright U.S. Student grants to Korea.

Individuals with U.S.-Republic of Korea dual citizenship will be unable to obtain the proper visa (A-3) to undertake a Fulbright grant.

All U.S. Student Fulbrighters going to Korea MUST obtain an A-3 visa and enter the country on a U.S. passport.

In April 2010, the Republic of Korea passed legislation that allows dual citizenship, with differing rules for men and women. If you are Korean-American, you may have dual U.S.-ROK citizenship, and you should inquire with the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to submitting a Fulbright application.

Individuals who do not or cannot renounce their Korean citizenship prior to submitting a Fulbright application are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Korea.

Korean-Americans in the following circumstances will be considered by the Republic of Korea to be Korean citizens:

  • Korean-American individuals whose fathers or mothers were still Korean citizens at the time of their births
  • Individuals whose fathers were Korean nationals and were deceased at the time of the individual’s birth

Applicants who fall under any of the categories above should contact the Korean Embassy or nearest Korean Consulate immediately to learn more about these regulations and suggested procedures for citizenship renunciation. This does not apply to individuals who received American citizenship through adoption, as Korean citizenship is automatically renounced six months after American citizenship is granted.  

Because of ever-changing rules and regulations, however, the categories above may not be comprehensive. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine whether they have dual citizenship and how it impacts their eligibility for a Fulbright grant. Candidates awarded Fulbright grants will be responsible for obtaining the A-3 visas prior to arrival in Korea.

If any individual is found to have dual citizenship at the time of or after the grant acceptance, the award offer will automatically be revoked.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


80 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

13 months

The grant runs from early July until late July of the following year.

Upon receipt of the Fulbright award, all English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be expected to complete a 120-hour TESOL course designated by the Korean Fulbright Commission (KAEC). ETAs will begin their grants in July 2017 with a six-week orientation program which will consist of intensive Korean language study, extensive training in ESL techniques, and an overview of Korean culture and history. Renewals for up to two additional years are available and awarded based upon satisfactory cultural adjustment and teaching performance.

Note on autorized leave time: An accepted grantee's first responsibility is to the Korean host school. There will be a period in the winter when the ETA will have vacation time, and the break period will be determined by the grantee's host school, usually falling in January or February.  

*Candidates must be aware that aside from the winter break, they will not be permitted to travel to the United States for interviews or vacation.  Individuals should not apply for or accept this award unless they are able to commit to this academic schedule.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Elementary Schools: Applicants should be well-rounded graduating seniors or recent graduates and under 30 years of age. Candidates must be native English speakers and demonstrate the necessary initiative to teach conversational English to elementary school students. Moreover, candidates must give evidence of the ability to adapt and thrive within a variety of intensive cultural environments including living in a Korean homestay or living independently in a Korean apartment, and working within the Korean educational system. Education majors (particularly those with a background in early childhood education) are encouraged to apply, but applicants from all majors are welcome.  ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Secondary Schools: Applicants should be well-rounded graduating seniors or recent graduates and under 30 years of age. Candidates must be native English speakers and demonstrate the necessary initiative to teach conversational English to middle and high school students. Moreover, candidates must give evidence of the ability to adapt to and thrive in a variety of intensive cultural environments including living in a Korean homestay or living independently in a Korean apartment, and working in a Korean educational environment. Previous teaching experience is preferred, but not required.  ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: No Korean language skills are required. Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in Korea and learning Korean. The summer ETA Orientation will include an intensive Korean language component, so some level of elementary self-study is expected prior to arrival.


Ineligibility:

Candidates with dual U.S.-Republic of Korea citizenship will not be considered.

Candidates currently residing in Korea (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.


Special Application Instructions:

All applicants must specify in the Award Name field of the application whether they are applying for an Elementary School ETA grant or a Secondary School ETA grant.


Nature of Assignment:

Approximately 22 hours per week of classroom teaching, plus additional time for all needed class preparation and school-related activities is expected. A mix of co-teaching and independent teaching will vary from school to school depending on the school’s situation and the ETA’s background and qualifications. ETAs may be assigned more than one school based upon need, but teaching responsibilities shall not exceed 22 hours.


TESOL/TEFL Certification:

All grantees will take an online 120-hour TESOL course prior to arriving in order to meet the Korean government’s requirement.  Those already holding certificates/degrees are encouraged to apply. The Fulbright Commission in Korea will coordinate the TESOL course logistics.


Housing:

Participating schools will make arrangements for homestays. KAEC will make every effort to ensure that host schools find appropriate homestays for first-year grantees. However, a small number of placements may not be able to provide homestays. In this case, schools must provide grantees with a studio apartment. In this case, grantee preferences will be taken into consideration prior to placement. 

Nevertheless, KAEC considers the homestay to be a crucial part of the first-year experience. In the event that KAEC is able to secure homestays for all incoming grantees, the homestay component will be mandatory. Individuals should not apply for or accept this award if they are not prepared for the intense experience of a Korean homestay. 


Visa Requirements/Dual Citizenship:

Candidates holding dual citizenship with Korea will NOT be permitted to undertake Fulbright U.S. Student grants to Korea.

Upon receipt of a Fulbright award, any individual with U.S.-Republic of Korea dual citizenship must renounce their Korean citizenship in order to be able to obtain the proper visa (A-3) to undertake a Fulbright grant.

All U.S. Student Fulbrighters going to Korea MUST obtain an A-3 visa and enter the country on a U.S. passport.

In April 2010, the Republic of Korea passed legislation that allows dual citizenship, with differing rules for men and women. If you are Korean-American, you may have dual U.S.-ROK citizenship, and you should inquire with the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to submitting a Fulbright application.

Individuals who do not or cannot renounce their Korean citizenship prior to submitting a Fulbright application are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Korea.

Korean-Americans in the following circumstances will be considered by the Republic of Korea to be Korean citizens:

  • Korean-American individuals whose fathers or mothers were still Korean citizens at the time of their births
  • Individuals whose fathers were Korean nationals and were deceased at the time of the individual’s birth

Applicants who fall under any of the categories above should contact the Korean Embassy or nearest Korean Consulate immediately to learn more about these regulations and suggested procedures for citizenship renunciation. This does not apply to individuals who received American citizenship through adoption, as Korean citizenship is automatically renounced six months after American citizenship is granted.  

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine whether they have dual citizenship and how it impacts their eligibility for a Fulbright grant. Candidates awarded Fulbright grants will be responsible for obtaining the A-3 visas prior to arrival in Korea.

If any individual is found to have dual citizenship at the time of or after the grant acceptance, the award offer will automatically be revoked.


Health Disclosure and Eligibility:

In compliance with Korean government regulations regarding heath and employment in the school systems, all candidates must indicate in their applications if they suffer from any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English.  Strict adherence to these regulations is MANDATORY.  Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.  Fulbright applicants must include Medical Disclosures for applicable medical conditions at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Korean classrooms:

  • Visual impairments (conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses/contact lenses)
  • Hearing impairments above 40dB

In addition to the aforementioned conditions, other conditions that must be noted include, but are not limited to:

  • Conditions worsened by stress such as: Epilepsy, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc.
  • Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans.

Recording HIV/AIDS testing results on the Fulbright medical form will be REQUIRED for all candidates awarded grants and the corresponding documentation from the attending physician must also be submitted.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.