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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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

South Korea

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2 Korean Studies Master's Degree Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Grant Period
12 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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 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 and who focus their program primarily on Korea 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 conduct research on a full-time schedule. Awardees are expected to complete all degree requirements within two academic years of starting the program. 

Grant Period

12 Months

Grant support is for two academic years. However, renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee achieving academic success (above a 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent).

The Korean academic year typically begins in March. Thus, most grantees are anticipated to begin their grants in the February following grant award notification. However, should the proposed university 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 2021

or

-Late Winter/Early Spring 2022

Grant program end dates will coincide with the selected graduate program's final exam schedule.

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 earning a Korean Studies master's degree will contribute to their future career path.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Candidates with advanced levels of Korean language ability will be given preference. Applicants must show evidence of Korean language ability by:

  1. Providing transcripts containing at least 5 semesters of Korean language coursework; OR
  2. Providing TOPIK test results demonstrating Level 3 or higher proficiency; OR
  3. Providing LTI Korean test results in reading, writing, and listening demonstrating a Level B1 or higher proficiency in each skill.

Candidates will be asked to provide supporting documentation to the Commission at the semi-finalist stage in February 2021.

Language proficiency requirements are also contingent on the university master's degree program selected. As such, candidates should additionally reference the requirements of the degree program in which they intend to enroll.

For information regarding the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean), visit www.topik.go.kr.

For information regarding LTI (Language Testing International) Korean tests, visit www.languagetesting.com. LTI is a licensee of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Test results from LTI should be reported according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which utilizes an A1 to C2 scale.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

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

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

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

Ineligibility

  • Candidates with dual U.S.-Republic of Korea citizenship will not be considered. (See section on Visa Requirements/Dual Citizenship below.)
  • Candidates currently residing in Korea (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 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

Visa Requirements

All Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees going to Korea MUST obtain an A-3 visa and enter the country on a U.S. passport. No other visa status will be accepted.

Dual Citizenship Advisory for Americans of Korean Descent

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

Individuals who are of Korean descent (Korean-Americans, including Korean adoptees) may have dual U.S.-ROK citizenship unbeknownst to them or their families.

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

A Korean-American applicant in the following circumstances is considered by the Republic of Korea to be a Korean citizen: 

  • A Korean-American individual whose father or mother was still a Korean citizen at the time of the individual's birth
  • A Korean-American individual whose father was a Korean national and was deceased at the time of the individual's birth     

Applicants who fall under either of the categories listed above MUST contact the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate immediately and take due procedures to renounce their Korean citizenship. They should keep in mind that depending on the consulate, these procedures can take as long as six months to a year and as such should begin the process as soon as possible.

For individuals who received American citizenship through adoption (i.e., Korean adoptees), their Korean citizenship should have been automatically renounced six months after acquiring American citizenship. However, it has come to KAEC’s attention that Korean citizenship renunciation has not always been processed or finalized properly for adoptees. As such, those adopted from Korea also MUST contact the nearest Korean Embassy or Korean Consulate prior to submitting a Fulbright application to confirm their citizenship status.

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

In order to avoid cancellation of a Fulbright grant after an application has been submitted, reviewed, and potentially approved, KAEC requires that all Korean-American applicants provide written proof that they do not have Korean citizenship before they accept their grant award. This can be accomplished in only two ways, which are as follows:

  1. Submit written proof from the ROK Ministry of Justice declaring that the Korean-American applicant does not have Korean citizenship.
  2. Submit a formal document from the ROK Ministry of Justice declaring that the Korean-American applicant has successfully renounced their Korean citizenship.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.or.kr

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Namhyeong Kim