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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.


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. 



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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13 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

Grants will start on August 23, 2021, and end on June 22, 2022 (dates to be confirmed).

Alternate start dates will not be considered, except under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Virtual pre-departure orientation sessions will be offered by the Commission during the spring/summer of 2021 prior to grantee arrival in Korea.

Candidate Profile

Applicants at all degree levels will be considered. Ideal applicants should propose a distinctive research project relevant to Korea that can be reasonably accomplished in 10 months. Applicants possessing appropriate language facility and previous cross-cultural experience will find their research more effectively accomplished and their Fulbright experience enhanced. Applicants whose research projects illustrate a specific knowledge of Korean and/or East Asian history, politics, culture, or religions, for example, will have a better grasp of research possibilities. Applicants must clearly articulate their future plans and express a compelling reason for coming to Korea for their research, as opposed to any other country. Applicants must also clearly specify the wider impact of their project and how it will enhance the relationship between the two countries.

Due to the hands-off nature of independent research in Korea, undergraduates/recent graduates proposing independent research must have the academic maturity, rigor, and depth of knowledge to work independently without close guidance from their host supervisor. They must exhibit a high level of subject knowledge and personal/academic initiative. Applicants must also articulate a clear plan and outcome for their research. It is still important that grantees have strong project support from their host institution and supervisor.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Novice

Additional Information: Korean language proficiency is strongly recommended, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. The use of translators to conduct research under Fulbright is discouraged.

All applicants must show evidence of having language proficiency commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project. In the Fulbright online application, applicants must include a Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support to the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have an affiliation with an appropriate host institution in Korea, such as a college, university, research center, or cultural institute. Applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of affiliation between the applicant and the host institution. The letter should state that a host supervisor will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project. While issuing the letter, the host supervisor must address accurately the following points:

  1. Origin of the collaboration;
  2. Role of the host supervisor in the applicant project;
  3. Plans by the host affiliation to involve the applicant in the institution's activities;
  4. Access to facilities and resources;
  5. Collaboration with an ongoing project. 

Although not required, if affiliated with a higher education institution, applicants are encouraged to discuss with their affiliation the possibility of auditing courses for the purpose of enhancing their Fulbright experience and research.


  • 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.
  • Candidates who have already received a PhD degree by the grant start date are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

As part of the selection process, semi-finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Korea (KAEC) may be contacted for interviews via video call or phone. An invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process and not a guarantee that the semi-finalist will be selected for a grant in Korea.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Clearance

For all levels and types of projects, if the proposed research project entails "human subject" issues, candidates should be aware that gaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval after arrival in Korea is difficult, time-consuming, and, in some cases, not possible. As such, applicants should discuss this issue with their host supervisor well in advance of their arrival in Korea and explore obtaining IRB approval from their current university if at all possible.

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.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Namhyeong Kim