Korea Foundation Fellowship

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한국국제교류재단 펠로십 프로그램

In partnership with the Jeju-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.

퍼시픽포럼은 한국국제교류재단과 협력하여 한국인을 대상으로 하는 펠로십 프로그램을 운영합니다. 한국국제교류재단 펠로십 프로그램은 세계적인 외교정책 안보연구소인 퍼시픽 포럼에서 연구활동과 전문 경력을 쌓을 수 있도록 지원하고 있습니다. 참가자들은 세계적인 학술, 기업, 정부, 군사 지도자들과 전문가들을 만나 한반도 및 인도태평양 지역의 안보에 대해 논의하고 네트워크를 확장할 수 있는 기회를 갖게 됩니다.

Applications for Resident fellowships are currently closed. 

Applications for Non-resident fellowships are currently closed.

Pacific Forum will select 1 candidate to be a hybrid resident/nonresident fellow, working at Pacific Forum’s Honolulu office for 3 months and virtually for 2 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 and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. They will also receive a monthly cost-of-living stipend; and roundtrip airfare to Honolulu and travel insurance during the fellowship period.

Non-resident fellowships are also offered to outstanding full-time graduate students to allow them to participate in Pacific Forum programs while maintaining their academic commitments. Pacific Forum typically selects 2 non-resident fellows, who will have the opportunity to undertake a 9-10 month self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations and to participate in select Young Leaders Program engagements.

퍼시픽 포럼은 호놀룰루 사무실에서 5개월 동안 근무할 한 명의 펠로우를 선발합니다. 3개월 간 사무실 근무, 2개월 원격 근무로 진행될 예정입니다. 펠로우는 퍼시픽 포럼 선임 연구원의 지도 하에 한국 외교정책이나 한미 관계에 대한 개인 프로젝트를 수행하게 되며, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program에 참여하게 될 것입니다. 또한 한국-호놀룰루 왕복 항공료와, 생활비, 보험료를 지급받게 될 것입니다.

또한, 퍼시픽 포럼은 9-10개월 동안 한국의 외교정책이나 한미 관계에 대한 개인 프로젝트를 수행 할 비상주 펠로 2명을 선발합니다. 이들에게는 학업을 지속함과 동시에 퍼시픽 포럼 프로그램에 참여할 수 있는 기회가 제공됩니다.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Korean citizen
  • 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 or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Predominately completed studies in Korea

펠로우쉽 자격

  • 대한민국 국민
  • 만 22세에서 34세
  • 현재 외교 정책, 국제관계, 정치와 관련된 분야에서 공부하는 대학원생 (12개월 내에 졸업한 학생도 가능합니다)
  • 영어 업무 능력 (토익 850, 토플 IBT 100, CBT 250, TEPS 750 혹은 그와 같은 점수)
  • 최소학점0
  • 대부분의 교육을 한국에서 받은 자

Include all materials listed. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • 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 (may be emailed to [email protected])
  • Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
  • Currently valid English test score (TOEIC, TOEFL, TEPS, etc.)

지원하실분은 상주(resident) 혹은 비 비상주(non-resident) 온라인 지원서를 작성해 주시고 아래 서류를 첨부해 주시기 바랍니다. 모든 서류는 영어로 작성 되어야 합니다. 지원서 마감일은 2022년 12월 19일 입니다.

  • 학업계획서 (지원 동기)
  • 어떤 외교 정책 혹은 안보 관련 문제를 퍼시픽 포럼에서 연구할지를 포함한 연구 제안서 (abstract 최대 250단어, 연구서 최대 1500단어)
  • 대학교수 추천서
  • 재학증명서 혹은 졸업증명서
  • 학부 대학원 성적표

Current Resident Fellow:

Yerin Yoon is a resident Korea Foundation Fellow at Pacific Forum. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Yerin worked as a US foreign policy researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Korea. She also gained valuable experience regarding North Korea research as an Intern at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES).

Her research interests are centered around the US-ROK military alliance, national defense policy analysis, maritime security, and war prevention. Her dedication to these topics stems from her practical experience as a surfaceship officer in the Republic of Korea Navy, where she served for five years. Through her military service, Yerin acquired firsthand knowledge and expertise in the field of security. Notably, she was enagaged in naval combat with North Korean warship in 2014.

She holds a BA in International Relations and Military Science from the Republic of Korea Naval Academy. Driven by her unwavering commitment to peace and stability, she is pursuing further studies in graduate school. With her multifaceted background and expertise, she is dedicated to making her a valuable contribution to promoting peace and security in Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on the Korean peninsula.

Current Non-resident Fellows:


Beumsuk Kim (ROK) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, exploring International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Indo-Pacific Security Studies. His doctoral research focuses on the securitization theory and Asia-Pacific foreign policy analysis centered on critical infrastructure and defense technologies such as THAAD and Huawei’s 5G networks. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Beumsuk worked as a research assistant at various places, including the Foreign Affairs and National Security Team of the National Assembly Research Service in the ROK, the AI and Energy in Gulf project at the University of Warwick, and the BK21+ at the Yonsei University. He has experience as a full-time lecturer and a 1st lieutenant in the department of International Relations at the Korea Army Academy at Yeongcheon for three years. Beumsuk will conduct research on South Korea’s foreign policy decision-making process in the context of Sino-American relations.


Jahee KIM (ROK) is a Researcher in the Department of National Security and Unification Studies at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul. She is in charge of conducting research on foreign affairs and national security, organizing and coordinating IFANS’s academic, international seminars, conferences related to Inter-Korean relations and Nuclear Nonproliferation. She also has produced many research papers and reports that were either published or circulated within our Foreign Ministry. Her Research interest lies in the North Korean Nuclear affairs, ROK-US alliance, Nuclear Nonproliferation. She has a B.A in Political Science and English Literature from Dankook University, a M.A. from the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), specialized in International Peace and Security studies. She is currently Ph. D. candidate at Korea University writing her dissertation on Alliance and Nuclear Proliferation dynamics.

Previous Fellows:

Eun A Jo (ROK) is a PhD Candidate in Government at Cornell University, specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and peace studies. She is interested in national narratives, memory, and the domestic politics of international reconciliation, with a focus on East Asia. In her dissertation, she examines why and how national narrative change, through a comparative study of South Korean and Taiwanese narratives. She is the 2021-2022 Korea Foundation Fellow of the Pacific Forum and the assistant editor of The Asan Forum, a bimonthly journal of the Seoul-based think tank Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to her study, Eun A worked as an advisor in international security at the South Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations. She holds a BA from University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, and an MPP from Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.


Juyoung Kim (ROK) is a non-resident Korea Foundation fellow at Pacific Forum. Juyoung has nearly five years of policy research experience in several think tanks in South Korea including the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Future Resources Institute and East Asia Institute. Her research interest in natural resource governance, geopolitics of energy and multilateral energy cooperation has evolved gradually from her work experiences. She is currently completing her PhD study on the politics of governing Mozambique’s LNG industry at King’s College London. Juyoung’s research at Pacific Forum aims to explore how changes in energy security policies of the three Northeast Asian countries, such as China, Japan and South Korea, have affected and been affected by changes in another country’s policy choices, and how this political process has resulted in the spread of similar policy ends in the region.


Su Hyun Lee (ROK) is resident Korea Foundation Fellow at Pacific Forum. She holds a BA in East Asian Politics and Culture from Yonsei University, and MA in International Cooperation from Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul. Su Hyun’s core interest in research lies on US-China Relationship, Chinese Foreign Policy, and Middle Power Diplomacy. In specific, she is interested in emerging security issues such as trade, technological warfare, and cybersecurity. Su Hyun has previously worked as an Intern in East Asia Foundation (EAF) where she focused on researching US-China technological hegemony. She had also worked as an intern in Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) where she designed conferences on ‘Attaining Public Trust in Media’ and ‘Developing Law and Technology’. Apart from emerging security issues, she is also interested in environment and maintaining sustainable development.