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Korea Foundation Fellowship

In partnership with the Seoul-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.

The Korea Foundation Fellowship is currently closed for application

The resident fellow will undertake a self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program.

Nonresident fellows will complete a self-directed research project on Korea foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates during the course of their fellowship.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Korean national
  • 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
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Predominately completed studies in Korea

To apply for the Korea Foundation Fellowship, please complete the Resident and/or Nonresident Korea Foundation Fellowship online application form and include all materials listed below. 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
  • Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
  • Currently valid English test score (TOEIC, TOEFL, TEPS, etc.)

Current Resident Fellow:

Kangkyu Lee (ROK) is a Yenching Scholar studying international relations at Peking University. His research focuses on the intersection of political psychology to explain public opinion and diplomatic relations. Kangkyu previously studied as a government-funded JASSO Fellow to conduct research on Japanese domestic politics at Osaka University. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia magna cum laude. He is a research assistant at the Berggruen Institute where he researches identity and culture to explain East Asian technology policy and perspectives towards frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence.


Current Nonresident Fellows:

Seongwon Lee (ROK) is a Ph.D Candidate in Future Strategy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he studies the future of warfare and its implications to the Korean Peninsula. Earlier, he served as deputy director for international cooperation at the Ministry of Unification and as an officer at the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. of the Republic of Korea. He is also an author in Korea with a book that explains military strategy and security issues through a popular computer game. Mr. Lee received his BA from Stanford University and MA from the University of North Korean Studies. He speaks Korean and English.

Bora Kim (ROK) is a MA candidate in International Security at Sciences Po Paris (Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), France. She also holds a MA in Political Science specializing in cybersecurity and BA in International Studies at Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. She worked as a researcher at Foundation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in Paris on Korea and China security issues. Her interests include adoption of technology in the military, technology regime competition and technological bipolarism.

Dong Kyu Kim (ROK) is a Master’s candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University. During his undergraduate, he majored in both Political Science and Economics at Underwood International College at Yonsei University. His main research interest lies in the international political economy with a special focus on foreign aid, trade, and international organizations.