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Announcement of International Scholar Exchange Fellowship 2018-2019



1. Purpose

The ISEF program aims to enhance international exchange and cooperation by promoting cross-cultural understanding and academic advancement. To this end, KFAS invites qualified scholars from Asia and the Middle East to carry out research in collaboration with leading Korean universities and research institutions.

2. Fields of Research


Humanities. Social Sciences

Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Media, Geography, History, Philosophy, Literature


Petrochemical engineering

Information and Communications

Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering

Life science

Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Ecology, Immunology, Genetic Engineering etc.

3. Eligible Applicants

   ■ University faculty and institution researchers from eligible countries who have a doctoral degree
   ■ Countries eligible to apply: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Laos,
      Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

   ■ Applicants, in principle, must be 50 years old or younger at the period of application deadline

  ※ Applicants must be able to carry out research in English and should not have any health issues to
       hinder their research activities

  ※ Those not eligible: 
     - Persons already conducting research in Korea
     - Persons whose prime interest is to teach in Korea

4. Research Period

 ■ 1 Year: From September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
 ■ 6 Months
      - From September 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
      - From March 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019

5. Details of Financial Support

 ■ Research stipend: 3,000,000 KRW/Month
 ■ Initial settlement support: 1,000,000 KRW
    Research paper grant: 1,000,000 KRW
        (after submitting the final research paper at the end of the fellowship)

 ■ Publication Incentives 
      ① $2,000~$5,000 (for an article published in journals registered at SSCI, AHCI, SCI)
      ② $1,000 (for an article published in journals registered at the National Research      
           Foundation of Korea)
      ※ Publication incentives are provided for articles published within 2 years of the date of the
           fellow’s return to his/her country that indicate the research was funded by the ISEF
           program at KFAS. The amount of incentives may vary upon careful evaluation of the 
           journal’s influence and the writer’s level of contribution

 ■ Round trip airfare: Economy-class round trip airfare between the airport nearest to the fellow’s 
        place of resident and Seoul

 ■ Medical insurance: National health insurance upon request, accident insurance

6. Research Support Program

 ■ Library access
 ■ Use of facilities for academic events
 ■ Korean language class
 ■ Cultural tours, industrial site visits

7. Application Instructions

   1) Become a KFAS member and log in (
   2) Complete the online application by filling out the necessary information, writing the research 
       proposal, and attaching the applicable files

   3) Submit the supplementary documents
      - 2 recommendation letters
      - 2 research samples that best represent your work (i.e. books or research papers) 
        with English abstract attached

      - A certificate of employment
      - A letter of research affiliation
      ※ You can attach a letter of research affiliation if you have already contacted your host institution
           in Korea at the time of application, otherwise you must contact your host scholar immediately to
           arrange your research affiliation upon selection as an ISEF fellow

   4) Confirm submission of application at “My page”

8. Application Deadline

 ■  February 23, 2018
      * All original application materials must reach KFAS by the deadline.
      * Announcement of results: March 30, 2018

9. How to Submit Applications

    ■ Applicants from institutions where Asia Research Center (ARC) is located must submit the 
    application documents to the center.

    Applicants from institutions without Asia Research Center (ARC) must submit the application 
    documents directly to KFAS.

   International Academic Division, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies
   Teheran-ro 211, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (T. 02-557-5681, E.


Prospectus Download: International Scholar Exchange Fellowship 2018-2019.PDF


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