2021 Korean Foundation Fellowship for Korean Language Training (KLT) Program

Scholarship/Fellowship in Art and Humanities , in Education and Languages , in Social Science
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  • Apply Before : August 31, 2020
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 40
  • Fields of study Language
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 To 12 Months

Opportunity Description

Program Overview

Korean Foundation is accepting applications for the 2021 KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training (KLT) Program. Annually, the Korea Foundation offers a fellowship program for Korean language training (KLT) for the general promotion and spreading of the Korean language as the basis of promoting Korean studies and Korea-related activities abroad.

Therefore, the KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training (KLT) program provides an opportunity for graduate scholars of Korean studies, Korean studies researchers, and those working in Korea-related fields abroad to learn Korean in an extensive immersion program at a university in Korea.

Details of the program

Applications deadline: 31 August 2020 (6:00 PM)

Notification of results: December 2020

Host institution: Korean Language Education Center at Sogang University

Duration: (minimum) 6 months, extendable to 12 months (maximum) but at least six months attendance is mandatory

Fellowship Type: Paid

Number of available awards: Up to 40

Start date: March or September 2021


The fellowship provider provides:

  1. Living expenses(every month payment)
  • For undergraduates, BA or MA degree holders or individuals with fewer than three years of related career experience: KRW 1,000

– For Ph.D. candidates and those with at least three years of relevant career experience: KRW 1,200

  1. Travel allowance: KRW 300 (one-time benefit)
  2. Tuition and fees for the learning institution
  3. Health insurance

Eligibility requirements

  • Open to applicants worldwide;
  • Individuals specializing in Korean studies (humanities, social sciences, and arts & culture);
  • Applicants presently involved in Korea-related research, or are working in a Korea-related field and match with one of the following profiles are eligible to apply for the KLT program. Importantly, all applicants must be able to understand and speak at least basic Korean.
Type Details
MA/Ph.D. candidates Graduate students pursuing a major or minor in a Korea-related field with a detailed thesis proposal on a Korea-related topic
University professors, university lecturers, and researchers Professors or lecturers who are at present teaching Korea-related or Korean language courses or researchers conducting Korea-related research at a university or research institute (non-profit, government-sponsored, university-affiliated, etc.).
Professionals Professionals engaged in Korea-related activities journalists who chiefly deal with current affairs in Korea)
Undergraduate students ① Undergraduate students whose major or minor is Korean studies (or Korean language) and who are at least in the 3rd year of their respective course and have taken over eight classes regarding Korean studies (or Korean language) at a university that does not offer any Korean studies or Korean language degrees.
Former Diplomat Fellows Previous fellows who have completed the KF Korean Language and Culture Program for Diplomats and aspire to take more courses focused on language training (applicant pool determined separately)

Who are not eligible to apply?

– Korean citizens

– Individuals already studying or carrying out research in Korea

– Candidates planning to enroll in a degree program at a higher educational institution in Korea

– Individuals who have received the KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training within the last two years (2019-2020).

Notification of Results

The notification date is subject to change without prior notice. Applicants will be notified individually through e-mail.

Further conditions

Fellows’ responsibilities

The fellows must advance to the next-higher language level for each term of study. After the fellowship period has ended, receivers must submit a final report of their results to the Foundation in agreement with a format provided by the KF.

How to apply?

Applications for this program are online should be submitted via the KF Online Application Portal in the link below.

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Important reminder:

Please make sure to complete the following steps within your application:

– You must first register as a member before applying.

– One PDF file may be uploaded per the attachment category.

– Only scanned files (in PDF format) are valid. Image files will invalid.

– The application form and all documents must be submitted in English or Korean. If in other languages, please provide both the original file and a verbatim translation.

– The fellowship awardees may be requested by the KF to submit further documentation.

–  After applicants submit their online application, the online application system will automatically send e-mails to the referees whose e-mail addresses applicants have provided. Therefore, applicants should inform their referees about their request for a letter of recommendation before applying. (Both recommendations must be submitted during the application submission period in order for the application to be processed).

Required documents for submission

A) For Undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students

  1. Certificate of Enrollment (Must have been earned after May 1, 2020)
  2. Transcript of grades obtained for all undergraduate academic work (Students who have not yet graduated must submit their grades for the spring 2020 semester as well.)
  3. Online application form
  4. Applicant’s personal information
  5. Proposal statement (Within 400 words in English or 400 syllables in Korean, explaining your reasons and goal for undertaking Korean language training, the necessity for Korean language proficiency in your studies or current job, and future plans.)
  6. A copy of the applicant’s highest academic degree
  7. Evidence of Korean language proficiency (Certificate proving Korean language proficiency, e.g., TOPIK or KLPT (Korean Language Proficiency Test) (Applicants with TOPIK Level 3 proficiency are preferred)
  8. University language program transcripts (supplemental), etc.

B) For University professors, lecturers, researchers, and professionals

– The official award that could prove Korean proficiency e.g., an award from Korean Speech Contest held by a Korean embassy

  1. Two letters of reference for all categories of applicants (from different referees. For details of the letter, see the program announcement page.)

C) For Former Diplomat Fellows

  1. Certificate of employment (Must have been issued after May 1, 2020)
  2. Transcripts (Only the transcript of the applicant’s highest degree).

For inquiries regarding the online application portal, please contact: [email protected]

For further information about the fellowship program, visit the KF KLT fellowship program.

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