Collage of three images: Koret Fellow Andray Abrahamian standing at a podium (left); Encina Hall colonnade (middle); Kathleen Stephens and Michelle Hsieh during a Koret conference (right).

Koret Fellowship in Korean Studies

Promoting research on contemporary Korean affairs and strengthening U.S.-Korea relations

Call for Applications

The Korea Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center invites applications for the 2019-20 Koret Fellowship. Interested individuals should apply by Friday, March 1, 2019. Scroll down for more details.

About the Koret Fellowship

The Koret Fellowship in Korean Studies brings leading professionals and scholars from Asia and the United States to Stanford to conduct research on contemporary Korean affairs, with the broad aim of strengthening U.S.-Korea ties. The fellowship was established in 2008 by the Korea Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) with generous support by the Koret Foundation.
Since its inception, the fellowship has expanded its research focus to include social, cultural, and educational issues in North and South Korea. The Korea Program nominates one Koret fellow each academic year.
The Koret fellow participates in the program while undertaking original research on contemporary Korea. The fellow also plays a lead role in organizing the Koret Workshop, a major conference that is held each year at Stanford in conjunction with the Koret fellowship and convenes an international panel of experts in Korean affairs. A public keynote address by a prominent figure is an important feature of the event.
Appointments begin in the fall quarter of the academic year. The Koret fellow is provided a monthly stipend for nine months.


Book cover: Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea (Routledge, 2018)

Featured Publication: 2016 Koret Workshop Proceedings

Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea (Routledge, 2018) outlines a blueprint for overcoming the challenges to Korea's economic growth, moving beyond the patterns established under export-oriented industrialization.

Application Process

Applications for the 2019-20 Koret Fellowship are invited through Friday, March 1, 2019.

Required Application Materials, in PDF Format:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • A short research statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) that describes the research to be undertaken including the topic, methodology, and contribution to the field.

Submissions and Inquiries

Address all application materials and questions to:
Heather Ahn
Program Manager, Korea Program
Shorenstein APARC
Stanford University
Encina Hall E301
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
(650) 724-8271

Meet Our Koret Fellow


Andray Abrahamian

Koret Fellow, 2018-19

Andray Abrahamian

Koret Fellow, 2018-19

Fellow Spotlight

Foreign Policy Article

Andray Abrahamian weighs in on the surprising outcome of the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit.

Survival Article

Abrahamian discusses North Korea's bounded rationality, in the journal Survival.

Reuters Interview

Abrahamian comments on North Korea's economic development and its limits.
Andray Abrahamian sitting down for an interview at Stanford.

Video Interview: Andray Abrahamian

We sat down with Abrahamian to discuss his book that compares North Korea and Myanmar, his experience as our Koret Fellow, and what's next for U.S.-DPRK diplomacy.

Former Fellows

Kyo-hyun Kim 
Former Senior National Security Advisor to President, Blue House
Rennie Moon
Current Institution: Yonsei University
Joon Nak Choi
Yeon cheon Oh
Former President, Seoul National University
Kathleen Stephens
Joon Seok Hong
Current Institution: Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
Joon-woo Park
Former Ambassador to the EU
Sang-Hun Choe
Current Institution: New York Times
Byongwon Bahk
Current Institution: POSCO
Byung Kwan Kim
Former Deputy commander, ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Commander, Ground Component Command