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

Fellowship Applications

The application period for the 2019-20 Koret Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in spring quarter 2020 for information about applications for the 2020-21 academic year.

About the Koret Fellowship

Logo of the Koret FoundationThe 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.

 

Publication Spotlight

Proceedings of the ninth annual Koret Workshop, published as a special section in the July/August 2019 issue of the journal Asian Survey, provide a new framework in both social discourse and policy to better understand the varied complexities of Korea’s increasingly diverse migrants.

Application Process

The application period for the 2019-20 Koret Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in spring 2020 for information about applications for the 2020-21 academic year.
 

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 Fellows

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Robert R. King

Koret Fellow, 2019-20 (Fall Quarter)
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Robert R. King

Koret Fellow, 2019-20 (Fall Quarter)
Senior Adviser, Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies
Former special envoy for North Korean human rights Issues at the U.S. Department of State
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Victor Cha

Koret Fellow, 2019-20 (Winter Quarter)
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Victor Cha

Koret Fellow, 2019-20 (Winter Quarter)
D.S. Song-KF Professor in Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University
Senior Adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies

Former Fellows

 
2018-19
Andray Abrahamian

2017-18 
Kyo-hyun Kim 
Former Senior National Security Advisor to President, Blue House
 
2016-17
Rennie Moon
Current Institution: Yonsei University
 
2015-16
Joon Nak Choi
 
2014-15
Yeon cheon Oh
Former President, Seoul National University
 
2013-14
Kathleen Stephens
 
2012-13
Joon Seok Hong
Current Institution: Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
 
2011-12
Joon-woo Park
Former Ambassador to the EU
 
2010-11
Sang-Hun Choe
Current Institution: New York Times
 
2009-10
Byongwon Bahk
Current Institution: POSCO
 
2008-09
Byung Kwan Kim
Former Deputy commander, ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Commander, Ground Component Command