Koret Fellowship in Korea Studies
Koret Fellowship in Korean Studies
Promoting research on contemporary Korean affairs and strengthening U.S.-Korea relations
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 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.
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.
Applications for the 2020-21 Koret Fellowship are now closed. Please check back in spring 2021 for updated information about next year's fellowship.
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:
Program Manager, Korea Program
Encina Hall E301
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
Meet Our Koret Fellows
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
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
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Current Institution: U.S. Department of State
- Learn about Abrahamian's book, Being in North Korea, which he wrote during his Koret fellowship.
- Watch Abrahamian in a conversation about his book.
- Watch our 2019 video interview with Abrahamian.
Former Senior National Security Advisor to President, Blue House
Current Institution: Yonsei University
Joon Nak Choi
Current Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Yeon cheon Oh
Former President, Seoul National University
Current Institution: Korea Economic Institute of America
Joon Seok Hong
Current Institution: Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
Former Ambassador to the EU
Current Institution: New York Times
Current Institution: POSCO
Byung Kwan Kim
Former Deputy commander, ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Commander, Ground Component Command