Koret Fellowship in Korea Studies

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

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 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.


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

Applications for the Koret fellowship are currently closed.

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

Former Fellows

2021-22 (fall quarter)
Ho-Ki Kim
Current Institution: Yonsei University
Victor D. Cha
  • Watch our March 2020 video Q&A with Cha about the deadlock in the diplomacy of denuclearization and the future of engagement with the North.
Robert R. King

Andray Abrahamian
Current Institution: U.S. Department of State
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