Korea Institute Graduate Summer Research Travel Grants

Korea Institute Graduate Summer Research Travel Grants
Deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022, 5:00pm EST

Note for AY21-22: KI graduate summer research support will be for travel for your research/fieldwork. Please note that all support related to travel is contingent upon Harvard University guidelines and safety protocols before, during and after travel. Please see the following sites for the most up-to-date guidance: Harvard Travel Guidance and Harvard GSS COVID-19 travel advice.

The Korea Institute offers a limited number of Graduate Summer Research Travel Grants for summer 2022 for Harvard graduate degree candidates in the social sciences or humanities for summer research and/or fieldwork in Korea. Proposals from graduate students must relate to your doctoral or master’s theses. Ordinarily, the award covers the cost of travel and research-related expenses for the research project. In the case of graduate students, priority is given to doctoral candidates. Masters degree candidates are welcome to apply (RSEA Program included). Applicants must have at least three years of Korean language training or equivalent proficiency.
(Grant awards up to $7,000 with Covid associated costs.)



1. Please follow the CARAT instructions for the Korea Institute Graduate Summer Research Travel Grants, as well as the specific Korea Institute instructions below. The CARAT (online application system) link is: https://carat.fas.harvard.edu/

2. Please note the following instructions specific to the Korea Institute application and CARAT:

A) When filling out the online CARAT application, it is essential to provide information for these fields (do not leave blank):

  • G-Year, Degree, Department, and Citizenship. Be sure to indicate U.S. Permanent Residence.
  • Proposal Title (even if it says optional).
  • Research Title (even if tentative). 

B) On the BUDGET* page in CARAT, in addition to detailed expenses related to the summer research proposal, include the following:

  • Other sources of support including other summer grants applied for, and award amounts.
  • Summer stipend status from your department or GSAS, whether awarded or not. If awarded, enter the dollar amount in CARAT.
  • Specify the total amount requested from the Korea Institute and the duration (e.g., $4,000 for 3 months, June through August, include location/s).
  • Please include any anticipated expenses for travel preparations may be included, such as COVID-19 tests, visa applications, and quarantine costs.

Additional Notes:

  • Applicants must inform the Korea Institute of any other awards received after submitting this application.
  • Applicants must disclose their Summer Stipend status and funding award in detail on the CARAT Budget page. Applicants not receiving a Summer Stipend must indicate the reason. Including the summer stipend award letter with the application is optional but welcomed.

C) CURRENT RESUME/CV: The resume/CV should not exceed 2 pages.

D) TRANSCRIPT (unofficial or official): Unofficial transcripts may be printed from my.harvard, scanned as a PDF, and uploaded.

E) STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The Statement of Purpose should outline the research to be conducted, methodology, schedule, research sites, and necessity of summer research in Korea. Include a detailed travel itinerary including proposed dates and locations within Korea. The proposal should be detailed but brief, c. 2-4 pages.

NOTE: Research proposals involving human subjects (interviews, written surveys, observations, etc.), must be submitted to the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research well in advance of the proposed research dates. For more information on how to prepare and submit your human subjects research application, please visit the CUHS website. The Committee may also be reached at 617-496-2847 or cuhs@harvard.edu. CUHS approval is not required at the time of your KI grant application submission.

F) TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Recommendation letters may be uploaded and submitted directly by faculty into CARAT or emailed to the KI Coordinator, Catherine Glover by the deadline (PDF format). Recommenders should indicate the name of the grant on their letter. One recommendation should be from the applicant’s current faculty dissertation/thesis advisor in the Korea field.

G) If the applicant has received previous funding from the Korea Institute, provide the grant name, year, and award amount. Be sure to complete this field on the CARAT Budget page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 11, 2022, 5:00pm EST

Announcement of awards: April 2022 (subject to change)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore
GSAS summer funding and all other resources that GSAS offers such as Hardship Funding and the GSAS Emergency Support Initiative.

If you are experiencing online CARAT technical difficulties (e.g., receive error messages, find yourself unable to submit an application despite having passed all validation checks), please email HUIT Support at ithelp@harvard.edu or call 617-495-7777, well before the deadline.

KI Contact Info: Catherine Glover, cglover@fas.harvard.edu