Korea Institute Summer Research Travel Grants

Deadline: February 8, 2021, 5pm EST

Please Note: For AY20-21, due to COVID-19, all programs and opportunities are subject to change and/or cancellation.

Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Grants are awarded to Harvard undergraduates in the humanities or social sciences for research and/or field work related to a senior honors thesis on a topic related to Korea/Korean studies. While travel is prohibited by the University due to COVID-19, the KI will fund remote summer research for Summer 2021. This program cannot fund travel, travel-related expenses, nor the hiring of research assistants. Proposals for remote research not related to a senior thesis are not eligible for this program.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and have completed at least two years of Korean language study or have comparable proficiency. In the case of exceptionally strong projects, more limited language background may be considered. It is important that applicants begin drafting research proposals early, in close consultation with their thesis advisor(s). Applicants should provide their recommenders a copy of their proposal before letters of recommendation are written.

Use the online CARAT system to apply to the Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Grants via:
https://carat.fas.harvard.edu/ This grant is listed under Korea Institute-Summer Research Grants.

The CARAT application also requires a resume, unofficial transcript from my.harvard, statement of purpose, and two recommendation letters. Recommendation letters may be uploaded and submitted directly into CARAT by faculty recommenders or emailed to the KI Coordinator Catherine Glover (
cglover@fas.harvard.edu) by the deadline. Letters written by faculty are preferred.


Application Instructions:

Fill out all of the CARAT pages, including the online CARAT budget. Documents to be uploaded:

- Current one-page resume.

- Proposal (up to 750 words) outlining the project and the rationale.

- Current Unofficial Transcript (PDF). Unofficial transcripts may be printed from my.harvard, scanned as a PDF, and uploaded.

- Letters of Recommendation: Two recommendation letters (PDF format) may be uploaded and submitted directly by recommenders to CARAT or emailed to the KI Coordinator Catherine Glover (cglover@fas.harvard.edu) by the deadline, February 8, 2021 by 5:00pm EST. Recommendation letters should indicate the specific KI grant name (i.e. Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Grant).

Additional Application Considerations:

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing. You are ineligible to apply if you are on a Leave of Absence during Spring Term 2021.
  • Research proposals involving human subjects (interviews, written surveys, observations, etc.) must undergo a Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) review using the URTP (Undergraduate Research Training Program) Decision Form. The URTP Decision Form is a Qualtrics survey that will (a) guide applicants through the process to determine if IRB (Harvard University Institutional Review Board) review is required for the research proposal and (b) indicate if next steps are needed. Please visit the CUHS website portal for detailed information: URTP Undergraduate Research Training Program. The Committee may also be reached at 617-496-2847 or cuhs@harvard.edu. CUHS committee approval is not required at the time of your KI grant application submission. Applicants are urged to contact CUHS as soon as possible. It is recommended that students start this process very soon after submitting your KI grant application and keep the Korea Institute updated on any CUHS/IRB results.
  • Applicants must inform the Korea Institute of any other awards received after submitting this application.
  • NOTE: If you are experiencing 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


Harvard College Summer 2021 Funding Policy

Harvard College prioritizes the wide distribution of Summer funding to ensure that as many undergraduate students as possible can have a meaningful summer experience. For funded Summer 2021 experiences, students may only apply Harvard University funding to one Summer experience, regardless of duration of time (ex. only four weeks or a part-time effort). Co-funding between multiple sources of funding is permitted only if the funding jointly supports the same Summer experience. This includes students who accept the Harvard Summer School tuition waiver. Those students who accept the HSS waiver may not accept funding for a second Harvard Summer experience.

Exceptions to the Summer Funding Policy are uncommon and will be reviewed on an individual basis; students should make exception requests to their Resident Dean, who will forward on to the Office of Undergraduate Education. All exceptions will be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Failure to adhere to the Harvard College Summer funding policy may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council.