The Korea Institute at Harvard University is accepting applications for the Soon Young Kim Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for Academic Year 2017-2018

November 1, 2016

The Soon Young Kim Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies at the Korea Institute, Harvard University for Academic Year 2017-2018

The Korea Institute at Harvard University is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2017-18 academic year. This Fellowship is open to all fields of study in KOREAN STUDIES and time period. However, preference may be given to scholars working on Korean historical topics related to the following areas: business, science and technology, military, and the environment. The fellow is expected to participate actively in related activities of Harvard and the Korean Studies community, and to teach one or two undergraduate courses in the appropriate academic department. We particularly welcome course proposals on original topics with innovative teaching approaches. 

The Fellowship Grant:  The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018, and will carry a stipend of $50,000 (with an understanding that the fellowship recipient shall purchase her/his own health insurance.) The recipient will have the option to purchase health insurance from Harvard’s affiliate insurance program should s/he choose. ( The postdoctoral fellow will be provided an office and access to libraries and resources of Harvard University, and will be invited to participate in the academic life of the Korea Institute and appropriate academic department/s.

Responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Fellow: The fellow will be expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area during the appointment and to work on revising his or her dissertation for publication. The fellow will also be expected to:

1.         teach or collaborate on one or two one-semester classes for undergraduates

2.         give a public presentation at the Korea Colloquium or Kim Koo Forum seminar series.  

Eligibility: Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (i.e. in 2012 or later). The applicant who is offered a fellowship must have fully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2017.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received via email by the Korea Institute by Thursday, January 5, 2017, by 5pm EST

Soon Young Kim Post-Doctoral Application details and process may be found on our website:

Further inquiries should be directed to:

Catherine Glover, Fellowships Coordinator,
Korea Institute, Harvard University, Room S241, CGIS South
1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138 USA