AAS Northeast Asia Council: Korean Studies Grants

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next deadline: Oct 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Feb 1, 2021 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher Working Professional PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Korea, Republic of

Location of residency: North America

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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NOTE: There are no spring/summer awards for research travel within North America. Applications for this grant category will only be accepted in the fall grant cycle due by Oct. 1.

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (NEAC), in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers a grant program in Korean studies designed to assist the research of individual scholars based in North America to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and pre-college levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines.

Grants are available in the following categories:

Research Travel - North America

  • Awards of up to $1,500, including a maximum of $200 for daily expenses are available to scholars who are based in North America and are engaged in research on Korea and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the United States and Canada.

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  •  Awards of up to $5,000 are available for North American-based scholars to cover travel expenses on trips to Korea or other sites outside North America for projects explicitly related to Korean studies that can be accomplished in a relatively short period.
  • Justification for why research outside North America/in Korea is required to do this research must be provided.
  • These grants are intended for use by scholars who are already familiar with Korea and with their topic, but who need time outside North America in order to complete their work. 

Workshops and Conferences

  • Partial support, generally up to $5,000, for organizing conferences on Korea and held in North America, including support for planning meetings for larger conferences funded from other sources. Applicants must furnish detailed budgets showing travel expenses and daily costs, along with names and curriculum vitae of key personnel.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only one Korea grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period. 
  • Graduate student applicants in any grant category (where eligible) must provide an advisor recommendation letter—sent directly to the AAS by the advisor—in order to be considered for grant funding.
  • Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Only economy airfare is allowed.
  • Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past three years.
  • Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to finalize a project. 

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants for categories on "Research Travel - North America" and "Short-term Research Travel Outside North America" must be current AAS members.


  • Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
  • While we strongly suggest that applicants apply to other internal or external grants to help supplement their NEAC-funded projects, please be advised that multiple grants cannot pay for the same project expense items.
  • NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. 
  • NEAC grant funds are not intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. 
  • NEAC research travel grant funding is also not intended for partial funding of long-term research, and these applications will not be considered. 
  • Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement.