Northeast Asia Council Korean Studies Grants

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 precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines.

Please read all requirements and instructions below carefully before preparing a grant application.

Types of Grants Available
Research Travel within 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, are engaged in research on Korea, and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the United States and Canada.
  • Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement.
  • 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.
  • If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the “Before You Apply” section below. 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. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to finalize a project.
  • Only economy airfare is allowed.
  • Applications for this grant category will only be accepted in the fall grant cycle and must be received in the AAS office by October 1.
  • Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.
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.
  • Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement.
  • 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.
  • If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the “Before You Apply” section below. NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects.
  • 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.
  • NEAC grant funds are not intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to finalize a project.
  • NEAC research travel grant funding is also not intended for partial funding of long-term research, and these applications will not be considered.
  • Only economy airfare is allowed.
  • Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.
Workshops and Conferences
  • Travel to conferences, including the AAS annual conference, is ineligible for funding.
  • 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 and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized, along with names and curriculum vitae of key personnel.
Before You Apply
  • Applicants must be current AAS members.
  • If you need to apply for or renew your AAS membership, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend.
  • Only one Korea grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period. Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
  • 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.
  • Any applicant’s research project that requires IRB or similar approval by law or institutional practice should receive this approval from the applicant’s institution or sponsoring organization prior to conducting the research for which this NEAC grant application is made. NEAC (or the AAS by extension) bears no responsibility or liability for awarding any NEAC Research Travel Grant for projects where this IRB approval should have been secured.
  • 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.

The following are additional questions to guide you in your proposal writing. They are based on the criteria NEAC uses to evaluate proposals:

NEAC Travel Grants

  1. Does your proposal clearly articulate a project that makes a strong intellectual contribution to the field of Korean Studies?
  2. Is this an original idea/research project? Or does it merely revisit established scholarship?
  3. Are the necessary methodologies clearly described?
  4. Do you have the skills (including language ability) to complete your proposed travel grant research? If not, how do you plan to conduct your research (in Korean)?
  5. Does your proposal describe a project that needs a travel grant? Are you utilizing source materials that you cannot obtain at your home universities or online? Please explain your need to travel to specific archives or field sites.
  6. Do you specifically describe how you will use the travel grant? For example, do you list particular archives, events, places to visit, and people to interview? Have you received permission to use the resources you describe?
  7. Can you accomplish your goals within the timeframe of the NEAC grant?
  8. NEAC grants are intended to provide short-term project funding to get something specific completed instead of doing discovery work or long-term research. Does your project meet this requirement? Examples include but are not limited to completing a book, a chapter in an otherwise completed book, and an article; conducting follow-up interviewees, filling in missing information, and updating a datasets.
  9. Do you have access to other financial resources to fund/help fund this project?
  10. Does your institution have limited resources or limited funding for research and/or does your present academic appointment lack research funding?
  11. Is your budget reasonable? An inflated budget will not disqualify an applicant, but may result in a lower amount being awarded than requested.
  12. Please double check that your application follows the NEAC grant criteria and guidelines posted on the AAS website. Are all parts of your application complete? If you are a graduate student, did you provide a letter from your advisor?

For guidance in preparing your NEAC Korean Studies travel grant application, please see this successful proposal from a prior round of funding.

NEAC Conference (Workshop/Seminar) Grants

In general, NEAC often considers 1) how well planned the conference is, 2) whether it focuses on central questions and issues important to the field, 3) how significant its impact on the field or institution will be (i.e., will it benefit only a small group of people or would it have broader pedagogical or research value, and/or encourage the establishment of Korean Studies programs), and 4) if it has other sources of funding.

  1. Does the proposed conference make a strong intellectual contribution to the field of Korean Studies? How does the exchange of ideas contribute new knowledge, research, or pedagogies? Why is it necessary for scholars to get together to discuss this topic or issue?
  2. How will the conference enrich scholars outside the conference? Or is it limited to a small or closed group? For example, will it result in new pedagogies, resources, or publications? (This is not required, but recommended.)
  3. Is the format of the conference clear?
  4. Does the application list all invited participants (NEAC understands that all participants may not be confirmed by the time of application)? How were the participants selected?
  5. Does the conference have a strong need for funding? Or would NEAC funds be supplemental?
  6. Are the organizer(s), keynoter (if applicable), and principal participants C.V.s and other supporting materials provided?
  7. Is the budget reasonable? An inflated budget will not disqualify an applicant, but may result in a lower amount being awarded than requested. Conference and workshop grant applicants must prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized.
  8. Please double check that your application follows the NEAC grant criteria and guidelines posted on the AAS website. Are all parts of your application complete? 

For guidance in preparing your NEAC Korean Studies conference/workshop grant proposal, please see this example of a successful grant application from a prior round of funding.

How to Apply

Prepare one Word file that includes:
(a) A project statement, not to exceed 1,000 words. The project statement must describe the topic of this project and the role that NEAC support will play in enabling the project’s completion. For research travel applications, the project statement should indicate the specific research or professional activities you will be engaged in, what archives, libraries, or other research facilities you intend to use, your tentative itinerary and a schedule of expected completion of project and/or publication. Please also indicate: Is this your first trip to the planned research site or a follow-up trip to collect information not obtained on an earlier visit? Is this particular research trip crucial to completion of your project? Why?
(b) A budget statement, delineated by type of expense. Please list all other sources and amounts of support you have obtained for this project as well as all pending applications for support. All applicants must seek additional support. Conference & workshop grant applicants must prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized.
(c) A current Curriculum Vitae not exceeding two pages for the applicant. NOTE: For conferences or workshops, you must also provide similar short CVs for the conference organizer and any keynoters or principal participants.

Complete the NEAC Korean studies grant application form, attaching the Word file where indicated.

Graduate students: request that your primary advisor prepare a letter of recommendation. Advisors must send their recommendation letters directly to the AAS (grants@asianstudies.org) as an email attachment. Letters must be in PDF format on university letterhead and arrive no later than the application deadline. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

Important Dates
  • All grant applications and advisor letters must be submitted by 5:00pm Eastern Time on February 1 (for spring/summer awards) or October 1 (for fall/winter awards). There are no spring/summer awards for research travel within North America.
  • Notification of awards will be made in late November for the fall/winter awards and late April for the spring/summer awards.
  • To facilitate the review and notification process, all travel and/or conference projects must begin after the relevant grant cycle, i.e., after December 1 for the fall submission date, and after May 1 for the spring deadline.
  • All projects must be completed within one year of award.
  • Submission of a NEAC grant report and all applicable forms is required within 30-60 days of project/research travel completion, depending on the category of grant award.
  • NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for eligible expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact grants@asianstudies.org.

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