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Korean Language Training Fellowship


The Korea Foundation provides foreign scholars and graduate students of Korean studies and those working in Korea-related fields abroad with an opportunity to learn Korean systematically in a Korean language immersion program at Korean universities.


Those involved in Korea-related research or work in the fields of humanities, social sciences, arts and culture and meet the following profiles may apply for the program. Applicants must be able to understand and speak basic-level Korean at least.

(1) Undergraduates
- Undergraduate students with a major or minor in Korean studies (or Korean language) in Southeast Asia, Central Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America      
* In the case of students at a university without a master's degree course in Korean language or Korean studies in regions not mentioned above, junior or senior students who have attended eight or more courses on Korea-related subjects are also eligible to apply.
(2) Master's/Doctoral candidates:
- Graduate students pursuing a major or minor in Korea-related fields with a detailed research plan on a Korea-related topic
(3) University professors, lecturers and researchers:
- University professors, lecturers and researchers involved in Korea-related education and research, and teach Korean as a subject of higher education
(4) Professionals:
- Professionals engaged in Korea-related activities in the fields of arts and culture   (e.g.) Korean art curators at prominent museums abroad, Korean studies librarians at overseas university libraries, journalists specialized in Korean affairs, etc.
(5) Former KF Diplomat Fellows:
- Diplomats who previously participated in the KF Korean Language and Culture Program for Diplomats and wish to enhance their Korean proficiency (the number of fellowship awards for diplomats to be determined separately)

※ Individuals corresponding to any of the following profiles are not eligible to apply:
- Korean citizens
- Those currently studying or conducting research in Korea
- Those planning to enroll in a degree program at a university in Korea
  (Fellowship recipients may not enroll in a degree program at a Korean university during the fellowship period.)
- Those who have received the KF Fellowship for Korean Language Training

Eligible Areas

Korean language training at a university in Korea

Number of Awards

Approximately 40 per year

Support Details

(1) Living expenses (monthly basis)
- Undergraduates, batchelor's/master's degree holders or individuals with less than three years of related career experience: KRW 1,000,000
- Doctoral candidates or individuals with at least three years of related career experience: KRW 1,200,000
(2) Travel allowance: KRW 300,000 (one-time benefit)
(3) Tuition
(4) Health insurance (accident/medical care insurance provided by a Korean insurance company)

Fellowship Period

Six months
※ If fellowship recipients demonstrate outstanding results, the fellowship period may be extended for up to two three-month periods, adding up to a maximum total period of twelve months.


- The institution at which fellowship recipients are to receive language training will be selected by the Foundation, and fellowship recipients may start the training in either March or September. They may not defer enrollment to the following year.
- During the fellowship period, fellowship recipients may not receive concurrent support from another KF program or another institution.
- During the fellowship period, fellowship recipients may not engage in any type of profit-making or remunerative activity.

Responsibilities of Fellowship Recipients

- Fellowship recipients must progress one level higher for each term of study, and submit a report, using the Foundation's report form, before the expiration of the fellowship period.

How to Apply

Please refer to program announcements each year for further details.

Go to KF Application Portal