American Grant Programs


Fulbright awards for Americans in Korea are available to students, scholars and professionals. Applicants in all three categories are eligible for research awards. Students may also apply for independent study or English Teaching Assistantship awards while scholars and professionals with appropriate credentials may apply for full or part-time lecturing in a variety of fields of study. The proposals submitted by applicants for all the Fulbright awards offered by KAEC, whether for research or other activities, must be relevant to one of the two project areas described in an earlier section of this brochure promoting Korea studies in the U.S. or American studies in Korea.


Scholar Awards


Fulbright awards for Americans in Korea are available to scholars and professionals for both lecturing and research activities. Scholars and professionals with appropriate credentials may apply for full or part-time lecturing in a variety of fields of study. Proposals submitted by applicants for Fulbright scholar, lecturer, and researcher awards offered by KAEC must be relevant to one of the two designated project areas, American Studies in Korea or Korean Studies. Pure research proposals should focus on Korean Studies or cross-cultural issues.


Student Awards


Fulbright awards for Americans in Korea are available to students with degrees in a variety of undergraduate fields or to students who enrolled in a graduate school program seeking independent study. Proposals submitted by applicants for Fulbright student research awards offered by KAEC must be relevant to Korean Studies or cross-cultural issues.


English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program


The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship ( ETA ) program places American college graduates as teachers in elementary, middle and high school English classrooms in Korean schools. Beginning in 1992 with just eight grantees, the program now brings about 90 Americans to Korea each year. The Korean Ministry of Education is particularly supportive of the ETA program for stressing the importance of placing native English speaking teachers outside the capital in the less developed areas of Korea.  ETAs in return feel that their efforts have more meaning outside of Seoul in areas where the people are not yet accustomed to seeing foreigners on a daily basis. Several ETAs have remained in Korea or opted to return in order to teach at Korean universities, work for international firms or enroll in Korean graduate schools. Many attend U.S. graduate schools for study in international relations or Korean studies, and all have found that, as one former ETA said, “You never get Korea out of you.”


Internatonal Education Administrator Awards


The International Education Administrator Program was founded to provide more in-depth experience and knowledge of Korean education to American international educators. Each year four American international educators are selected for a two-week intensive academic exploration of Korea preceded by attendance at NAFSA where they meet their KIEA counterparts.


The Institute of International Education (IIE), which is located in New York , is responsible for handling applications from Americans for Fulbright student awards. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), which is located in Washington, D.C., currently handles applications from Americans pursuing academic or professional careers who are interested in Fulbright lecturing or research awards. Both of these organizations publish an awards brochure each year which provides relevant details on the Fulbright awards available in Korea and other countries. Anyone interested in applying for a Fulbright award should write to either IIE or CIES, as appropriate, for further information and application forms.


KAEC does not accept applications from Americans directly. Full applications are available from IIE (www.iie.org) and CIES (www.iie.org/cies) , depending on award category.



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