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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies

The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is now accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow (with the title of Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs) in academic year 2021-22. This fellowship is open to scholars in the social sciences focusing on a Korea-related research topic.

The Fellowship:

The postdoctoral fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022 and provide a stipend of $54,000. The postdoctoral fellow is responsible for ensuring they (and all of their dependents) have individual health insurance plans for the duration of the fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive office space, a personal computer, access to libraries, and other resources at the George Washington University. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be invited to participate in the academic life of GWIKS.

Fellowship Requirements:

  1. Reside in the metropolitan D.C. area during the period of the award;
  2. Work on revising their doctoral dissertation for publication as a monograph;
  3. Give a public lecture for the GWIKS Lecture Series during his or her appointment period;
  4. Help organize the postdoctoral fellow’s book manuscript workshop;
  5. Mentor GWIKS Undergraduate Research Fellows; and
  6. Participate in GWIKS events and related activities.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. in the social sciences (broadly construed, including areas of studies and interdisciplinary programs), and all untenured scholars are eligible to apply. The applicant who is awarded the fellowship must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. (dissertation deposited) by June 30, 2021.

Application Deadline:

The application must be submitted by Sunday, January 17, 2021 Eastern Time. We will provide the decision by mid-February, 2021.

Required Application Materials:

  • Most up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter explaining research project, teaching experience, and what the fellow plans to accomplish while in residence at GWIKS
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Writing Sample (max. 40 pages)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (emailed by referees directly to GWIKS: [email protected])


Please submit all documents in PDF format to [email protected]. Letters of recommendation should also be emailed directly to [email protected]. All application materials must be submitted by Sunday, January 17, 2021.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Questions regarding the position or the application to be addressed to:

Minhye Kim, Program Coordinator (Pronouns: she, her, hers)

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-994-2775

Institute for Korean Studies

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

1957 E St. NW Suite 503, Washington, DC 20052