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Seeking Applicants: 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies

CFR's New York Office

October 8, 2012

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Are you a mid-career scholar or professional interested in spending time and working on research in Seoul, South Korea? Do you have an interest in U.S.-South Korea relations? Do you know someone who does? If so, you should consider CFR’s 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea (IAF-SK), sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

What is the mission of the IAF-SK? The IAF-SK seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and South Korea. It does so by expanding cultural exchange and enhancing communication between both countries on global issues. The program assists mid-career scholars and professionals from the public and private sectors to advance their analytic capabilities and broaden their foreign policy experience in South Korea.

What are the eligibility requirements? The IAF-SK is only open to U.S. citizens. Applicants do not have to be Korea specialists, and knowledge of the Korean language is not a requirement. While a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy.

Does the fellowship provide a stipend? The program awards a stipend which covers living expenses in Seoul, South Korea plus international travel and necessary research expenses. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

What is the duration of the fellowship? The duration of the fellowship is between four and twelve months.

How many fellowships will be awarded? CFR awards two to three fellowships annually.

How do I apply? If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact or 212.434.9740 as soon as possible. Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements must submit an application form, a CV, and a proposal (as specified in the application form) to Each applicant should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent assessing the policy relevance of his/her proposed project and qualifications for carrying it out. The letters of recommendation must also be submitted to Materials and letters submitted to other CFR addresses will not be read, acknowledged, returned, or forwarded.