2014 Penn-in-Seoul Program
The Penn-in-Seoul program provides Penn undergraduates the opportunity to spend their summer in Seoul, South Korea, one of the most tech savvy and dynamic cities in the world. While in the program, students will enroll in East Asia: Past & Present (History 005) and at least 1 course at Seoul National University and may participate in a 4 week internships at a multinational corporation, a research center or think tank, or a government agency. Although we will make every attempt to match students with an internship provider, placement is not guaranteed. No previous knowledge of Korean is required to participate in the Penn-in-Seoul program, however, being fluent in Korean may be beneficial in the internship placement process. Depending on the internship, a Penn-in-Seoul particpant may have to apply for an appropriate visa. For those applicants interested in the internship segment, their resume should be e-mailed directly to Penn Kim Program at <email@example.com>. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office for more information.
More information can be found at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/locations/abroad/seoul.
For Undergraduates: Majoring and Minoring in Korean Studies
There are two ways to engage in a systematic study of Korea at the University of Pennsylvania:
- Major in
- East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Korea
- East Asian Languages and Civilizations, with a concentration in Korea
- Minor in
- East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Korea
For more information on majoring and minoring in Korean Studies, please contact Dr. Frank L. Chance.
Current Course Offerings [Spring 2014, PDF File]
Registrar Information and East Asia Course Descriptions
For Graduate Students, click here.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships:
- James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies grants and scholarship
- James Joo-Jin Kim Graduate Fellowship in Korean Studies
The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award one (1) first-year Ph.D. student in SAS a full fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Covering first-year tuition, fees, stipend, and health insurance, this fellowship helps the Kim Program, as an interdisciplinary group, to recruit a deserving doctoral student in Korean studies to Penn. The following are the main criteria for selection:
1) academic excellence
2) central work in a recognized field of Korean studies
3) full departmental funding for student after the first year
Nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Kim Program. The graduate chair of each nominee's department must provide complete application materials as a PDF. A graduate chair making more than one nomination must rank the candidates. Deadline for nominations will be announced at at later date.
- Y. H. Park Fellowship in Korean Studies
The Y.H. Park Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a master student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea. Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees. They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. The Park Fellowship will provide funding of approximately $33,000 (sufficient to cover the cost of Reduced Ph.D. Tuition, a 12-month stipend and health insurance). In order to apply, student must first secure nomination by the head of his or her department/program. Each year, the deadline is usually in early May. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Education Karen Lawrence.
- Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships (2014-15)
The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn, funded by the Korea Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Applicants will apply simultaneously to the Korea Foundation and Penn. Selection by the university does not guarantee selection by the Korea Foundation, but Penn will advise the Korea Foundation of its selected candidate(s). Scholars must have received their Ph.D. on a subject related to Korea (in the humanities or social sciences) within 5 years of January 31, 2014 and cannot currently hold a regular faculty position. Confirmation of doctoral degree conferral will be required by July 1, 2014, and no exception will be allowed. South Korean nationals are eligible to apply only if they have permanent residency status in another country.
(1) Applicants must apply simultaneously to the Korea Foundation, and to the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies. The KF online application is available now until February 4, 2014. The application deadline for the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies is Monday, January 27, 2014. When submitting a complete application package to the Korea Foundation's website <https://apply.kf.or.kr/main.nkf>, please download your application as one PDF file and email it to Penn Kim Program <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Monday, January 27, 2014 (the three letters of recommendations are to be e-mailed directly by recommenders to <email@example.com>. The KF application package includes:
- a cover letter (this will be the "request");
- a completed KF application form;
- a c.v.; and
- a research proposal
(2) Upon receiving the application, the Kim Program will review it along with all others before notifying every applicant of our decision by the KF application deadline of February 4, 2014 (by which the requesters will also have to submitted their application packages to the foundation). We will notify the foundation and the applicants of our decision by that date. When submitting the application package to the foundation, the applicant will have to attach a copy of the request (i.e. the cover letter sent to the Kim Program).
(3) As soon as KF announces its decision by May 2014, the Kim program would like the requester to let us know whether or not (s)he will be coming to Penn.
The Kim Program will provide the Korea Foundation postdoctoral fellow with shared office space, library access, and the necessary practical and administrative assistance. The fellow will be required to:
-prepare publications as expected by tenure-track academic positions in the fellow's discipline;
-participation in academic activities of the Kim Program; and
The three letters of reference can either be e-mailed to Penn Kim Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to:
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Attention: Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania
642 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies
Endowed by an anonymous gift of 1.5 million dollars from Moon Family, this postdoctoral fellowship
will be available in a few years for recent Ph.D.s working in the field of Korean studies.
Penn-Seoul National University Korean Studies Doctoral Student Exchange Program
We are pleased to announce that Penn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Seoul National University (SNU)'s Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies recently signed an agreement to exchange Ph.D. students in Korean studies. In 2013, Penn James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will select one (1) doctoral student for participation in Penn-SNU Korean studies Ph.D. student exchange program. A nominee must be a doctroal student in a humanities or social science field who has completed coursework and is working on a dissertation focused on Korea. Hosted by the SNU Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies <http://kyujanggak.snu.ac.kr/kiks/index.do> during the period of affiliation (September 1, 2014–August 31, 2015), the student will still pay Penn any tuition or fees that (s)he may owe. The exchange student will be chosen on the basis of the competitively established merit of the proposals in light of resources offered by the partner university A completed application form and a letter from the academic advisor must be e-mailed to the Kim Program <email@example.com> by 5 pm, Friday, December 8, 2013. Nominating chairs and nominees will be notified of the decision by mid-December.
Please note that this agreement complements the existing undergraduate student exchange agreement between Penn SAS and SNU, as well as Penn-in-Seoul which, as a summer abroad program, sends a group of Penn undergraduates to Seoul for internships and SNU coursework. Since Penn and SNU began collaborating on Penn-in-Seoul in 2011, about 70 students have participated, including 18 taking part in this year's program.