The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies is pleased to provide affiliation to individuals seeking to perform research on a topic related to Korean Studies. Residencies generally last 6-12 months. We will consider renewals in exceptional circumstances. During the residency, the Kim Program provides affiliates with access to the University of Pennsylvania academic community and the extensive library system. The Kim Program offers three forms of affiliation: (1) Visiting Scholars, (2) Research Associates, and (3) Visiting Fellows.

  1. Visiting Scholar Eligibility and Expectations
    Visiting Scholars are expected to:
    1. Hold a tenure-stream position at an academic institution
    2. Reside in the Philadelphia area for the duration of the residency
    3. Actively participate in Kim Program events, especially in attendance at speaker events
    4. Give one (1) required guest lecture in either English or Korean
    5. Pay an administrative processing fee of $5,000* required (payable in check upon arrival at Penn)
  2. Research Associate Eligibility and Expectations
    Research Associates are expected to:
    1. Hold a Ph.D. or a terminal graduate or professional degree from an accredited institution
    2. Pay an administrative processing fee of $2,000* required (payable in check upon arrival at Penn)
  3. Visiting Fellow Eligibility and Expectations
    Visiting Fellows are expected to:
    1. Hold a prominent position within the fields of government, research, civics, business, politics, media, or activism
    2. Pay an administrative processing fee of $7,000* required (payable in check upon arrival at Penn)

    * Visiting affiliates seeking yearly renewal are also subject to respective administrative processing fees. Interested individuals should follow the application procedure below.

Required Application Materials

  1. A cover letter, addressed to the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, clearly stating the form of affiliation sought (Visiting Scholar, Research Associate, or Visiting Fellow).
  2. Curriculum vitae with the following information included:
    1. Home and business addresses.
    2. Phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
    3. Date and place of birth.
    4. Complete list of publications and professional activities.
  3. Research proposal outlining the research that will be performed. The proposal should be no longer than three pages, and include the name of the Penn faculty member with whom you wish to work.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial support from your personal funds, financial institution, or outside organization.

Funding requirements can be found here on the Penn Global ISSS website:

  1. Proof of English language proficiency, by use of one of several established “objective measurements” set forth by Penn Global: If no such documentation is available, we may ask to conduct an interview to determine English proficiency. The interview will be conducted by a certified Oral Proficiency Interviewer.
  2. A copy of unexpired passport, showing the picture, passport number, and expiration date.
  3. A one-time, non-refundable processing fee of $300 (to be credited toward the full processing fee). A scanned receipt of the wire transfer should be included as part of the application package. Please see the bottom of this page for wire directions.

Additional Information

Application Deadline

Applicants are advised to submit their applications at least four months prior to the intended entry date.

Desk and Office Space

Desk and office space cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Every affiliate and all accompanying dependents must have health insurance coverage that meets the standards of the University of Pennsylvania. Health insurance coverage guidelines can be found on the Penn Global ISSS website:

Wire Information

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

For Domestic Wires and ACH’s
ABA Routing #: 121-000-248

For International Wires:
CHIPS: 0407

Account Name: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Account# 2000018692644
Reference: 0181 (James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies)