The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies is pleased to announce the fourth year of the Undergraduate Fellows Program, aimed at students who are involved in the study of Korea and interested in active participation in the university's Korean Studies program. The Kim Program will recruit up to five (5) Undergraduate Fellows for the 2019–2020 academic year. Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic merits and demonstrated interest in Korean Studies.

Undergraduate Fellows benefits include:

  • Advising the Kim Program on speaker invitations
  • Invitations to meetings with guest speakers
  • Consulting Kim Program-affiliated faculty on Korean Studies-related research projects
  • Competitive advantages for future Kim Program funding opportunities
  • Invitation to Kim Program Undergraduate Fellow lunch with program director once a semester
  • Award of $2,000 (disbursed in April 2020) upon satisfaction of all requirements as outlined below

Undergraduate Fellows Requirements include:

  • Completion (for credit) of at least one non-language Korean Studies course per semester, subject to approval by the Kim Program
  • Attendance at least two Kim Program lectures each semester, and completion of a short one-page response to be highlighted on the Kim Program website
  • Assisting with at least one Kim Program event under the Associate Director's supervision
  • Publicizing various Korean Studies courses and events at Penn in the student community

If the fellow fails to complete the requirements of the fellowship, the Kim Program maintains the right to annul the fellowship.

To apply, please email the following material as a single PDF by 3:00 p.m. of Thursday, February 28, 2019 to Michelle Silverio <>:

  • Resume with contact information, major(s), and expected date of graduation
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A short (one page maximum) personal statement that explains the applicant's interest in Korea and goals as a fellow
  • One faculty letter of recommendation

Kim Program Undergraduate Fellowship Information 2019