• Introducing Our New Associate Director

    The Kim Program is proud to introduce our new Associate Director, Samantha Koo.

  • Matthew Kelemen (C ’17) Wins One of Three Fulbright Awards to Pursue a Master's Degree in Korean Studies

    We are proud to announce that Matthew Kelemen, an active member of the undergraduate Korean Studies community at Penn, has been awarded an extremely competitive Fulbright grant to pursue a graduate degree in Korean Studies from a Korean university. To learn more about this grant, visit the Fulbright website here.

  • Introducing the 2017-18 Undergraduate Fellows

    Join us in congratulating our newly selected Undergraduate Fellows for 2017–2018! We are excited to have these five students join us in fostering an active spirit of undergraduate participation in the Korean studies community at Penn.

  • Nuri Kim Named 2017–18 Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellow

    The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce Nuri Kim as the 2017–18 Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies. Mr. Kim was selected out of a highly competitive pool of applicants, and will join us in residence at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2017–18 academic year.

  • Stephanie Felt (C '17) Wins Competitive Fulbright ETA to South Korea

    We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Felt, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in English, has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to South Korea. She will be spending the next year in South Korea, teaching English at either a primary or secondary school. Hear from Stephanie, in her own words, on why she applied for the Fulbright ETA, and join us in congratulating her on this achievement!

  • 2017–2018 Korean Studies Grant Recipients

    Congratulations to the members of the Penn community who have been selected for a 2017–2018 Kim Program in Korean Studies grant.

  • Earn $2,000 as an Undergraduate Fellow!

    Undergraduate students interested in Korean Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2017–2018 Korean Studies Undergraduate Fellowship. The Kim Program in Korean Studies will recruit up to five (5) Undergraduate Fellows, who will be selected on the basis of academic merits and demonstrated interest in Korean Studies.

    Undergraduate Fellows benefits include:

  • John Grisafi Named 2017 Dean's Scholar

    John Grisafi, Kim Program Undergraduate Fellow for 2016– 2017, has been named one of the 10 Undergraduate Dean's Scholars for 2017.  Students are nominated by faculty from among those with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

    A full list of honorees appears below.

    The 2017 Dean's Scholars are:


  • Funding Opportunities Available

    The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities.

  • Ph.D. Student Exchange Program

    For academic year 201718, the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will select one (1) School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) doctoral student for participation in the Penn-Seoul National University Korean studies Ph.D. student exchange. A nominee must be a doctoral student in a humanities or social science field who has completed coursework and is working on a dissertation focused on Korea.