2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies

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Position Description

In 2010, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) launched the International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea (IAF-SK), sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The program seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and South Korea 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. CFR awards several fellowships annually.

Job Qualifications

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. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.

How To Apply

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). Each applicant should arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent assessing the policy relevance of the applicant’s proposed project as well as the applicant’s qualifications for carrying it out. All application materials must be submitted to fellowships@cfr.org by October 31.

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

For more information, please visit www.cfr.org/fellowships, or contact fellowships@cfr.org or 212.434.9740.