The KF Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research (PF) is designed to support the full-time research of emerging scholars who have recently obtained a Ph.D. in a Korea-related research topic at a university or research institution located outside of Korea.


Scholars who have recently obtained or will soon hold a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, arts & cultural studies, or any other relevant field with a Korea-related research topic and fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have obtained a Ph.D. within the past five years from the start date of the fellowship period, OR Ph.D. candidates scheduled to receive their degree before the start of the fellowship period
  • Have not been awarded a university position equivalent to or exceeding that of a full-time lecturer, or a senior researcher position at a research institution  
  • Hold citizenship or permanent residency status in a country outside of Korea*

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