The Nam Center for Korean Studies provides competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students conducting research related to Korean studies. All U-M students who are currently enrolled are eligible to apply. Fellowship awards vary in size and range depending on the applicant's merit and fund availability.
Nam Center for Korean Studies
November 30, 2012
The Summer in Korea Scholarship provides two annual awards to support travel to Korea to attend Yonsei International Summer School. Recipients must take at least one language course in addition to subject courses. The fellowship covers full tuition, dormitory charges, and application and program fees. In addition, it covers airfare up to $1,700.
Applicants must be a University of Michigan undergraduate studying Korean Studies or a Korea-related field. Preference will be given to students planning to write their senior thesis on Korea.
February 15, 2013
Applicants must submit:
1. Application form
2. One letter of recommendation from an academic reference
3. One page statement of purpose
Send all application materials to:
Nam Center for Korean Studies
Suite 4661, School of Social Work Building
1080 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
E-mail materials to email@example.com
(Letter of recommendation must be e-mailed to the Nam Center directly from your referee. Please note the referee's name in your application.)
Nam Center for Korean Studies
November 28, 2012
The Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan announced the inauguration of the Sang-Yong Nam Award in Korean Studies in February 2012. Once a year, the Nam Center honors one graduating senior or recent graduate of the University of Michigan whose academic achievement, citizenship, service to the community, and commitment to Korean Studies exemplify the values to which Sang Y. Nam dedicated his life. The award comes with a $3,000 cash prize. To be eligible, the candidate must have taken at least one course on Korea at U-M or a Korean language class and have a minimum GPA of 3.3.
How to Apply:
Nominations must be made by a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan and be accompanied by a nomination letter that highlights how the nominee has pursued the Desire, Dream, Drive, and Determination (four Ds by Elder Sang-Yong Nam) in making a difference in the four areas of scholarship: achievement, citizenship, service to community, and commitment to Korean Studies.
- Personal statement
- Transcript and curriculum vitae
- Nomination letter
* Email nomination letter is acceptable.
Deadline: February 15, 2013
More about Elder Sang-Yong Nam:
A native of Daejeon, Korea, Nam grew up in a war-torn country where he nurtured the dream of rebuilding Korea’s ravaged physical environment. After studying architecture at Seoul National University, he moved to the United States, received a master’s degree in City Planning in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and worked as a senior city planner for Washtenaw County Metropolitan Planning Commission for 13 years. With a relentless drive, he built a successful business and became an active and integral member of its university and community life. He was a member of the Korean Church of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, the U-M Haven Presidential Society and director of the Nam Family Foundation. He served as an adviser to The National Unification Advisory Council and as an adjunct professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China and received an honorary doctorate degree from Chung-Ang University in Korea. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2002 and the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Nam’s desire to support the cause of education took him to places as distant as Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China and as close to home as Ann Arbor Korean School, but his singular passion was the Korean Studies program at the University of Michigan. His indefatigable determination ultimately led to the naming of the Nam Center for Korean Studies in 2010. Desire, dream, drive, and determination—the “four D’s” that marked Sang-Yong Nam’s remarkable life until his passing in 2011—now comprise a legacy that continues to inspire young people in Ann Arbor and beyond.
The Nam Center for Korean Studies provides conference travel support for U-M students specializing in Korean studies who present papers at conferences in the United States or overseas. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the travel date. Learn more.
The Nam Center for Korean Studies provides research fellowships for U-M students conducting research related to Korean Studies. Fellowships may be used for research-related travel to Korea, research travel to domestic archives, libraries and museums, expenses for data gathering, participation in academic workshops and meetings, or any other research-related expenses. Learn more.
The Korea Foundation Graduate Fellowships are awarded to incoming graduate students at the University of Michigan who plan to focus their graduate work on Korea. The Nam Center will help recruit outstanding students to the university. Students must be nominated by U-M departments or schools in order to be considered. Fellowship awards up to $50,000 will be given to two eligible incoming students in Korean Studies. Learn more.
Two to three awards of varying amounts are available to support undergraduate and graduate students' research travel, research work, fieldwork, or attendance at an academic conference related to Korean Studies . Learn more.
The Nam Center for Korean Studies offers travel grant funding to faculty who present papers at conferences in the United States or overseas. Applications must normally be submitted at least six weeks prior to the travel date. Learn more.
A Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. Learn more.
The International Institute and its centers provide more than $3 million each year to support international research and study. This funding includes fellowships and grants for faculty and student research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages. Learn more.
The University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 travel grants for scholars of Korea to use the University of Michigan Asia Library.
Asia Library Travel Grants
The Nam Center for Korean Studies will award two grants on a competitive basis to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library. The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with the University and International Institute's travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel.
The Asia Library collection includes over 770,000 volumes of print materials and a comprehensive collection of electronic resources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Further information about the library is available at http://www.lib.umich.edu/asia-library or by contacting Yunah Sung, Korean Studies Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library.
Up to $700 per trip.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Applicants must submit the following by email to email@example.com:
- An application letter
- A brief statement (not to exceed 250 words) describing their research and the need to use the Asia Library collection
- A list of sources they would like to access (applicants must check availability of these sources in the Library's online catalog before submitting applications)
- A current curriculum vita
- An estimated budget and proposed travel dates
The Nam Center for Korean Studies provides support to University of Michigan student organizations that are engaged in Korea-related educational events and activities. To be eligible, the student organization must provide a valid SOAS (Student Organization Accounts Service) shortcode. This application must be submitted to the Nam Center at least 8 weeks prior to the student organization event or activity in order to be considered for funding. The Nam Center will support a maximum of 2 events per academic year, typically for a maximum of $500 annually. Any requests in excess of this will require exceptional deliberation and should be brought to the Center's attention as early as possible (a minimum of one full academic term before the event). If awarded, funding recipients must submit an activity summary that includes event proceedings and the number of participants 3 weeks after the event. Failure to report may render the organization ineligible for Center support in the following academic year.
Required application attachments:
1. Itemized event budget
2. Event description (less than one page)
Required post-event documents
1. Activity summary
2. 10-20 Photos
3. Document submission contact person information
The application can be downloaded here. It must be submitted in person to:
Nam Center for Korean Studies
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 4661
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
The Nam Center for Korean Studies Undergraduate Fellowship Program seeks to stimulate and support undergraduate students' interest in exploring various topics about Korea. The Fellows Program welcomes U-M undergraduate students who are invested in studies on Korea, interested in cultivating the Nam Center Fellows community, and committed to become an active member of the Nam Center for Korean Studies. A few highlights of the fellowship include: conducting research on Korea, presenting research papers at U-M USC Undergraduate Fellows Conference, and acting as liaisons between the Nam Center and the campus community.
The fellowship is conferred upon the fellow’s fulfillment of the fellowship requirements. If the fellow fails to abide by the conditions of the fellowship, the Nam Center has the right to annul the fellowship. Please see below for more detailed information on the benefits and requirements of the Nam Center Undergraduate Fellows Program
Fellows Program benefits include:
- Participation in the annual U-M USC Undergraduate Fellows Conference (Conference site alternates between U-M and USC each year. This year’s conference will be held at U-M)
- Competitive advantages for Nam Center funding opportunities
- Invitation to attend meetings with distinguished scholars and VIPs'
- Recognition by the Nam Center community as student scholars committed to Korean Studies
Fellows Program requirements include:
- Fellows must volunteer for at least three Nam Center events per semester. Duties may include, but are not limited to event organizing, event setup & takedown, ushering, photo-taking, and video recording.
- Fellows must write a 15-page paper on issues related to Korea which they will present at the U-M USC Undergraduate Fellows Conference. Those who wish to opt out of writing the paper can instead volunteer at minimum five Nam Center events per semester to retain their fellowship.
- Fellows must write a 250-word article on one of the attended events per semester. Articles must be submitted within a month of the event.
How to apply:
If you are interested in being a fellow, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30, 2013.
- Resume (please include your UMID, uniqname, address, and phone number)
- A Statement of purpose that explains why you are a good candidate for the Undergraduate Fellows Program (less than 3 pages).
For questions or more information, contact:
Do-Hee Morsman, Center Administrator
734.764.1825 | email@example.com