If you need more time finishing your thesis in Chinese Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the CCK grant for PhDs in their last year and postdocs could be of interest.
Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are completing the last year of their Ph.D. research at an accredited university in Europe may apply for fellowships for the completion of dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. For more information, please click here. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.
Junior scholars who are affiliated with an accredited university, who have received the Ph.D. degree within five years of the date of application, and who do not hold full-time salaried positions may apply for postdoctoral research fellowships. For more information, please click here.
The application deadline for both programs is January 15.
Pursuant to the Berlin state Act on the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Academic, Scientific and Artistic Fields (Gesetz zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses), scholarships are awarded for doctoral students as well as for the completion of dissertations (in the final stages) that are being written at one of the universities in Berlin.
Conditions for Receipt of Aid
Applicants must not have already received earlier public funding for the same project.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate performance that far exceeds the average, especially in their undergraduate degrees. There must be reason to expect that applicants’ academic projects will make a significant contribution to the body of research in the field. Applications must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s qualifications, a statement from his or her supervising professor, and a working plan that shows the reasons the student has chosen the particular topic, the status of preliminary work on the project, an outline of the research project, and a schedule for the implementation of the project.
There are two deadlines per year, one in April and one in November. The office will announce the exact deadlines (cutoff dates).
Successful applicants begin receiving funding on either April, 1 or July, 1.
Scope of Aid
The base scholarship is 1000 euros per month, plus a lump-sum allowance of 103 euros for the costs of materials. It is possible to be granted special allowances for travel costs. Each student is required to submit a report on his or her work and a statement from his or her academic supervisor at the end of the scholarship. Scholarships for completion of the dissertation are granted for a maximum of one year, without any possibility of extension. Grantees are required to devote the vast majority of their time and energy to the work for which they are receiving aid.
How Scholarships are Granted
Scholarships are granted based on the decisions made by the inter-university Commission for the Allocation of Doctoral Grants (Kommission zur Vergabe von Promotionsstipendien), whose members are appointed by the Senator for Education, Science, and Research.
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The KF Scholarship for Graduate Studies (GS) program aims to foster a new generation of Korean studies scholars by providing scholarship to students who are currently enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Korean studies.
> Students with non-Korean citizenship currently registered at a university
> Korean citizens with permanent residency status in other country
* Graduate students enrolled in natural science, medicine, engineering, MBA, law school, and translation and interpretation programs are not eligible to apply.
Number of Awards
Approximately 150 around the world per year
Master's or doctoral programs in Korean studies in about 30 countries around the world
> Applicants are categorized into six groups according to the country of their university, and the application and selection process is implemented by each group.
* Grouping is based on the country of applicants' current university rather than that of their citizenship.
|U.S. and Canada||Individual application|
|Group 2 (Europe)||U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, etc.||Individual application|
|Group 3 (Russia)||Russia||Agreement signed
and major universities
|Group 4 (Asia)||Japan, China, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia||Agreement signed by KF
and major universities
|Group 5 (Oceania)||Australia and New Zealand||Individual application|
|Group 6 (ASEAN)||Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Laos, etc.||Agreement signed by KF
and major universities
Tuition (Different by region/country in consideration of local tuition and price level)Fellowship Period
One yearFellowship Timeline
|Region||Application Period||Award Notification||Conclusion of Agreement & Disbursement|
|January ~ February||April||May ~ June|
|Group 2 (Europe)||March ~ April||July||August ~ September|
|Group 3 (Russia)||October ~ November||November||December|
|Group 4 (Asia)||The application period varies by country|
|Group 5 (Oceania)||October ~ November of preceding year||December of preceding year||Individual application|
|Group 6 (ASEAN)||The application period varies by country|
|Group||How to apply|
|Individual submission of applications via apply.kf.or.kr|
|Group 2 (Europe)||Individual submission of applications via apply.kf.or.kr|
|Group 3 (Russia)||Submission of applications via universities/institutions which have signed agreement with KF|
|Group 4 (Asia)||Submission of applications via universities/institutions which have signed agreement with KF|
|Group 5 (Oceania)||Individual submission of applications via apply.kf.or.kr|
|Group 6 (ASEAN)||Submission of applications via universities/institutions which have signed agreement with KF|
- Master's candidates are eligible to apply for funding for up to two years while doctoral candidates up to three years.
- Fellowship is not awarded if recipients do not reside in the country of their university during the fellowship period.
- Preference is given to applicants who are proficient in Korean so that they can use Korean primary sources for their study and research.
- Fellowship recipients may not hold concurrent fellowships from either the Foundation or other institution.
- Fellowship is valid only for the year as originally requested in their applications, and may not be deferred to the following year.
(1) Submission of a Report
Fellowship recipients are required to submit a report about their achievement within one month after the end of the fellowship period, using the KF's report form.
(2) Further Reporting Requirements
Upon obtaining their degrees, fellowship recipients are required to submit a copy of their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation to the Foundation. They are also required to inform the Foundation of their research achievements, major activities and any changes in their academic career.
Please refer to program announcements each year for further details at http://en.kf.or.kr/