AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Korean Studies Grants

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The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (NEAC), in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers a grant program in Korean studies designed to assist the research of individual scholars based in North America to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines.

  • Applicants must be current AAS members
  • Only one Korea grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period. Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
  • Graduate student applicants in any grant category (where eligible) must provide an advisor recommendation letter—sent directly to the AAS by the advisor—in order to be considered for grant funding.
  • While we strongly suggest that applicants apply to other internal or external grants to help supplement their NEAC-funded projects, please be advised that multiple grants cannot pay for the same project expense items.

Grants are available in the following categories:

Research Travel - North America

Awards of up to $1,500, including a maximum of $200 for daily expenses, are available to scholars who are based in North America and are engaged in research on Korea and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the United States and Canada. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. NEAC grant funds are NOT intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to FINALIZE a project. A letter of recommendation from an advisor is required for pre-doctoral research. Only economy airfare is allowed. Applications for this grant category will only be accepted in the fall grant cycle and must be received in the AAS office by OCTOBER 1. Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

Awards of up to $5,000 are available for North American-based scholars to cover travel expenses on trips to Korea or other sites outside North America for projects explicitly related to Korean studies that can be accomplished in a relatively short period. Justification for why research outside North America/in Korea is required to do this research must be provided. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. These grants are intended for use by scholars who are already familiar with Korea and with their topic, but who need time outside North America in order to complete their work. NEAC grant funds are NOT intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to FINALIZE a project. NEAC research travel grant funding is also NOT intended for partial funding of long-term research, and these applications will not be considered. A letter from an advisor is required for pre-doctoral applicants and should be sent directly to the AAS Secretariat by the application deadline. Only economy airfare is allowed. Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.

Workshops and Conferences

Partial support, generally up to $5,000, for organizing conferences on Korea and held in North America, including support for planning meetings for larger conferences funded from other sources. Applicants must furnish detailed budgets showing travel expenses and daily costs and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized, along with names and curriculum vitae of key personnel.

Application Process

All grant applicants must submit their application BY E-MAIL on a NEAC grant application form (choose the "Save File" option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and attach to your email application). Grant application materials must be submitted by email attachment as one continuous Word document file in the following order: (1) the grant application; (2) project statement; (3) budget; (4) CV(s); and, if applicable (5) any other additional information to: grants@asian-studies.org. Your application must include your name in the e-mail subject line. Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1 for the spring/summer awards and OCTOBER 1 for the fall/winter awards. Since current AAS membership is required for your grant application, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to the same grants@asian-studies.org email address and also to arrive by no later than the above stated application deadlines. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

To facilitate the review and notification process, all travel and/or conference projects must begin AFTER the relevant grant cycle, i.e., after December 1 for the fall submission date, and May 1 for the spring deadline. All projects must be completed within one year of award. Submission of a NEAC grant report and all applicable forms is required within 30-60 days of project/research travel completion depending on the category of grant award. Notification of awards will be made in late November for the fall/winter awards and late April for the spring/summer awards.

NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for eligible expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

NOTE ABOUT INDIRECT COSTS: The AAS is unable to support funding requests for indirect costs from applicants to its small grant programs. The AAS is a membership organization rather than a funding agency, and conducts its grant programs as a service to the field through the voluntary help of its members. Funds for all grant programs originate from outside agencies, and individual awards are quite modest. We therefore ask applicants’ home institutions to waive their normal indirect cost requirements.

Questions?

Please contact Teresa Spence at grants@asian-studies.org.