Visiting Scholar Application Process

Each year, the GW Institute for Korean Studies accepts visiting scholars from around the world, who are selected on a highly competitive basis to conduct research related to Korean studies.

The visiting scholars carry an active role in the intellectual activities at the Institute of the Korean Studies as well as the Elliott School of International Affairs. The visiting scholars conduct individual research as proposed in the application by fully taking advantage of the resources available at GW and various resources available outside of the university such as think tanks and other organizations located in the Washington D.C. area.  Along with the research work, the visiting scholars are expected to participate in activities such as attending events hosted by GWIKS and providing guest lectures in GW course related to their research topic. The visiting scholars must give a lecture presenting their research or submit a written research paper before the end of the term.

The visiting scholars will be provided a shared office at the suite 503 in the Elliott School building. They will be also provided a computer for Internet access;  resources from the Gelman library at GW; limited telephone, fax, and photocopying; opportunities to interact with other scholars focusing on Korean studies and Asian studies for the visiting scholars. All resident visiting scholars are to pay a bench fee of $1,000 a month. Our visiting scholars come from diverse fields and backgrounds including academia (faculty at other universities), government, journalism/media, research institutions, and others. We also welcome doctoral candidates and post-doc fellows who are fully funded.

To Apply

GWIKS accepts visiting scholars twice a year (See deadlines below). If you are interested in being considered for a visiting scholar position, please submit a complete application by email (preferred), fax, or mail. We will only consider complete applications. A complete application includes:  
Resident Visiting Scholars
  1. A completed GWIKS Visiting Scholar Application Form (PDF or Fillable Word)
  2. A statement explaining the research to be conducted; the research project must be on a topic related to Korea, and why such an appointment would be mutually beneficial (one page)
  3. A copy of a certified English-language test
  4. A copy of the highest academic degree
  5. A letter of attestation supporting the funding source
  6. A plan for the work to be conducted while in residence at the Elliott School, including what resources in the Washington area the applicant intends to use
  7. A full curriculum vitae
Non-resident Scholars
  1. A statement explaining the research to be conducted; the research project must be on a topic related to Korea, and why such an appointment would be mutually beneficial (one page)
  2. A full curriculum vitae

Application Deadlines: There are two deadlines every year.

April 1 (Fall)

October 1 (Spring)



Send your application to one of the following: – E-mail: – Fax: (202) 994- 6096 (Please call us before sending a fax) – Mail: Institute for Korean Studies, Visiting Scholars Program Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University 1957 E Street, N.W., Suite 503, Washington D.C., 20052 U.S.

The visa application process will take at minimum two months to complete, and usually longer, so please keep that in mind when considering your start date. We will try to work with applicants’ deadlines, including those imposed by funding organizations, so please let us know in your application if you have any such requirements. Proposed research terms are usually 3-12 months long. Please clearly state your desired term in the application form. Applications will be evaluated by the GWIKS core faculty members. If accepted, a bench fee up to $1000 per month may apply. The GWIKS does not supply fellowships, scholarships, or funding of any kind to visiting scholars. Please keep in mind that you will have to secure funding from an organization, government, or provide personal funds before a visa can be issued. We welcome applications from candidates all over the world. Once the GWIKS has agreed to host a scholar, and the scholar has accepted the invitation, it is expected that the scholar will withdraw any other applications to potential host institutions. For more information and questions about the application process, please send an e-mail to