Application Process

Each year the Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) accepts Visiting Scholars from around the world, who are selected on a highly competitive basis to conduct research related to Korean studies.

The Visiting Scholar will be provided a shared office housed at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School building. They will also have the access to a computer and the Internet; borrowing privileges at GW’s Gelman library; limited telephone, fax, and photocopying privileges; and an opportunity to interact with other scholars focusing on Korean studies and Asian studies. All Visiting Scholars are expected to pay a bench fee of $1,000/month and academics may negotiate the bench fee based on their funding source.


Visiting Scholars come from diverse fields and backgrounds including academia (faculty at other universities), government, journalism/media, research institutions, and others. We also include doctoral candidates and post-doc fellows who are fully funded.

To Apply

GWIKS accepts visiting scholars twice a year (Deadlines below)

Click HERE to download the GWIKS Visiting Scholar Application Form.

If you are interested in being considered for a Visiting Scholar position, please submit a complete application by email, fax, or mail.

Apply by 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.A.

Apply by Fax: (202) 994- 6096 (Please call us before sending fax)

Apply by E-mail:


We will only consider complete applications. A complete application includes:

  • A completed GWIKS Visiting Scholar Application Form
  • A detailed description of the research project (one page). The research project must be on a topic relating to Korea. Projects can range in topic as long as they are focused on Korea to a significant degree.
  • A description of what resources in the area you will use
  • A detailed resume or CV

DEADLINES: There are two deadlines every year.

April 1 (Application period opens March 1)

October 1 (Application period opens September 1)

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, call (202) 994-9735 or e-mail