Postdoctoral Fellowship


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies (Social Sciences)


The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is accepting applications for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies each academic year. This fellowship is open to scholars in the social sciences focusing on a Korea-related research topic.

The Fellowship Grant:

The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period and provide a stipend of $50,000. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive shared office space and access to libraries and other resources at GW. Also, the postdoctoral fellow will be invited to participate in the academic life of the GWIKS.

The Fellow will be Required to:

  1. Reside in the metropolitan DC area;
  2. Work on revising his or her doctoral dissertation for publication as a monograph;
  3. Teach one (1) graduate seminar in the spring semester of 2020 (Optional);
  4. Give a public lecture for the GWIKS lecture series during appointment period;
  5. Co-organize and present at a book manuscript workshop (April or May);
  6. Mentor GWIKS Undergraduate Fellows; and
  7. Participate in GWIKS events and related activities.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in the social sciences, and all untenured scholars are eligible to apply. The applicant who is awarded the fellowship must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (dissertation deposited) by the deadline. 

Application Deadline:

The application will be open in May 2020. (TBD) We will provide a decision by early or mid- June.

Required Documents:

  • Your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter – explaining research project, teaching experience and what you plan to accomplish while in residence at GWIKS
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Writing Sample (max. 40 pages)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (emailed by referees directly to GWIKS email:

Application materials (except for letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the referee) must be submitted by the deadline. Please submit all documents in PDF format at Letters of recommendation should also be emailed directly to


Questions regarding the position or the application process should be addressed to GWIKS:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies

Institute for Korean Studies

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

1957 E St. NW Suite 503

Washington, DC 20052






Sunhye Kim is Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies at GW. Her research and teaching focus on the politics of human (re)production, technology and gender, family and labor, cross-border medical tourism, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in Korean women’s movements and transnational feminism. She has published several journal articles and book chapters in English and Korean related to population policy, biomedical technology, and reproductive justice movement in English and Korean. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland and earned her M.A. and B.A. in the Department of Sociology at Yonsei University. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how the concepts of reproductive rights and labor have been contested and negotiated by various actors—including infertile couples, gamete donors/gestational surrogates, state agents, and medical professionals—across national boundaries.