The James Joo-Jin Kim Program at the University of Pennsylvania announces a Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2021–22 academic year. The postdoctoral fellowship is open to scholars whose research and teaching focus on contemporary Korea in the social sciences broadly defined (e.g., anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, political science, sociology, and other related disciplines).

The fellowship will cover the 12-month period between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022 and provide a stipend of $55,000 as well as conference travel funds up to $2,000. The Kim Program will cover the cost of the fellow’s health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, and life). The postdoctoral fellow will also receive an office space and access to libraries and other resources at Penn. The fellowship may be renewed for a second year, based on satisfactory performance, the existence of funding, and programmatic need.
The fellow will be required to: 1) reside in the Philadelphia area; 2) teach one course per year; 3) give a public presentation for the Korean Studies Colloquium; 4) mentor the Kim Program undergraduate fellows and graduate fellows; 5) participate in the Kim Program events and related activities at Penn; and 6) organize a Korean Studies Conference (either in Fall 2021 or in Spring 2022).
Research fields supported by this fellowship are in the social sciences. The applicant who is awarded the fellowship must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (dissertation deposited) by July 31, 2021.
Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter (including a description of research projects to be carried out during the fellowship, and teaching interests/experiences)
  • CV
  • Writing Sample (a published/publishable article or a dissertation chapter)
  • One course syllabus
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (uploaded to the Interfolio directly by the recommenders)

 Applications will be accepted only via Interfolio here
The application must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2021. Award decisions will be made by Mid-March 2021. 

Our program values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and underrepresented communities. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices.
Questions can be directed to:
Seok Lee, Associate Director