Sochon Foundation Scholarship in Korean Studies

Deadline: 1 December 2019

The Korea Institute at the ANU is delighted to announce the Sochon Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate study in Korean Studies. Generously endowed by Madame Sochon Park Young-Hi, founder of the Sochon Foundation, and a lifelong educator. Madame Sochon was born in Seoul in 1935 and majored in mathematics at Seoul National University. She writes of her motivation in offering the Sochon Scholarship in Korean Studies:

“In the desolate 1950s right after the Korean War it was a time when people in Korea desperately struggled to survive amidst poverty and ruin. Even in this maelstrom my mother Madame Yi Su-bok’s enthusiasm for education never flagged, and I was able to begin university life. Although my university life began only with hope and enthusiasm, my most unforgettable event was receiving a Fulbright Scholarship. Although it was only enough money to buy a few books, I felt truly fortunate. In my young mind I resolved, ‘Regardless of how rich, they sent scholarship money even to a distant and unknown country, so I, too, when I grow up and if I am able must equally create a foundation to help students and those with difficulties.”

The scholarship is for a student undertaking a full-time post-graduate program in Korean Studies. The value of the bursary for 2020 is AUD$17,500. The scholarship is for one year, but recipients may apply for a renewal based upon satisfactory progress.

The Sochon Foundation Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships, but please be aware that all financial support secured before 1 December 2019 must be declared in your application. Any awards held will be taken into consideration on assessment of financial need.

Candidate Criteria

  • Open to international and Australian domestic applicants.
  • Prospective students must have an offer of admission to the degree program by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Prospective students must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at ANU as soon as possible but no later than 1 February 2020. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on a combination of financial need and academic merit

How to apply

Applicants should prepare the following documents:

(1) A personal statement (max. 750 words).

(2) An up-to-date CV.

a. For prospective students: a) transcript(s) of previous tertiary education; b) research proposal (max. 1,500 words); c) offer of admission to ANU.

b. For ANU students already enrolled in a Korean Studies post-graduate degree: a) ANU transcript; and b) email/letter of support from supervisor, research proposal (max 1,500 words)

(3) Details on any other financial support secured.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 1 December 2019 (Canberra time).
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of December. If you have not heard from us by the end of December, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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