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2010 Lab for Korean Studies

The Laboratory for Globalization of Korean Studies is a long-term project, whereby a “lab director,” and a small number of “lab fellows” (researchers) all conduct research. As a research unit with distinguished scholars playing key roles, the lab would be an integrated model of education and research. Interdisciplinary research, developing theories in Korean Studies, and comparative research with other academic areas are strongly encouraged. Specialists in other areas such as China, Japan, India, etc may apply for comparative studies on Korea.

Period of Grant
○ First Round: 5 years (3+2), a maximum of 10 years (Second Round 5 years)
○ Support may be extended for another 5 years depending on the evaluation results of the first five years of research

Support Scale
○ Up to KRW 300 million annually for each project including indirect costs
100 Korean Classics in English

Korean Classics Library for World
100 Korean Classics, carefully selected and evaluated as high quality, will be translated into English. These will make the internationalibrary holdings for Korean studies stronger, so that they can be used for education and contribute to the development of world culture in the futue.

Korean Royal Court Culture

The documents of the Joseon royal court, as the essence of Korean culture, are studied, and academic books for the general public are lished to expand understanding of the Joseon culture.
This project will help form a new cultural icon in the 21st century and explore resourcs for a new Korean Wave.

Asia and the "Korean Wave"

This project seeks to let the world know about the unique Korean culture and identity of Koreans preparing for the global era. Academic materials for Korean Studies will be developed in response to the attention given by Asian countries to Korea and the Korean Wave.

A Dictionary and Sourcebook of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty

As a collection of knowledge, the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty gives us a glimpse of how Korean ancestors lived. the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty is registered as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO and has been recognized as a ”Memory of the World.” Resources for applied research and stories will be extracted, and a dictionary and a sourcebook will be published to aid in understanding the text.
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Updated and Enlarged Encyclopedia of Korean Culture

Traditional culture with the quiet wisdom of the past is a mirror that reflects tomorrow’s vision. The Encyclopedia of Korean Culture is an essential compilation of knowledge and will be revised and enlarged.
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Translation of Basic Source Materials for Early Korea

The systematic translation of documents from Korea’s ancient times will make a significant contribution to promoting research on early Korea.
This project focuses on the modern translation of basic historical materials for early Korea and expands the horizon of Koreans’ past in today’s knowledge-based society.

Compilation of Specialized Dictionaries of Korean Studies

This project will publish essential dictionaries as a foundation for research on Korean architecture, food, clothes, arts, music, dance, and other subjects.

Enlarging the Collection of Korean Oral Literature

This is a follow-up project to the Collection of Korean Oral Literature, which was originally published in 85 volumes in 1988. We will collect materials of oral literature that were missed in the first research project, and systematically categorize the literature by motives and by selecting representative tales.
The data thus collected and processed will contribute to the development of world level tale products in order to provide both researchers and the public with easy access to Korea’s oral literature.

The Oral History Research Project (New Projects in 2009)

The Oral History Research Project aims to support research into modern Korea, a country which in a relatively short period of time has achieved democratization and industrialization.
Modern Korea's experiences constitute a precious treasure in the history of civilization, not only for Korea itself, but also for the rest of the world, making it a target for benchmarking in Asia and in many other developing nations.
In an effort to lay the groundwork for the study of the contemporary history of Korea, the project will gather the records which attest to the dynamic changes that Korean society has undergone from the country's liberation up until the present day. We will support the project with an annual budget of KRW 1.2 billion over the next ten years.

Grants for Curriculum Development and Teaching Materials for Global Korean Studies
(New Projects in 2009)

Curriculum Development and Teaching Materials for Global Korean Studies aims to support innovative and customized curricula development for global Korean studies.
SIKS would like to invite distinguished scholars around the world to participate in developing creative and innovative Korean studies curricula required for the global age, as well as teaching materials tailored to local demands.
This will certainly be a fresh support program that will help overseas Korean studies. We will support the project with an annual budget of KRW 800 million over the next ten years.

The Project on Basic Materials for Pre-modern Korean Studies

The Project on Basic Materials for Pre-modern Korean Studies aimed at preserving and disseminating precious Korean studies materials, consists of arranging, annotating and translating into Korean those pre-modern Korean studies materials which were originally written in classical Chinese and rare Korean, and the difficult cursive characters in particular.
The project also seeks to ensure that these precious ancient documents are scientifically treated and preserved in a bid to protect them from damage.
In this way we are expanding the area of research into and education about Korean studies using pre-modern materials, thereby helping to develop Korean culture.

The Korean Studies Institution Grant Program

The Korean Studies Institution Grant Program aims to support and foster institutes that will lead the development of Korean studies in various countries around the world.
This project, which was launched in 2006, supports the research and education of, and international academic exchange between, those institutes which are selected according to a strict screening procedure.
Currently, the leading Korean studies institutes in the USA, the UK, Europe, Australia and China among other nations, are receiving the support of this program, and have thus far produced excellent research results.