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Student presenting at the 2023 Undergraduate Korean Studies Exchange Conference

Apply to be a KSI Fellow!

  • The KSI Undergraduate Fellows Program selects outstanding USC students who are interested in conducting research about Korea or Korean-American issues, writing a research paper and gaining experience presenting at academic conferences. Selected students participate in monthly research workshops during the fall and spring semesters, take part in a mini-conference just for USC students and present their papers at the annual USC-Michigan Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange in spring (to be hosted at Michigan in 2024).

Benefits of the Program

  • Get close academic mentoring.
  • Produce a 15-20 page research paper on any Korea-related or Korean-American research topic.
  • Participate in a USC mini-research conference.
  • Participate in the annual USC-Michigan Korean Studies Exchange.
  • Learn about fellowship and publishing opportunities.

Alumni Highlights

  • Past Fellows have been recipients of the Critical Language, Boren and Schaefer Fellowships while at USC.
  • Graduates have received the Marshall, Schwarzman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Fulbright Fellowships.
  • Many have used their KSI research papers as foundations for either a capstone paper or an honors thesis.

How to Apply

  • Application opens every spring and before each fall semester.
    Submit your application
  • Your application must include:
    • Your resume with major, USC e-mail, and
      expected date of graduation.
    • Short (one page maximum) cover letter that explains your interest in Korea and Korean studies, why you want to be a KSI Fellow, and the research paper you are considering.
    • You must be in good academic standing (3.0 and above GPA), able to attend a monthly workshop (Tues. from 6:00-7:00 PM at USC), and participate in our conferences.

For questions, contact Jay Lee at