[Cornell University] Post-doctoral or pre-doctoral research fellow in Korean studies

Call for Applications: Cornell East Asia Program 2022-2023 LB Korean Studies Research Scholar


The Cornell East Asia Program is accepting applications for a post-doctoral or pre-doctoral research fellow in residence at Cornell (Ithaca Campus) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Advanced Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates whose research pertains to Korea can apply to this non-teaching research residency. Application deadline is February 11th, 2022.

The LB Korean Studies Research Scholars research program within the East Asia Program and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University aims to cultivate new collaborations that advance scholarship, knowledge dissemination, teaching, outreach, and engagement with general publics for a deeper understanding of Korea in the contemporary world. The program is open to scholars whose research and teaching focuses on Korea, especially with a comparative, global, and/or interdisciplinary perspective.

LB Korean Studies Research Scholars can have backgrounds in any discipline, as well as conduct interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. In addition to more traditional Korean studies fields, we envision Korea-focused work in areas such as STEM, public health, urban planning, architecture, and others. Selection will be based on the potential of the candidate’s research to cultivate dialogue and nurture collaboration across academic disciplines, as well as integrate, synthesize, and build upon existing disciplinary contributions to Korean studies research, broadly conceived. Scholars will work within the East Asia Program and the Einaudi Center for International Studies as well as engaging with mentors and peers across Cornell.


Scholars will join a dynamic interdisciplinary center that brings together deep scholarly expertise with broad interdisciplinary global concerns. Scholars will benefit from training and mentoring in academic publishing and public scholarship as they contribute to the East Asia Program’s vision to advance the interdisciplinary study of Korea. They will organize programming (such as pedagogical and research events and/or colloquia), coordinate with faculty and students, identify and liaise with global and community partners, and support the communications team to disseminate the initiative’s research and events. Scholars will spend roughly 50% of their time on their research, and 50% of their time on the LB KSRS initiative.

Position available:

  • Post-doctoral visiting scholar, or
  • Pre-doctoral visiting scholar

The LB Korean Studies Research Scholar may be either a post-doctoral visiting scholar (within 5 years of their Ph.D. conferral) or a Ph.D. candidate at an advanced stage of their doctorate (completing their dissertation). We are interested in candidates from Ph.D. programs outside of North America as well as in the U.S., and will offer visa support to those who need it (this program does not offer H1B visa status).


  • Academic year (August through May) stipend of USD29,000
  • Cornell University Health Insurance coverage (approximately USD3,500)
  • Research activities support of up to USD2,500 (for activities such as travel to archives or conferences, materials acquisition, publication costs, etc.)
  • Cornell Graduate School tuition coverage, if needed, for candidates from non-U.S. institutions and with non-U.S. residency
  • Office and other facilities use
  • Full visiting scholar faculty access to Cornell university facilities and resources such as use of Cornell’s world-class Library collections and resources.


  • In residence at the Cornell Ithaca campus August 2022 through May 2023
  • Organize and convene Korean studies events and activities within EAP programming schedule
  • Carry out research, and acknowledge the LB KSRS program in any publications thereof
  • Give at least two presentations of research for the EAP and Cornell community
  • Participate in EAP and Center for International Studies initiatives that relate to the Scholar’s work or interests
  • No teaching required. However, if the Scholar wishes to teach, whether formally or informally, EAP will help identify and set up such opportunities.

How to Apply

The completed application, including two letters of reference, must be received by the application deadline of February 11, 2022. Applications should be submitted directly to  eap@cornell.edu. The subject line should read: “LB Korean Studies Research Scholar Application.”

  • A letter expressing interest in the program and explaining one’s qualifications for the position. In the letter, applicants must submit biographical information, including the expected (or actual) date that they will receive their PhD degree, as well as the full name and contact information of two references, one of whom must be the applicant’s doctoral advisor
  • Full CV in PDF format.
  • Description of proposed research (maximum of 2 pages, single spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, PDF format). The proposal should be free of disciplinary jargon.
  • A sample of your work, which may be a piece of writing, a portfolio of art work, teaching syllabi, or other relevant work.
  • Two letters of reference, one of whom must be the applicant’s doctoral advisor, to be submitted directly by the references to: eap@cornell.edu. The subject line should read: "LB Korean Studies Research Scholar - Reference Letter." Please note that all references must be received by the application deadline on February 11, 2022.
  • Select applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview with the selection committee.
  • Candidates will be notified of selection decisions March 2022.


For questions, please contact the East Asia Program manager, Joshua Young, at eap@cornell.edu.

Joshua Young
Program Manager, Cornell East Asia Program
140 Uris Hall, Cornell University (Located on the Gayogo̱nǫʼ (Cayuga Nation) traditional homelands)
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Status: Expired Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 01 Dec 2021

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