Fellowships & Grants

Welcome to the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia. The Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in modern East Asia, regardless of their nationality, origins, or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. English is the official language of the Foundation. All application materials (including sample chapters, papers, and essays) should be written in English. All publications, workshops, and meetings that the Foundation support use English only.


The deadline for fellowship applications is December 1, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail in early February. The fellowship term is September 1 through August 31, but can be adjusted with permission from the Foundation. If a recipient receives another fellowship or grant, he/she must report it to the Foundation. The Foundation may adjust the amount of the fellowship award accordingly.

Post-doctoral Fellowship: One or two fellowships ($55,000 each) will be awarded annually to a distinguished young scholar who has received his/her doctoral degree within the previous five years. Applicants should include an invitation letter from their host institution; the host institution cannot be changed without permission from the Foundation.

Visiting Studentship: Candidates must be registered in a Masters or PhD program at a university or approved research institute in East Asia, working on topics relevant to the Foundation. Two letters of recommendation are required: one from an academic referee familiar with the candidate’s work, and the other from the host institution confirming that it is willing to host the candidate during the period of the studentship. A detailed plan of the work that the candidate intends to carry out at the host institution is required. All applications must be accompanied by a certificate of English-language proficiency from an internationally recognized test, such as TOFEL or IELTS. The Foundation will conduct either Skype or personal interviews for the final selection. The duration of fellowship is six to twelve months. The candidate selected must normally stay at the host institution during the whole of the studentship period. The amount of the studentship is up to US$45,000. The final amount will be decided later in accordance with the candidate’s specific circumstances.

Dissertation Fellowship: One or two fellowships (up to $25,000 each) will be awarded annually to Ph.D. candidates who are writing their dissertations. Applicants should include  two draft chapters with their application.


Traveling/Research Grant: Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded annually to scholars who are traveling for short-term research projects (less than a month). All applications must include the description of the research purpose and the detailed outline of budget (travel, accommodation and library fees, if applicable). Travel must be made between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation. Deadline for submission: December 1, 2018.

Conference/Workshop Grant (NEW): Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded twice a year to scholars who plan to present papers at international conferences or workshops. All applications must include the abstract (or paper), and a detailed outline of budget (transportation, lodging, and registration).  If possible, they should also include a letter from conference/workshop organizers confirming that the proposed paper or panel has been accepted.  While applications will still be considered if such confirmation is not yet available, no grant payment will be made until official confirmation of acceptance has been provided. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation.

Deadline 1 (May 1, 2018), if the meeting is held between July1, 2018 and January 31, 2019

Deadline 2 (December 1, 2018), if the meeting is held between February 1 and June 30, 2019.

Application starts with an online form