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Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

The Donia Human Rights Center, in partnership with the Social Science Korea Human Rights Forum, offers the Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship to support summer research on human rights in South Korea. This fellowship opportunity is open to University of Michigan graduate and advanced undergraduate students interested in studying human rights in Korea, and is enabled by generous funding from the Social Science Korea Human Rights Forum as well as the International Institute. Successful applicants will spend a few weeks from late June to late July in South Korea to take a seminar course on human rights (taught in English) at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul and conduct research on human rights in Korea. After their stay in Korea, fellows are required to submit a 2-4 page report on their research.

Up to two grants of $3,500 each will be awarded. Students will stay at the international dorm at Sungkyunkwan University, and the cost for a three-week stay there is estimated at around $600. The balance of the grant money can be used for air travel, local transportation, and other associated costs including meals. Any associated costs beyond $3,500 will have to be covered by the successful applicant.


Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs at the University of Michigan. Applicants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research. Undergraduate students graduating in WN/SP/SU2022 are not eligible to apply. Some Korean language skills are desirable, but not necessary.

Applications Requirements:

Applicants must submit application materials via M-Compass.


The application deadline is to be determined.

Contact Information:


U-M College of LSA International Travel Policy

All U-M students traveling abroad for university-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, or internship programs organized or supported by LSA departments/units or for which LSA in-residence credit is granted) are bound by the College of LSA International Travel Policy

To receive funding/credit for their international experiences, students are required to:

  • Register their travel in the MCompass Travel Registry
  • Purchase U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance and upload card to MCompass
  • Provide contact information in case of emergency on MCompass
  • Submit a safety plan if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning/Restriction destination. (Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released)

Learn more about the requirements and find travel resources on the LSA Travel website. You can also find additional resources on Global Michigan.