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2013 International Fellowship in Cultural Studies of Contemporary Art, Korea

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea hosts an international research program for the museum professionals including curators, art critics, conservators, exhibition designers, educators and etc. This program was initiated as part of the Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) Project (www.culturefriends.or.kr) which is run by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. Participants of this program have been mainly curators of art museums from all over the world.

This research program aims to provide a sustained platform for initiating dialogues; for developing a comprehensive network among museum professionals; and for furthering collaboration and joint programming among art museums in Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America.

 The general information and requirements of the program are listed as below:

  • Period: June 1~ November 30, 2013
  • Host Institution National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (www.moca.go.kr)
  • Inviting Researchers 3 professionals
  • Program Description
    • Individual research in link with Korean contemporary art
    • Visiting art studios, museums, galleries and art institutions
    • Attending art related conferences
    • Korean language course
    • Cultural field trips
  • General Qualifications
    • Individuals who work in related fields of contemporary art such as museum professionals, curators, art historians, critics, conservators, educators, etc.
    • Aged between 25 and 45
    • Countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America
    •  Good use of English language
    • Individuals who have high interest in cultural exchange

 Financial Support

Round-trip airfare Round-trip airfare (economy class) from airport near the participant’s place of residence to Seoul, Korea.
Accommodation provided Accommodation will be provided by the host
Institution in a location suitable for the participants.
Monthly living expense 900,000 Korean won per month is provided to
cover food, transportation, communication, taxes,
public utilities and etc. Living expense is
deposited directly to the participant’s Korean
bank account every month. Participants may not
receive additional financial support by the training institution.
Korean language course fee All participants are obliged to take the Korean language course for 200 hours as a part of the program
Traveler’s insurance fees A standard insurance coverage will be provided by the host institution. Detailed information will be provided upon participant’s entry to Korea.
Any supplementary insurance coverage can be arranged and covered by participants.

Application Process

Documents of Application  • Application form
• CV with degree certificate
• A copy of passport
• Recommendation letter(s)
Deadline   15th April, 2013
Submission of Application   Send documents to :

2013 International Program
Department of Development
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea 313, Gwangmyeong-ro,
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-701, South Korea

Notification of Selection   The result of the final selection will be informed individually in May.

Commitments and Regulations

Activities provided during the program must be in accordance to the original intent. Participants will be discharged from the program when participating in profit-gaining activities or other activities not related to one’s intended purpose of visiting Korea. Participants generally may not be accompanied by family or friends. The final report must be submitted at the end of the program.
Confirmation of training certificate will be issued by the host institution upon completion of the program and submission of required results.

  1. Additional Events sponsored by the CPI Secretariat : The Secretariat will provide general orientations regarding the CPI project and living in Korea. A culture trip, international symposium, farewell party, and other events sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the CPI Secretariat are provided. All participants are expected to join the events.
  2. Drafting Contract Agreement: A contract agreement regarding managements and obligations between the host institution and the participants will be drafted for each party.
  3. Member Registration to the Website (www.culturefriends.or.kr): The participants must register to join the membership of this program through the website, so as to begin the activities in Korea.

Process upon Arrival for Selected Personnel 

  1. Health examination documents required: A health examination must be done at one’s own expense in home country after notified to be selected as a participant of the program, and it must be submitted to the host institution by mail. The document is required for visa application. Doctor’s statement is required for the participant with a long-term disorder such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and etc. Please note that the host institution shall arrange to have the participant’s health examined with your arrival.
  2. Documents for Visa issuance: It is necessary to obtain a valid visa from Korean Embassy in the participant’s country. At the time of Visa application, the letter of invitation will be arranged by the host institution. However, selected participants are required beforehand to submit documents necessary in full for visa issuance.
  3. Entry to Korea through Incheon International Airport: Entry to Korea through Incheon International Airport Leaving and Re-entering later on during the program is generally not allowed. In case of an emergency, please discuss with the institution prior to departure.
  4. Personal Items: Personal items must be prepared upon entry into Korea. Any cost for shipment should be covered by the participants, both coming in and out of Korea.
  5. Creating a bank account:  Upon arrival in Korea, the participant must open a bank account in one’s own name, to receive living expenses monthly.
  6. Foreigner Registration Card: Foreigner registration must be completed within 90 days of entering the Republic of Korea and the issued registration card must be carried on person at all the time.

General Inquiries

Young-in Lee

International Affairs Manager
Department of Development
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Tel 82 2 2188 6063 / Email innie2005@korea.kr

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