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Korean Collections Consortium of North America: KCCNA Research Travel Grants


Deadline Extended!
Accepting Applications until February 15th

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) is pleased to announce the KCCNA Research Travel Grants to assist Korean Studies students and scholars worldwide in their use of specialized library resources at the thirteen KCCNA member universities. This program was funded by generous grants from the Korea Foundation for three years for 2018-2020, but the 2020 program was canceled due to the pandemic. We are excited to offer the last and final year of the program in 2023. This research travel grant program is open to anyone in the world except for those in Korea who already have access to extensive Korean resources. The proposal deadline for the current cycle is January 31, 2023.

1. Description and Purpose

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) was created in 1994 with generous grants from the Korea Foundation. Its members cooperatively develop and share specialized Korean Studies scholarly resources and provide library services to a wider audience beyond their own communities. Current membership consists of the thirteen largest Korean Studies libraries in the US and Canada.  The KCCNA Research Travel Grants program was created to provide partial funding to scholars who need to travel a long distance in order to access the resources and services of KCCNA member libraries.  See the list of members and their specialized collections at KCCNA Members.


2. Eligibility

This program is open to anyone in the world except for those in Korea who already have access to extensive Korean resources.


3. Selection Criteria

While we will consider all applications based on the strengths of the research proposal and the target library’s overall ability to support the research, applications that address the following criteria will receive preferential review:

  • Describe how your research topic (on Korea or Koreans) can benefit from KCCNA’s specialized resources. A list of the specific resources you wish to use at the library, including the links or the call numbers if applicable, is required
  • The need for onsite research at the target library (why that particular library and not elsewhere?)
  • Justifications for travel for access (any other means for access such as online or ILL?)


4. Participating Libraries in 2023 (Host libraries are subject to change due to COVID-19 and local library policies)

Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Hawaii, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, and University of Washington.


5. Awards

The grant amount will be up to $1,500 for a scholar who needs to travel within continental North America, and up to $2,500 for scholars overseas or those to/from Hawaii.


6. Schedule for 2023

  • January 31: Deadline for applications
  • March 20: Notification of awards  
  • August 31: Deadline for the use of the grant


7. Requirements for the Grant Recipients

  • Submit a brief activity report ( and an expense report with receipts within two weeks of the research visit.
  • Works resulting from the KCCNA Research Grant must acknowledge the grant in all publications and/or presentations.
  • Gift copies of all publications resulting from the grant must be submitted to the host Library. If this is not possible, citations must be reported to KCCNA and to the host Library.


8. Logistics

  • Applications will be accepted in English or Korean.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of KCCNA librarians.
  • Visit schedules must be coordinated with the host librarian.
  • Grant awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis based on appropriate receipts. Reimbursable expenses include: airfares, ground transportation to/from the airports, and lodging. All other expenses will not be eligible for reimbursement.
  • The Consortium or the host library will not provide any assistance for visas.


9. Application Form and Deadline

Applications will be accepted online at:     

Deadline: January 31, 2023


10. Inquiries

KCCNA Research Travel Grants Committee (Chair - Yunah Sung, University of Michigan)



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