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International Research Fellowship

2016 MMCA International Research Fellowship

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) hosts an international research program for the museum professionals including curators, conservators and educators. This program was initiated as a part of the Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) Project supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. Participants of this program have been mainly curators of contemporary art museums from all over the world.

This research program aims to provide a sustainable platform for initiating dialogues and for developing a comprehensive network among museum professionals.

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

  1. 1. Period July - November, 2016
  2. 2. Host Institution National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
  3. 3. Inviting Researchers 2 professionals

4. Program Description

  • Individual research in link with Korean modern and contemporary art
      * Research fellow must present a final essay of his/her research before the research presentation to be held at the end of the fellowship.
  • Visiting art studios, museums, galleries and art institutions
  • Meeting artists and museum professionals in Korea
  • Attending art related conferences
  • Cultural field trips
  • Korean language course (mandatory)

5. General Qualifications

  • Individuals who work in related fields of contemporary art such as museum professionals, curators, art historians, critics, conservators, educators, etc.
  • Citizen of the following regions: Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central and South America
      * Applicants from other regions than those mentioned above will NOT be considered.
  • Aged between 25 and 45
  • Good use of English language
  • Individuals who have high interest in cultural exchange

6. Financial Support

Financial Support Table
Round-trip airfare Round-trip airfare (economy class) from the airport near the participant’s place of residence to Seoul, Korea.
Accommodation provided An individual studio unit inside the university campus will be given. Utility fees are not included.
Monthly living expense 900,000 Korean won per month is provided to cover food, transportation, taxes, public utilities, entrance fees, etc.
Living expense is deposited directly to the participant's Korean bank account at the end of every month. Beside the monthly allowance, no additional financial support is given by the host 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.

7. Application Process

Application Process table
Documents of Application
  • Application form (available at www.mmca.go.kr)    pdf type Download(PDF)    word type download(word)
  • CV
  • Photocopy of degree certificate(s)
  • A copy of passport
  • Recommendation letter(s)    * at least 1 letter required
Deadline 15th April, 2016
* Application by e-mail will be also accepted, if all the required documents are accompanied as electronice files.
Submission of Application Send documents to:
  2016 MMCA International Research Fellowship Program
  Curatorial Department I
  National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea 313, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13829, South Korea
Notification of Selection The result of the final selection will be informed individually in mid May.

8. 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) Drafting Contract Agreement
  A contract agreement regarding managements and obligations between the host institution and the participants will be drafted for each party.

2) Additional Events sponsored by the CPI Secretariat
  The Secretariat will provide general orientations regarding the CPI project and living in Korea. Culture trips, 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 requested to join these events.

9. 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
  Leaving and Re-entering later on during the program is generally not allowed. In case of an emergency, the fellow must 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 right after 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
Curatorial Department I
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
313 Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13829, Korea
Tel 82 2 2188 6244 Fax 82 2 2188 6122 Email innie2005@korea.kr