2020.03.10 MMCA

2020 MMCA International Research Fellowship

(Research and Publication Department) +82-2-3701-9642

Attached File 2020 MMCA International Research Fellowship_Application Form.doc  

2020 MMCA International Research Fellowship

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) is pleased to invite applications for 2020 MMCA International Research Fellowship. The program is open to the art professionals including curators, researchers, critics and educators from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central and South America,* who are interested in developing and sharing their research ideas related to Korean modern and contemporary art. The three selected participants will be paired with advisors who will provide intellectual support throughout the program. They will be provided with opportunities to visit museums and biennales, attend international conferences, and share their thoughts and experiences with the fellow researchers and artists in Korea.
As part of Cultural Partnership Initiative Project (CPI), MMCA International Research Fellowship is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea.
*For the list of eligible countries, please refer to the following link:
Applicants with other citizenship than mentioned above will NOT be considered.

1. Duration: 4 months (July – October, 2020)

2. Admission Qualifications
- Citizens of the countries listed here
- Aged between 25-45
- Fluency in English

3. Application Process 

 Required Documents

- Application form (attached file)
- CV
- Degree certificate(s)
- Reference letter(s) (At least 1 letter is required)
*Selected participants should submit a copy of passport within 2 weeks after the announcement

 Application Period

 March 30 9am - May 3 6pm KST

 Submission of Application

 Send the documents to:


 Shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview in mid-May

 Result announcement

 The selected applicants will be contacted individually


4. Program Requirements:
- The participants should conduct Individual researches related to Korean modern and contemporary art.
- By the end of the program, researchers are required to submit and present the final essay.
- The participants are obliged to attend Korean language course provided by the host institution.

5. Financial Support

 Round-trip airfare

 Round-trip airfare (economy class) from the airport near the participant's place of residence to Seoul, Korea


 An individual studio unit inside the university campus will be provided. Utility fees are not included.

 Monthly Stipend

 900,000 Korean won per month to cover food, transportation, taxes, public utilities, entrance fees, etc. will be deposited to the participant's Korean bank account at the end of every month.

 Tuition fee for Korean language course

 All participants are obliged to take the Korean language course

 Traveler's insurance fees

 A standard insurance coverage will be provided by the host institution. Detailed information will be given upon the participant's arrival. Any supplementary insurance can be arranged and covered by participants.


6. 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.

7. Process upon Arrival for Selected Participants
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
Research and Publication Department
 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
30 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03062, South Korea
Tel 82 2 3701 9642 | Fax 82 2 3701 9639 | Email