Visiting Scholar Program

The Center for Korea Studies accepts 15 to 20 scholars annually to conduct research at the University of Washington. Visiting Scholars are encouraged to use the extensive collections of the University of Washington library system and other university research facilities, and to meet and work with the faculty of the Jackson School for International Studies and the university in general. The Visiting Scholar Program provides an excellent opportunity to join in the academic life of the university community as well as to experience life in the diverse communities of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Visiting Scholars are those who have been granted leave and financial support to pursue research while they continue full-time employment at their home institution. Such scholars may visit the University of Washington for a period of six months to one year, for the purpose of research and interaction with students and scholars on campus. The Center for Korea Studies has no office space to offer, but can sponsor a limited number of visas and provide for access to University of Washington research and recreational facilities. Visiting Scholars are strongly encouraged to both attend and present their research at Center of Korea Studies colloquia offered throughout the academic year.

Resources for Prospective and Current Visiting Scholars

Application Process

Scholars who wish to apply for visiting status must apply at least 3 months before their intended start dates, as evaluation of documents and DS-2019 processing can take several weeks. Applications with start dates within 3 months of applying may not be processed, depending on the current caseload. Applicants should also provide us with (1) a CV, (2) an affidavit of support from their institution, (3) a plan of study, and (4) a non-refundable application fee of $200. Please note: Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials and the application fee have been received.

Materials should be sent to:

Center for Korea Studies
Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

or emailed to


Application fee ($200, non-refundable): A check for $200 paid to University of Washington must be sent by mail to Center for Korea Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, Box 353650, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 U.S.A. No application will be considered if this fee is not paid.

DS-2019 processing fee: $300 per person. Extensions: A $300 processing fee per person is required for extensions. Visiting scholar fee payment required when applying for DS-2019. (Effective July 1, 2020, the International Scholars Office increased DS-2019 fees from $260 to $300)

Program fee: Effective June 1, 2020, the Center for Korea Studies will charge a program fee of $8000 a year per visiting scholar.

**Applicants from academic institutions who hold a professorial position and have a Ph.D. can apply for a partial fee waiver. Please inquire about the partial waiver when you send your initial request to

English Proficiency requirement: Effective January 5, 2015, visa regulations require that J-1 exchange scholars provide one of the following measurements of English language proficiency: (1) A recognized English language test; (2) Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school; or (3) A documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.

Brain Korea Program: The Center for Korea Studies will assess a fee of $1,000 per year to Visiting Scholars participating in the Brain Korea Program.

Fees must be payed before a visa can be issued, and fees may not be prorated for periods of less than one year.