The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) invites applications for grants and scholarships from Australians and permanent residents wishing to further their engagement with Korea in 2014-15. AKF grants typically involve contributions of between $20-30,000 to a significant project with clear goals and committed partners. The three categories of AKF scholarships are
for research (up to $10,000, or up to $15,000 for PhD), language (up to $5000) or internships (up to $10,000). The closing date for applications is 11 April (5pm AEST).
The AKF has designated the following priority areas for 2014-15. These have been selected in the context of the successful conclusion of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, in support of President Park's Three Year Plan for Economic Innovation and with reference to DFAT's Country Strategy for Korea.
Korean Language and Literacy: Projects which develop the language and cross-cultural skills of Australians to effectively engage with Korea and build a deeper understanding of Korean society, politics and the economy, including language studies and student/professional exchange programs. This priority remains fundamental to the AKF's goals.
Science Innovation: Projects which establish new partnerships or build onexisting collaborations between institutions or peak bodies and their counterparts in Korea, particularly in emerging fields of research and development or where Australia has specific expertise. Of particular interest are projects related to health, aging and social change.
Sports Diplomacy: Projects harnessing major sporting events, such as the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea, to develop ties between the sports and business communities of Korea and Australia.
The AKF will also consider applications in other areas, such as projects which advance Australia's engagement with Korea by supporting cultural and academic pursuits, business and community exchanges, and partnerships and
Further information is available at http://www.dfat.gov.au/akf