Korea/ Asia Grant Program

NOTE: The Korea and O’Donnell Grant Programs will be postponed for the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Korea Foundation and the Scowcroft Institute invite applications for research grants in East Asia, including Korea. Research must include, but not be limited to, holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library. The Korea/ Asia Grant Program, formerly administered by the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, is made possible through the support of the Korea Foundation.

AWARDS: The program awards grants ranging from $500 to $2,500. SELECTION: A panel of scholars and administrators from the Scowcroft Institute and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum reviews the applications and decides on funding levels. SELECTION CRITERIA: Funding priority will be given to proposals that a) have the greatest likelihood of publication and subsequent usefulness to educators, scholars, students, and policymakers, and b) bring newly available research materials to light. DEADLINE: Awards are announced in the fall.

The deadline to apply for the Korea/ Asia Grant Program is October 30, 2019.

LOCATION: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. College Station is served by a number of airlines and is a two-hour drive northwest of Houston and a three-hour drive south of Dallas- Fort Worth. The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a research institute housed the in George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The institute is named in honor of LTG (r) Brent Scowcroft, whose long and distinguished career in public service included serving as National Security Advisor for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. The Institute’s core mission is to foster and disseminate policy-oriented research on international affairs by supporting faculty and student research, hosting international speakers and major scholarly conferences, and providing grants to outside researchers to use the holdings of the Bush Library.

Korea/Asia Grant Program Criteria and Procedures

Funds are awarded for the sole purpose of helping to defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the George Bush Presidential Library

Applicants should electronically submit the following items as a single .pdf document.

  • A research proposal detailing the nature and scope of their research project
  • A curriculum vita
  • The names and institutions of three references
  • A budget outlining the amount needed for travel, lodging, and any other research expenses

The applicant’s name should be included in the document/ file name.

Each application received for the Korea/ Asia Grant Program is evaluated by the Library’s archival staff to ascertain that there is material at the Library appropriate for the research topic. A panel of scholars and administrators from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Scowcroft Institute reviews the applications to determine the merits of each research topic and its potential contribution to scholarship and decides on funding and funding levels. Each applicant receives a letter informing them of the panel’s decision. Grantees are informed that the use of their grants is to occur within a year of their award letter. Grantees are issued two checks. One-half of the approved funds will be provided in order to assist with travel to the Library. The other half will be issued to the researcher during their research trip. Upon conclusion of their research, grantees are requested to submit a brief end-of-grant report to the Foundation and two copies of any publications resulting from their research. The publications will be placed in the George Bush Presidential Library.

Contact Information

  • Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs
  • The Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Texas A&M University
  • 4220 TAMU
  • College Station, TX 77843-4220
  • Phone: (979) 845-1540
  • Fax: (979) 845-4155
  • E-mail: bushschoolscowcroft@tamu.edu