Grants Programme

The British Korean Society has at times funds available for small grants to organisations or individuals for activities or projects in sympathy with our members’ and sponsors’ aims of fostering friendship between the UK and Korea.

The closing date for applications for the next round of BKS grants is 1st February 2020.

The Society wishes to encourage:

  • Those who make positive contributions to British and Korean societies.
  • Applications for specific identifiable purposes where our funding will make a real difference.
  • Applications which will lead to lasting contacts, friendships, activities involving both countries, and those involving young people.

The scope of the applications is unrestricted in subject matter and grants in aid of exhibitions or performances, publications, travel, sport, charitable activities, commemorations and other similarly constructive activities will all be considered. Applicants should state clearly how they intend to use BKS funding if awarded, and the results sought. It should also be made clear whether our funds will be sufficient to achieve the project aims, or whether further funding is being sought from elsewhere.

Please note that the maximum sum available for any single grant application is £1000.

The grants programme now incorporates the previously separate bursary awards for post-graduate students. We continue to welcome applications from such students when they have a specific project which will enhance the effectiveness of their study programme and also meet the objectives of the overall grant scheme. Grants will not be awarded simply to meet the regular costs of study or living, but we are happy to consider proposals to support field work and other similar projects.

Recipients of grants are asked to complete a short report after completion of their project, showing how the BKS funds contributed to the outcomes. The required report format may be downloaded here.


Application Guidelines and Online Application Form


Recent grant awards, our Bursary students from 2017 / 2018 and some projects we have supported in the past are featured below.

Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 12th March 2019

The Alexander Whitley Dance Company applied for a BKS grant to attend the Performing Arts Market Seoul 7-10 October 2018 at the invitation of the British Council. A report of their visit is available here. “The support from the British Korean Society has helped AWDC […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 18th February 2019

From April – June 2018, Fabio Antinori participated in the International Artist in Residence Program at the MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Changdong, Seoul. As part of the program, participating artists were asked to make use of their time to produce […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 18th February 2019

As a researcher at Cambridge University the generous grant given by the British Korean Society allowed me to travel to Korea to further my work on the traditional ‘pojagi’ Korean textile. Whilst in Korea I was able to visit pojabi masters and observe their work and methods, […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 7th February 2019

Sarah Duffy was awarded a BKS grant in 2018 to support her stay in Korea during her Artists Residency at the Seoul Museum of Art. I am a Contemporary Artist with an interdisciplinary practice, spanning performance, writing, video, sound and installation. I was selected to […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 1st February 2019

Supported by our grants programme, Cranford Community College students made a visit to their partner school in Pohang, and have sent the following report: The award of a £1000 grant to Cranford Community College for their trip to South Korea in October 2018 meant that […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 9th May 2018

Philip Dobison is  Assistant Head Teacher at Cranford Community College near Hounslow.  The college has a partner school in Pohang, ROK, and is organising a student exchange with them, which will allow British students aged 16-18, who are learning Korean as part of an extended […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 9th May 2018

Dr Marc Vendrell, Principal Investigator at the University of Edinburgh, is organising a meeting there which will bring together specialists from the UK and South Korea in the field of chemical biology and molecular mapping.   It is planned that potential areas for collaborative work will […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 9th May 2018

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori is a London-based artist who has had a number of solo exhibitions.   He has been offered the opportunity to be artist in residence at the Seoul Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from April – June 2018 where he will prepare a […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 9th May 2018

2018: Charlotte Burrows is a PhD student of architecture at the University of Cambridge.   She will use the BKS grant to travel to Korea to study the techniques of masters of the textile craft pojagi to assess how it might be reinterpreted in the UK.  […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 27th June 2017

Hoon Song I was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent my school years in Busan. I entered Yonsei University in Seoul and studied Theology, which became my academic ground for a theological approach toward the unification of Korea. After my undergraduate school, I decided […]

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