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 March 2024.

As we receive many more applications for grants than our limited budget can support, we are unable to consider individual applications outside our normal time frame. Applicants should be aware that decisions on the next round of applications will not be finalised until the end of September 2023.

 

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 and some projects we have supported in the past are featured below.

Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: 8th September 2023

    The Liverpool Life Sciences UTC had a BKS grant to support the introduction of Korean Studies to its curriculum, and the Newsletter is one of the first results of this programme.   You can read the UTC’s newsletter here: The UTC Korean Newsletter […]

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Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: 1st November 2022

New Earth Theatre received a grant from the British Korean Society to support the world premiere of The Apology, the explosive new play by Korean writer Kyo Choi that brings to the stage the shocking events of military sexual slavery during World War Two.   […]

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Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: 22nd September 2022

My project aims to illuminate the story of Korean internment in Soviet labour camps after the end of World War II. During the war, over 200,000 Korean youth were conscripted into or forced to “volunteer” for the Japanese military, and some 150,000 were also employed […]

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Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: 15th December 2020

Edinburgh Korean Students Society held their 1st Korea Conference on 29 February 2020.   This was to commemorate Korea’s March 1st Independence Movement in 1919 against the Japanese colonial rule and to raise awareness among international students in Scotland.  Seven speakers were invited and the […]

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Posted by: Cathy Kim  |  Posted on: 6th March 2020

During the October Half Term 2019, Year 12 and 13 students had the fantastic opportunity to visit South Korea. The trip included two destinations, Pohang and Seoul. During their time in Pohang, students were able to visit a long standing partner school, Ocheon High School. […]

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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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