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Nam Center Associates Program

The Nam Center for Korean Studies has quickly become a hub of interdisciplinary research for faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University of Michigan who are engaged in research and/or teaching on Korea or have an interest in Korean studies. To expand this intellectual community and offer support for a regional Korean studies community, the Nam Center is pleased to announce the Nam Center Associates program. This program is designed to extend the community and network resources of the Center to non-U-M faculty and researchers working on Korea in the region and to those who have institutional ties to the University.


Applicants must fit the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Scholars whose research or teaching is on Korea and is employed by an institution of higher education, particularly in the Midwestern region.
  2. U-M alumni from graduate and professional programs nominated by Center faculty
  3. Former Nam Center faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate fellows

Application Procedures

Submit the following items by email to

  1. A copy of your current C.V. (5 pages or less)
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1,000 words) highlighting the following:
    a. Your accomplishments in Korean Studies
    b. Your current projects in Korean Studies
    c. How you anticipate your affiliation would benefit you and the Center.

Application Deadlines

September 15 and March 31 annually. All complete applications are reviewed by the Nam Center Executive Committee and applicants will be notified of decisions.


Center Associate status will not expire as long as one continues to meet the eligibility requirement, however the benefits (e.g., a uniqname, MCard, and/or library privileges) may expire, depending upon current U-M policy. The Nam Center can help you to renew these benefits if you request assistance.


  • Nam Center Faculty Associates are included in the Center’s email list and receive notices of academic events and opportunities.
  • Regular faculty from other universities and colleges in the State of Michigan as well as from the Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions are eligible for free borrowing privileges at the U-M Library, which includes access to electronic resources (databases and online texts). For Associates who do not fall under this category, the Center can assist with acquiring borrowing privileges as a U-M Library “Visiting Scholar.” 
  • Center Associates are eligible for a uniqname (a U-M computing ID). The Center can assist with the MCard application.
  • U-M alumni should keep their uniqname (free of charge for limited services) for their Associate status and renew them on their own. For details, please see the MCard website.

Please note that the Center cannot provide office space, phone/fax/computer access, mail boxes, business cards, administrative/translation services, research assistance, or parking permits.