ISDP-KF Nordic Journalist Fellowship Program 2022

Getting to Know Contemporary South Korea

In the last two decades, South Korea has become one of the strongest middle powers on the globe and holds a special position in Asia as one of the major promoters of democratic values, sustainable development, green technologies, and gender equality. Additionally, South Korea’s profile has been quickly spreading throughout the globe thanks to the rise of Korean wave, including K-entertainment (pop, drama, film), language, and cuisine. In many ways, South Korea has gained a similar country image to the Nordic countries, as a high-tech, innovative and moral superpower on the other side of the Eurasian continent. However, South Korea’s image as a bustling middle-power is not very present in the Nordic media, as the country’s development is constantly overshadowed by the North Korean nuclear issue.

To promote greater awareness and more balanced knowledge, the ISDP Stockholm Korea Center and the Korea Foundation are launching a fellowship program for young journalists from the Nordic countries.

The program includes two in-depth training sessions in Stockholm (May 2nd to 6th & September 5th to 9th) and a field trip to Seoul (tentative: June 12th to 18th).

Click here to download the ISDP-KF Nordic Journalist Fellowship Program for 2022.


What we offer

  • A full program of 2 training sessions, consisting of 16 lectures and 2 roundtable discussions with Korea experts, senior officials, and policymakers.
  • One week field trip to South Korea, covering of all travel expenses.
  • Deepening the Nordic journalists’ knowledge of Korean politics and society and giving them the opportunity to directly apply this knowledge.
  • A Certificate of Completion after the end of the Training Program.


You are…

… an early-to mid-career journalist with at least 3 to 5 years of experience working for a news media in one of the Nordic countries.

… able to take part in both trainings in Stockholm and the field trip to South Korea (physical participation to the two trainings is mandatory, Covid restrictions allowing).

… interested in South Korea and its broader geopolitical environment and eager to push South Korea further in news coverage.

proficient in English (no Korean proficiency required).

… willing to write a news article applying the knowledge gained during the training period. 


Material for Application

  • A copy of your updated CV.
  • A 500 words Statement that shows your interest in South Korea and the broader East Asia region.
  • One sample of writing or a list of publications (around 10-15) in any Scandinavian language, Finnish or English.


How to apply

  • Application deadline: 31 March 2022 (the deadline has been extended).
  • Applications shall be submitted to Mr. Riccardo Villa at before the deadline.

The ISDP-KF Nordic Journalist Fellowship Program is made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.