Grant Announcement: 2018 ACK Digital Program Outreach Fellow (aka Korean Fab Lab Fellow)

Grant Announcement
2018 ACK Digital Program Outreach Fellow (aka Korean Fab Lab Fellow)
Application Deadline: August 8, 2018

Grant Summary:

The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from Korean nationals for the American Center Korea (ACK) Digital Program Outreach Fellowship to support young Korean professionals’ innovation and creativity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields, to share expertise while supporting entrepreneurial partnerships, and to promote inclusive workplaces.  The American Center Korea Digital Program Outreach Fellow will be responsible for supporting ACK’s makerspace programs and related social media outreach activities.

The Digital Program Outreach Fellow will support ACK’s ART-TECH programs through strategic use of social media platforms to engage and significantly increase online audiences for ACK programs.  The Fellow will help to revamp ART-TECH workshops—informal, experimental, and process-oriented introductions to digital media skills and fabrication—by creating program support groups, enhanced social media engagement, and effective promotional materials.

A key priority of the U.S. Embassy is to connect with the next generation of Koreans interested in a hands-on introduction to resources for designing and fabricating smart systems, including 3D printing, laser cutting, and related fields.  ACK’s targeted makerspace participants are broadly inclusive, including female students, multicultural-family students, talented but financially underserved students, non-technology major students who are interested in sharing their passion for technology and innovation in a professional, English-speaking setting, and North Korean defector students who are being introduced to American technology for the first time and who will benefit from ART-TECH’s informal, collaborative model.  The Fellow will play an integral role in fostering STEAM interest through makerspace activities and by sharing his/her expertise and experiences with these priority Korean audiences.

During the grant period, ACK will launch Social Media 2.0 to reach new social media audiences and boost online engagement with ACK programs.  Through the strategic use of ACK social media, the Digital Program Outreach Fellow will help the ACK reach targeted audiences more effectively and in significantly greater numbers, in addition to identifying and connecting with offline face-to-face contacts.

The Digital Program Outreach Fellow will support ART-TECH programming not only at the ACK and three American Corners, but also at other public outreach events such as “making” spaces.


Goals and Objectives:

The ACK Digital Program Outreach Fellow will assist at programs 2-5 times per week (2-3 hours per program, with 20-40 participants) either at the ACK or outside ACK partner organizations, focusing on recruiting focused participants, designing promotional materials, preparing social media posts, and running makerspace programs on emerging technology fields.  Specific goals include:

  • To locate and recruit targeted participants for makerspace programs;
  • To introduce new digital fabrication tools and workshop processes while encouraging sustained participant involvement in ACK programs with creativity and innovation;
  • To introduce new Social Media 2.0 methods to increase the level of online engagement in a fun and easily accessible way;
  • To create and form active online communities for enhancing ACK SNS activities;
  • To provide accurate information about the American and Korean high-tech, maker, and art industry, and identify potential partnerships for the benefit of the U.S. mission;
  • To conduct makerspace workshop and digital programs, including virtual programs, 3D printing, VR, and laser cutting;
  • To research and develop new American makerspace and digital programs;
  • To publish ACK makerspace and digital program books for Korean audiences, including librarians, professors, teachers, and makers;
  • To deliver presentations on topics such as innovative ideas, digital fabrication, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution;
  • To write and publish ACK social media postings.

: Fluency in written and spoken English (Level III) and Korean (Level IV) language is required; college degree is required (engineering/science/art/design/computer science major preferred); graduate degree is preferred; minimum 2 years of professional experiences in maker, public relations, or marketing field is required; highly developed computer skills; interpersonal skills; social media writing skills.

Language: All ACK programs are conducted in English.

Program Venue: Outreach program will be held at the ACK or outside partner organizations.

Audience:  Korean children and youth, women, North Korean defectors, young adults, and young professionals.  Ages range from 8-35.  The Fellow will also work with U.S. Embassy officers and local staff members, including Grant Officer and Grant Officer Representatives.

Period and Financial Support:

  • Period: 12 months
  • Grant ceiling amount: not to exceed $25,000. This total amount $25,000 includes honorarium, local travel cost to conduct regional programs, and any program related incidental fee.  Housing and work related insurance are not provided.

Important Dates:  

  • July 13: U.S. Embassy begins accepting Fellowship applications
  • August 8: Final deadline for Fellowship Application Submissions
  • August 9-17: Requests for invitation-only interviews will be issued. Interview instructions will be provided to selected candidates.
  • August 20-24: Announcement of Fellowship Award Recipient
  • Mid-September 2018 to mid-September 2019: Fellowship Period

How to Apply
: Please submit following required materials to no later than August 8, 2018,
(Email subject line: Application for Korean Fab Lab Fellow: NAME)

Review Criteria:

Selection will be made based on below review criteria:

  1. Grant Proposal
  2. Previous work experience, training, and education
  3. Interview


Thank you!