Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship

Grant Announcement:
2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship
Application Deadline: July 27, 2018

*This Grant has been awarded to Mr. Conor O’Malley.

Fellowship Summary:

The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from U.S. citizens for its American Center Korea (ACK) Maker Space Fab Lab 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 Fab Lab Fellow contributes to ACK’s premier role as a hub in Korea for creative art and technology exploration using simple materials and programs.  The program also aims to increase women’s participation in STEAM fields, encourage diversity in the workforce, and build awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Makerspaces, sometimes referred to as “fab labs,” are creative DIY spaces where people gather to create, invent, and learn in an informal environment.  At American Center Korea, program participants have access to a 3D printer, laser cutter, VR (virtual reality), design software, craft and hardware supplies, tools, and more, to encourage learning and innovation.

The Fab Lab Fellow will play an integral role in fostering STEAM interest through makerspace activities and by sharing his/her expertise and experiences with Korean audiences.  The U.S. Embassy is reaching out to next-generation Koreans interested in a hands-on introduction to the resources for designing and fabricating smart systems, including 3-D printing, laser cutting, and related fields.  The Fab Lab Fellow will regularly lead the ACK’s instructional “ART-TECH” program as well as other public outreach “making” programs for Korean audiences.  Ideal applicants include graduate and postgraduate students interested in sharing their passion for technology and innovation in a professional, English-speaking setting.

Goals and Objectives:

The American Fab Lab Fellow will hold programs 2-5 times per week (2-3 hours per program, with 20-40 participants) either on American Center Korea premises or at outside ACK partner organizations, focusing on hands-on activities, makerspace design, presentations, self-publishing, coding, robotics, 3D printing, craftworks, and/or other emerging technologies.  Specific goals include:

  • To introduce visitors to fabrication tools and processes while encouraging creativity and innovation;
  • To introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) principles to young audiences in a fun and easily accessible way;
  • To provide accurate information about the U.S. high-tech and art industry and potential partnerships;
  • To develop and lead informative and engaging classes on various topics, including 3D printing, coding, robotics, fabrication, modeling, and innovation. (2-4 programs per week, 1-2 hours per program);
  • To write and publish the ACK Makerspace Program book;
  • To appear in ACK Makerspace program photos and videos on the Embassy website, ACK social media sites, and other makerspace promotions for educational, information, and public diplomacy purposes.

: U.S. citizenship is required, must be eligible to receive a Korean E-8 visa; B.A. or B.S. (engineering/science/art/design major preferred); graduate degree preferred; highly developed presentation and teaching skills; computer skills; interpersonal skills; science or engineering-related program writing skills.

Language: All programs are conducted in English.

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

Program 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.

Period and Financial Support:

  • Period: 12 months
  • Grant ceiling amount: not to exceed approximately $50,000. This total amount $50,000 includes honorarium, international airfare (round trip between the U.S. and Korea), local travel cost to conduct regional programs, health insurance, materials, and visa fee if applicable.  Housing is not provided.

Important Dates:

July 13: U.S. Embassy begins accepting Fellowship Applications

July 27: Deadline for Fellowship Application Submissions

July 30-August 3: Requests for invitation-only virtual interviews will be issued. Interview instructions will be provided to selected candidates.

August 20-24: Announcement of Fellowship Award Recipient

Mid-September 2018 – Mid-September 2019: Fab Lab Fellowship Period

Application and Deadline
:  Please submit the following required materials to  no later than July 25, 2018:  (email subject line should be – American Fab Lab Fellow: Your 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!