Since 2011, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has partnered with the Korea Foundation, Seoul, to host Korean students enrolled in advanced degree programs as part of a Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Program. Each year, the program provides three students the opportunity to spend up to six months at the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy conducting advanced research on an important public policy issue or a topic in international history.

The Korea Foundation Junior Scholars are selected through a competitive application process. In accepting a Woodrow Wilson Center residential appointment, Korea Foundation Junior Scholars become part of a community of scholars whose collegial interactions with each other, and with the Washington policy community, characterize the Center's unique environment. While at the Wilson Center, Korea Foundation Junior Scholars carry out a full schedule of rigorous research and writing based on the topic outlined in the research proposal submitted at the time of application. Prior to concluding their term at the Wilson Center, the Korea Foundation Junior Scholars are required to present the findings of their research at an event open to the public.

The Korea Foundation was established in 1991 by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea with the aim to of enhancing the image of Korea in the world and promoting academic and cultural exchange programs.

A full list of current and past Korea Foundation Junior Scholars, including the titles of their final research presentations, is provided below:

2018-2019 Cohort

Yee Rem Kim, “My Brother is My Enemy: North Korean Soldiers and their Perception of the Other during the Korean War

Hye Jin Lee, “Negotiating New Womanhood in North Korea, 1945-1960”

Sung Woo Lim, "The Power of Paper Tiger - Nuclear Ambition of China and Its Impact Toward Korea - Japan Normalization"

2017-2018 Cohort

 Bo Kyung Kim,"Accountability Mechanism for the Post-Land Reform Consolidation in the State building Period: In Search of Empirical Utility of the East Asian Model for Developing Countries"

 Minjeong Ko, "Comparison of the aid of North Korea and North Vietnam from the Soviet Union in 1950-1960s"

 Suna Jeong, “Interactive and Iterative Process of Aid Allocation Decision: A Historical Comparison of US Aid Allocation to South Korea between under Rhee Syngman and under Park Chunghee Administration”

2016-2017 Cohort

Min Ji Kim, "Nordpolitik: Road to Pyongyang through Moscow"

Ui Seon (Diana) Kang, "A Comparative Study of Perceptions of the Two Koreas toward the Fall of Saigon"


 Heajin Kim, "North Korea's Nuclear Obsession: How the Kim Regime Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

Yoonjeong You, “Are North Korean Defectors ‘Real’ Refugees? ‘Persecution’ under the Three Kims’ Regimes”

2015-2016 Cohort

Su Jong Hong"Anti-Americanism and Nationalism in North Korea"

Yoo Ri Kang, "Korean Reunification from a Psychological Perspective: The Importance and Process of Therapy"

Kyuhyun Park, "Western Perceptions of North Korea versus North Korean Perceptions of the West"

2014-2015 Cohort

Hwal Min Jin,"Southeast Asian Responses to Ascension to SEATO"


Chong Min Kim"Divergent Path of Economic Development of the Two Koreas since the 1970's: Focusing on the Networks of Trade, Finance and Technology"

Hyo Won Shin, "Political Reform of North Korea and Myanmar under Chinese Influence: A Comparative Study"


 Seung Mo Kang, "British Leadership’s Decision to Exclude South Korea from the List of Signatories for the Treaty of Peace with Japan and the Consequent Solidification of Cold War Order in East Asia"

2013-2014 Cohort

Misun Kim"Nationalism in Korea and the Socialist Constitution of 1972"

Phoebe Woorim Moon, "Threat Perception on Personal Level during the Cuban Missile Crisis"


Jihoon Chun,"North Korean Perceptions and Approaches Toward the Korean War and the Reunification of Korea during the Cold War Era and in Recent Years"

2012-2013 Cohort 

Seokwon Kim, "Syngman Rhee's Anti-Communism and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Ideology"

Hee Young Shin, "Nuclear Deterrence: Proliferation and Stability in Northeast Asia" 

Jung Joo Kwon, "How Perception Dictates Actions in Ambiguous Situations: Game Theory Analysis of the Third North Korean Nuclear Crisis"


2011-2012 Cohort

 Chaeryung Lee, “The Routinization of Kim Il Sung’s Charismatic Authority and Kim Jong Il’s Rise to Power”

 Ria Chae, "The Axe Murder Incident of 1976: A Case Study in North-South Korean Competition"

Yuree Kim, "North Korean Calculations behind the Blue House Raid and the USS Pueblo Incident"