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 Wilson Center with the History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) 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:
Class of 2011-2012
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"
Class of 2012-2013
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"
Class of 2013-2014
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"
Class of 2014-2015
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"
Class of 2015-2016