Ninth Annual Writing Prize in Korean Studies

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The award carries a $1,000 cash prize.

The Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year in any discipline within the area of Korean studies, broadly defined. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall, and the first-place winner will receive a certificate and $1,000; Honorable Mention winner(s) will receive a certificate.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020
Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford students
Application Instructions: Submit the following items by email to John Groschwitz, CEAS Associate Director.

  • Current CV
  • One Korean studies paper/essay (minimum 20 pages double-spaced, Times 12pt., 1″ margins)
  • One recommendation letter from a Stanford professor (emailed by the professor directly to John Groschwitz)

  • Previous Prize Winners

    2019: Taehwa Hong, "North Korea in the Soviet-Albanian Dispute"
    2018: Sungmoon Lim, "Urban Design in the Age of Globalization: An Analysis of the Global Reception of Seoul's Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project"
    2017: Michael Lee, "North Korean Food Shortages, 1945-1946"
    2016: Joseph Seeley, "Frozen Paths, Fluid Barriers: The Seasonal Geographies of Yalu River Border Security, 1931-1945"
    2015: Benjamin Pham, "How and Why Did South Korea Transition to an Economic Model of Export-led Industrialization?"
    2014: Benjamin Lokshin, "Speech Levels in DPRK Society" (pp 124-135)
    2013: Hajin Jun, "Render unto Caesar?: Presbyterian Missionaries and the 1935 Shinto Shrine Controversy" (pp 130-138)
    2012: Jane Kim, "Globalization of Korean Food" (pp 91-99)