The Understanding Korea 2019 Contest Call for Essays



The Understanding Korea 2019 Contest Call for Essays




We are pleased to announce the Understanding Korea 2019 Contest Call for Essays. Please note the following guidelines. The Center for International Affair at AKS is the home of the Understanding Korea Project, which seeks to correct inaccurate information on and improve contents about Korea in International textbooks.


1. Essay Themes



International Images of Korea

- Images of Korea in international instructional materials (International textbooks, Internet sites, etc.)

- Proposals on how to improve the image of Korea

Improvements using Understanding Korea Materials

- Improvements using Understanding Korea materials and suggestions for developing new materials

Website on winners of 2013-2015, 2018 competition:


Understanding Korea materials published by AKS can be requested for the purpose of this contest. Available at the site below.

(CEFIA Website: → Understanding Korea materials, Publications)


2. Eligibility : Any person except Koreans living in the Korea


3. Submission : Fill out the application form and submit by e-mail to

○ Language: Korean or English

○ Essay Length: About 3 pages in A4 format

Download the application form from information bulletins on the Academy of Korean Studies website or Center for International Affairs website and submit (only the official form will be accepted).
- Website:,

Submitted essays will not be returned, and CEFIA will obtain the copyright.

Applications can be submitted using either Theme 1, Theme 2, or both.


4. Prizes


Number of winners


Grand Prize


Awarded by the Minister

Prize worth 900,000 won

Excellence Prize


Awarded by AKS President

Prize worth 300,000 won

Participation Prize


Awarded by the Center Director

Prize worth 150,000 won

Taxes related to the acceptance of and use of the prize are the winners’ responsibility.

All applicants will receive a souvenir (First 100 applicants only)


5. Application Period : June 1 - July 31, 2019

Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.


6. Announcement of winners : September 20, 2019

The result of the contest will be posted on the Center's website,

( and all winners will be notified individually.


7. Contact : The Center for International Affairs of the Academy of Korean Studies

○ Email:

○ Tel: +82-31-739-9731, 9725 / Fax: +82-31-739-9726

All inquiries about the contest must be made by email.