2024 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest

March 26, 2024

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The ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) is pleased to call for proposals for the ‘2024 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest’!

In collaboration with Pukyong National University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Management of the National University of Laos(TBC), AKC will host the ‘2024 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest’ under the theme of 'Way Forward to Enhance ASEAN-Korea Relations in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) Era'. 

 AKC invites graduate and undergraduate students of ASEAN and Korean nationalities to the Contest and looks forward to receiving proposals. You may refer to attachments for more details and requirements:

1. AKC General Guidelines

View: https://www.aseankorea.org/synap/skin/doc.html?fn=BD_202403200356035280&rs=/upload_data/asean/upfilePath/synap/result/

Organized by

ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC)

Academic Partnership with

Pukyong National University (PKNU), [TBC] National University of Laos (NUOL)

Supported by

ASEAN Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ROK), ASEAN University Network


Community-centered relations continue to be the focal to the ASEAN-Korea partnership.  Particularly, this has provided vast opportunities for greater participation and engagement for youths in both regions to contribute towards solidifying the partnership between ASEAN and Korea and promoting its integration. As the future leaders of the ASEAN-Korea community and potential beneficiaries of a sustainable ASEAN-Korea partnership, it is critical for youth to have avid interests in emerging issues or ongoing developments relevant to ASEAN-Korea relations, fostering deeper understanding and possibly contributing to bridging perception gaps. The concept of community is also emphasized specifically in the Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative (KASI), the ROK’s regional strategic framework tailored to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). To realize these efforts and synergies built in KASI and AOIP, the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) in collaboration with Pukyong National University (PKNU) and the National University of Laos (NUOL), is hosting the ‘2024 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest’. The Contest aims to provide an avenue for students to thoroughly conduct research and share their knowledge and insights on ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea relations-related matters.

We are inviting graduate and undergraduate students of ASEAN and Korean nationalities to participate in the Contest by submitting original, yet coherent essays on offering the way forward to further strengthen ASEAN- Korea relations and cooperation towards a more sustainable partnership. Interested applicants are highly recommended to work with the guidance of an academic advisor when writing both the proposal and the full-developed essay, individually.


Way Forward to Enhance ASEAN-Korea Relations in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) Era.

In 2024, bolstering youth’s active engagement continues to remain one of the priority cooperation areas. At the 24th ASEAN-ROK Summit last September, the Leaders emphasized and recognized the pivotal role of youth exchanges in fostering mutual understanding and trust between ASEAN and Korea. This echoes ROK’s aspiration to cement participation and engagement with the youth population. More importantly, 2024 is a special year as it observes a commemoration of the 35th anniversary of ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Relations, with an anticipation to the elevation of the ASEAN-Korea Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, alongside the 15th anniversary of the AKC's establishment. In this milestone year, the AKC remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering youth to shape the future relationship between ASEAN and Korea. By inviting prospective students to express their fresh and original ideas, the AKC is actively promoting youth engagement and empowerment in taking the lead and shaping the pathway forward in further strengthening ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea Relations in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Era.


The Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.) of both ASEAN or Korean nationality:

  • Applicants must submit a proposal as an individual.
  • Applicants must submit a recommendation form approved by their academic advisor.


Submissions must only be made in English.

Submission Guide

Link: https://forms.gle/PwRpqGuxg4VGtQkp9

Process and Schedule FY2024 (TBC)

Stages Date (2024) Note
Proposal stage: Submission and Evaluation
Submission Deadline April 22
  • Submi6 by 6 PM (KST)
Proposal Screening May 14
  • Refer to the Evaluation below
Announcement April 23 – May 10
  • Announcement will be made via individual email.
  • Only selected proposals are subject to essay stages.
Essay stage: Submission and Evaluation
Submission Deadline July 7 Submit by 6 PM (KST)
Evaluation July 9 – August 2 Refer to the Evaluation below
Announcement August 7
  • Publi9 announcement will be made on the AKC website - Winners will receive an individual email
Award Ceremony, Presentation, and Study Visit (ROK and ID)
2024 Annual Conference of KASEAS at PKNU (Sideline event) August 31 (TBC)
  • Gra0d prize winners will have the opportunity to present their winning essays at the 2024 Annual Conference of KASEAS at PKNU
  • Grand prize winners will submit a PPT
  • Detailed instructions will be provided before the Conference
Study Visit End of August – September (TBC) Study visits to ROK and ID


All eligible entries received will be assessed by a qualified panel of judges from ASEAN and Korea

Evaluation Criteria /Rate
Research Question
Importance – contributions to promoting the ASEAN-Korea relationship
Puzzle – originality and creativity, hard to explain with pre-existing studies
Relevance – proper answer (hypothesis) to the research question
Logic – convincing causal explanations
Methodology Evidence
Appropriate methods to offer evidence Good evidence to support the argument
Policy Suggestions
Realistic, feasible suggestions and recommendations based on the analysis of the causal mechanism
Sources and References
Proper use of APA 7th edition
Appropriate use of references, including in-text citations and bibliography

Required Documents for Submission

Stages Documents
Proposal stage ① Proposal (refer to Proposal Guidelines)
② Application Form and Consent Form
③ Recommendation Form (by Academic Advisor)
④ Copy of Student ID card or Enrollment Certificate
Essay stage ① Essay (with abstract)
  • Max. 5,000 words (excluding abstract & references) 
  • Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 interlinear
  • Using Microsoft Word

Essay Stage

  • Selected proposals will be announced via individual emails.
  • Additional guidelines for the essay stage will be provided upon announcement of selected proposals.


Prize No. of Winner(s) Award
Grand Prize 2 Study visits to ROK and 1 AMS*
Excellence Prize 2 KRW 1,000,000
Merit Prize 2 KRW 500,000

* [Tentative] Indonesia (ASEAN Secretariat, etc)

Grand Prize Winners will have the opportunity to present their winning essays at the 2024 KASEAS Annual Conference at PKNU


  • All requirements must be submitted via Google Form (refer to “Submission Method” p.2)
  • For any inquiries, please contact us at essay@aseankorea.org

2. AKC Proposal Guidelines

View: https://www.aseankorea.org/synap/skin/doc.html?fn=BD_202403200356035331&rs=/upload_data/asean/upfilePath/synap/result/

3. AKC Application & Consent Form

View: https://www.aseankorea.org/synap/skin/doc.html?fn=BD_202403200356035362&rs=/upload_data/asean/upfilePath/synap/result/

4. AKC Academic Recommendation Form

View: https://www.aseankorea.org/synap/skin/doc.html?fn=BD_202403200356035393&rs=/upload_data/asean/upfilePath/synap/result/


  • Call for proposals is only for proposal submission. Selected proposals will be notified via email on May 14, 2024.
  • Only selected proposals will proceed to the essay stage.
  • All participants who enter the essay stage will receive a certificate of participation.
  • For any inquiries, please contact us at the Information and Data Unit, Email: essay@aseankorea.org

Register Online Briefing Session HERE: forms.gle/Xdnk9RtEMGon9Kyq8

For more information, please refer to the Video below: youtube.com/watch?v=_NHJj5Q6zps

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