Call for Applications: U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program

The Cen­ter for Strate­gic and Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Kore­an Stud­ies Insti­tute invite appli­ca­tions for the U.S.-Korea NextGen Schol­ars Pro­gram, a two-year pro­gram sup­port­ed in part by the Korea Foun­da­tion.

The U.S.-Korea NextGen Schol­ar Pro­gram pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties for mid-career Korea spe­cial­ists to dis­cuss issues of impor­tance to U.S.-Korea rela­tions with pol­i­cy­mak­ers, gov­ern­ment offi­cials, and opin­ion lead­ers in Korea and the Unit­ed States; learn how to engage effec­tive­ly with the media; par­tic­i­pate in the pol­i­cy­mak­ing process; and gain expe­ri­ence as pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als help­ing to bridge the schol­ar­ly and pol­i­cy com­mu­ni­ties and address issues of impor­tance to the U.S.-Korea rela­tion­ship.

Dr. Vic­tor Cha and Dr. David Kang will serve as senior advi­sors, along with a group of senior schol­ars in both Korea and the Unit­ed States.

Select­ed par­tic­i­pants must write a brief paper and com­plete a video lec­ture as part of the pro­gram grad­u­a­tion and are required to attend pro­gram meet­ings in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. (fall 2015), Los Ange­les, Calif. (spring 2016), and Korea (sum­mer 2016).

Appli­cants must have a pro­fes­sion­al inter­est in Korea and plans for long-term engage­ment with Korea, be at mid-career lev­el (sev­er­al years of rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence), have a basic knowl­edge of the Kore­an lan­guage, and be a U.S. cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent.

For pro­gram infor­ma­tion and the appli­ca­tion, vis­it the pro­gram Web site at The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Sep­tem­ber 25, 2015. Appli­ca­tions should be sub­mit­ted via e-mail to

Ques­tions about the pro­gram and appli­ca­tions may be sent to Andy Lim at