2019 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest (Fully Funded to study trips to ASEAN and Korea)

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Application Deadline: 31 October 2019 (Korea Standard Time)

With the beginning of dialogue partnership in 1989, ASEAN and Korea have become strong partners in all aspects of political-security, economy and socio-culture. ASEAN is Korea’s second largest trading partner and third largest investment destination, while Korea is ASEAN’s fifth largest trading partner. ASEAN is also the most visited overseas destination for Koreans, and the people-to-people exchanges between the two regions has surpassed 11 million in 2018. With this strengthening ASEAN-Korea ties, the dialogue partnership is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit is to be held in Korea for the third time, followed by the Inaugural Mekong-ROK Summit.

Against such backdrop, the ASEAN-Korea Centre, an inter-governmental organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Korea, is hosting the 2019 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest inviting students of ASEAN and Korea to share their perspectives and knowledge on ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea relations. The young perspectives of the youth of ASEAN and Korea will contribute toward building a true, genuine and lasting partnership.

THEME (select one of the following themes)

1. ASEAN and Korea in the Emerging Indo-Pacific

With 65% of the world population and over 60% of global GDP, the Indo-Pacific has come into the limelight as it has also become a main theatre of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the United States’ free and open Indo-Pacific strategy. As regional entities, ASEAN and Korea share the regional outlook which naturally leads them for cooperation. In what ways can ASEAN and Korea increase their cooperation to navigate through the tides of the emerging Indo-Pacific?

2. ASEAN Connectivity and Beyond

ASEAN visions “to achieve a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated region that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and a greater sense of Community” as proclaimed in the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025. A well-connected ASEAN will bring its goods, services and people together, creating a foundation for a more resilient, competitive and prosperous ASEAN Community. What are the key areas ASEAN should focus on to fulfill its connectivity visions? How can ASEAN Connectivity achieve a regional integration that will connect beyond the ASEAN region?

3. Toward a Reciprocal Cultural Exchanges: ASEAN Wave in Korea

With increasing interactions and socio-cultural exchanges between ASEAN and Korea, the perception of ASEAN has been expanding in Korea. However, while Korean cultures are widely spread in the ASEAN region with the tides of the ‘Korean Wave’, understanding of ASEAN’s unique and diverse cultures are still in the growing stage in Korea. How can we effectively promote ASEAN’s unique and diverse cultures in Korea? In what ways can ASEAN and Korea cooperate to facilitate and promote the ‘ASEAN Wave’ in Korea?

4. 30 Years of ASEAN-Korea Relations: Retrospect and Prospect

The ASEAN-Korea relations began with the establishment of the sectoral dialogue partnership in 1989. Since then, the relationship has expanded and deepened to become a strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in 2010. This year, ASEAN and Korea celebrate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue partnership. How has the ASEAN-Korea relations evolved over the past 30 years? How should the dialogue partnership progress forward?


The contest invites all ASEAN and Korean undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in education institutions based in ASEAN or Korea.


English or Korean

*Abstract must be written in English for both English and Korean essays.


Submission: 31 October 2019 (Korea Standard Time) [Extended from 1 September]

Winner Announcement: 9 December 2019

Required Documents:

1) Essay

2) Abstract

3) Application form


Max. 4,000 words or 10 pagesTimes New Roman12-point1.5 interlinearMax. 3,000 words or 10 pages한컴바탕11-point1.5 interlinear
*Abstract: 500 words / 1 page

– Essays must be submitted and formatted in Microsoft Word.

– In-text citations must be made in APA (sixth edition).


– 10 ASEAN winners (1 winner from each ASEAN Member State)

– 5 Korean winners


– Winners will be invited to an academic workshop to present their essays.

– Winners will be offered an opportunity for study trips to ASEAN and Korea (4 nights/5 days):

a) Study Trip to Korea – Visits to the ASEAN-Korea Centre, universities, research institutes, and cultural sites in Korea.

b) Study Trip to ASEAN – Visits to the universities, research institutes and cultural sites in Viet Nam.

*Travel expenses will be covered by the ASEAN-Korea Centre.


All eligible entries received will be assessed by a qualified panel of judges chosen by the organizers.


– All requirements must be submitted electronically by the submission deadline on

– Reference materials must be properly cited. About the plagiarism policy, refer to

– Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

– Only original and unpublished essays will be considered for assessment.

– For any inquiries, contact us at

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest

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