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The Institute for Korean Studies offers a variety of programs to support Korean studies research by MU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

This year we are launching the inaugural IKS Research Symposium, what we hope will become an annual signature program of IKS. The Symposium is the capstone event that showcases original research on Korea by our Undergraduate and Graduate Fellows and faculty affiliates to the broader MU community. The Symposium provides participants an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue on issues related to Korea, as well as opportunities for students and scholars to receive feedback on their work and build their professional and presentation skills.

The Institute for Korean Studies Undergraduate Fellows Program selects outstanding undergraduates from across the university who are interested in conducting original research about Korea or Korea-related issues. Selected students will participate in research workshops during the fall and spring semesters, receive feedback from faculty mentors, and present their work in the IKS Research Symposium in the spring.

Benefits of the Program

  • Produce a 15-20 page research paper on any Korea or Korea-related issue of interest, which can serve as an excellent foundation for pursuing masters or doctoral degrees or research-related jobs after graduation
  • Close academic mentoring from MU faculty through research workshops
  • Opportunity to present in a professional research conference through the IKS Research Symposium
  • Opportunities to build leadership and management skills through IKS events
  • Priority invitations to IKS luncheons and dinners with IKS invited speakers and scholars

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Undergraduates of all majors, years, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must be in strong academic standing (above 3.0 GPA average)
  • IKS Undergraduate Fellows should attend at least 3 IKS events (excluding the Symposium)
  • Applications require a resume/CV and short answers for why you want to be an IKS Undergraduate Fellow and the research topic you are considering for your paper.

Apply online. Deadline for the 2020-21 Undergraduate Fellows Program is August 21, 2020.

The Institute for Korean Studies is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Graduate Fellows Program. Each year, we select excellent Ph.D. students from across disciplines whose research engages with Korea or Korea-related issues.

Benefits of the Program

  • Close mentorship from MU faculty through IKS graduate professionalization workshops
  • Present and receive feedback on ongoing research as guaranteed panelists in the IKS Research Symposium
  • Present research as part of the Young Scholars Series with the Gateway Korea Foundation
  • Priority consideration for teaching opportunities in Korean Studies
  • Priority invitations to luncheons or dinners with invited speakers and visiting scholars
  • Opportunities to build leadership and project management experience through IKS

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Any MU Ph.D. student is eligible to apply, regardless of discipline or year in program
  • All IKS Graduate Fellows must be willing to present their research at the IKS Research Symposium
  • IKS Graduate Fellows should attend at least 3 IKS events (excluding the Symposium)
  • Graduate Fellows are part of IKS staff. Fellows must be willing to take on leadership roles in the Institute’s outreach, programming, and organization of the IKS Research Symposium.


The Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri selects a small number of visiting scholars every year to be part of the MU IKS Visiting Scholars Program. Visiting scholars are expected to conduct independent research and actively participate in IKS events during their affiliation. Applicants must be self-financed for the duration of their fellowship.

IKS hosts manuscript review workshops for faculty or graduate students who would like feedback on unpublished academic manuscripts on Korea or that use Korea as a case. We consider manuscripts from all disciplines. Refreshments will be provided. To be considered, please send an abstract to