U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program
Eleven 2018-2019 NextGen Scholars were selected in June 2018 to participate in the 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program. These scholars were selected in a national competition. The awardees all displayed exemplary scholarship in wide-ranging disciplines, from political science, communication, Korean history, international relations, and education, to networking and security. The purpose of the NextGen program is to help emerging scholars with an interest in Korean studies to develop public policy skills as they are called upon to provide commentary and expertise on issues related to Korea. The Scholars will participate as a group in three sets of programs: 1) Washington D.C. for briefings with policymakers in the U.S. government; 2) Los Angeles for academic mentoring and media training; 3) Seoul for briefings with policymakers and exposure to media and opinion leaders.
This is a unique two-year program (non-resident) that 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 effectively engage with the media, participate in the policymaking process, gain experience as public intellectuals helping to bridge the scholarly and policy communities, and address issues of importance to the U.S.-Korea relationship.
The NextGen Scholars will be mentored by two renowned Korea specialists, program chairs Dr. Victor Cha of CSIS and Georgetown University and Dr. David Kang of the University of Southern California. The program will be further supported by senior advisory board made up of a distinguished group of American and Korean advisers with vast experience in academia, government, and the private sector.
The 2018-2019 NextGen Scholars program will achieve deeper and more vigorous dialogue and research on topics of immediate concern to the bilateral U.S.- Korea relationship as well as a range of issues that affect the two countries. A core objective of the program is to identify, nurture, and build a community of American public intellectuals across a wide range of sectors and facilitate policy-oriented research teams and projects.
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- Create a network of mid-career Korea specialists with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will make long-term contributions to the U.S.-Korea relationship.
- Help Korea specialists become more relevant to the policymaking process.
- Increase the visibility of young Korea specialists and provide opportunities for engagement with policymakers and the private sector.
- Encourage new Korea-related research and projects and collaboration among participants.
- NextGen Scholars will author an op-ed and film a video lecture (Korea Questions) as part of the program graduation.