GWIKS Research Assistant Fellowship

Each year, GW Institute for Korean Studies selects one student for the GWIKS Research Assistant Fellowship. The awardee receives full tuition up to 18 credits of tuition remission and a salaried research assistantship working with research, communications, and events implementation at the GW Institute for Korean Studies. For consideration, students must apply to an Elliott School graduate program for the fall semester before the deadline. Applicants must express regional interest in Korea, both on the application for admission and in their statement of purpose.  Selected recipients will be notified in mid-March with the admissions decision.


2020-2021 Recipient

Jean Hwang is a Master of Arts candidate for the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Asian Studies program. Prior to joining GW, she worked as the Government Affairs Assistant for the WateReuse Association. She also spent time in Korea interning for the UN Refugee Agency and the Korean National Assembly, where she exposed herself to relationships between international agreements and Korean politics. Jean’s primary interest is in US-Korea trade and economic diplomacy.



2019-2020 Recipient

Soeun Lee is an M.A. candidate for the Asian Studies program, specializing in Korea and International Political Economy. She focuses her current academic study on trans-pacific and inter-Korea relations. Soeun has served as a Director of Korean Affairs at the Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) for AY 2019-2020 and is now serving as a Director of Public Affairs for AY 2020-2021. She was a Graduate Research Assistant at GWIKS for AY 2019-2020 and has been working at the international development research and consulting firm in Korea since May 2020. She studied Economics and International Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to George Washington University.


2018-2019 Recipient

Grace Kim received her M.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2020. She received her B.A. in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the current legal disputes among East Asian countries and the history of U.S. – South Korea relations. She had co-authored an article on Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies (vol. 18 no. 2, 2018, pp. 225-244.) and is currently researching the implications of Japan-South Korea relations on U.S.-South Korea alliance.


2017-2018 Recipient

Kylan Toohey is a first-year MA student in the Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating in Asian Studies. She studied International Studies and Korean language at the University of Mississippi and enrolled at the Elliott School immediately after graduation in May 2017. She spent her junior year of undergrad abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, and focuses her current academic research on Korean modern history and development.

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