2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest

2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2022

2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest
2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest (credit: Fb @mofakr.eng)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding the "2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest" to inspire young people's interest and research motivation on exchanges and cooperation between Korea and Mekong countries.

Please check out the card news and the official website (thesiscontest2021.com) for further information. We look forward to your interest and support!



2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest


  • To inspire interest and research motivation among young people from Korea & 5 Mekong countries
  • To expand the research base to discover new areas of cooperation between Korea and the Mekong

Hosted by: 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs


  • Students enrolled in universities and graduate schools (master’s/ doctoral) or students on leave of absence (regardless of nationality)
  • Individuals or groups of 3 or less
    • When participating as a team, only one person should apply as the representative


The Future of Mekong-ROK cooperation


Politics & foreign affairs, economy & finance, environment & development, culture & art


  • Submission Period: 22 December 2021 ~ 28 February 2022
  • Announcement of award winners: mid-March 2022 (The specific date will be uploaded on the official website when decided.)
  • Presentation & award ceremony: The date will be notified individually
    • Award winners will be invited to present their papers.

How to apply

  • Online submission via the official website in thesiscontest2021.com
  • Required documents: paper file for the contest, annexed application form, certificate of enrollment
    • You can download the annexed application form in the “Submission” category.
    • The winner should submit the certificate of enrollment/leave of absence.
    • You can participate only if you agree to the terms and conditions of personal information collection and use, third-party copyright-related, consent to the attribution and use of works, and pledge to apply.


Category The no. of awards Reward Award
Grand Prize 1 KRW 3,000,000 The awardees will receive a certificate bearing the name of the ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Excellence Award 2 KRW 2,000,000
Participation Prize 5 KRW 1,000,000

※ Award details and the schedule may change depending on the circumstances.


  • Applicants must sign or consent to the Privacy Policy, the Third Party Copyright Policy, and the Application Pledge on the official website in order to participate in the contest.
  • The submitted paper will not be returned and may be edited and published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • The copyright of all submitted papers belongs to the applicants.
  • The paper should be the applicant’s own creation, and papers that have been submitted to other competitions, published in academic journals or paper collections, or presented as dissertations for a degree is NOT eligible for submission.
  • If any award-winning paper is found to have breached research ethics, the award will be withdrawn, along with the prize money.

Contact Information

Secretariat of the 2021-22 Mekong-ROK Exchange Year Student Paper Contest

TEL. +82-2-2671-1029

E-mail. dngmlwls8@hypers.kr


Guidelines for Thesis Submission and Preparation

  1. The paper should be written either in Korean or in English. Academic terms that first appear in the text should be put in parenthesis in the original language followed by its Korean or English translation.
  2. The manuscript should be about 100 pages of 200-square manuscript paper (approximately 15 pages in A4 paper) including footnotes, bibliography, tables, and figures. The font size should be 12 points for the main text and 11 points for footnotes.
    • Margins (A4): Top 20 mm / Bottom 15 mm / Left 30 mm / Right 30 mm
    • Header 15 mm / Footer 15 mm / Binding 0 mm
    • Main body
    • Font Style: 신명조 (Shinmyongjo) in HWP (OR Times New Roman in MS Word)
    • Size: 12 points / set width: 100% / letter-spacing: 0% / line spacing: 160% (double space in MS Word)
  3. A paper, when written in Korean, should be prepared in the order of title, author(s), contents, summary, keywords, main body, bibliography, title in English, author(s) in English, summary in English, keywords. When written in English, a paper should be in the order of title, author(s), contents, summary, keywords, main body, bibliography.
  4. A title should be written on the first page of the main body. There should be no such phrase in the body that may give a hint about the personal identity of the author(s) to judges for a fair screening process.
  5. The numbering of chapters, paragraphs, clauses, and items should follow the order of “I”, “1”, “1)”, and “(1).”
  6. The authors should use <“   ”> for short quotations in the main body, the indentation should be used for long quotations, and <“ ”> should be used when emphasizing a text.
  7. When citing the original text, the text could be used as it is (without changing the text) with the use of direct quotations.
  8. Numbers should be marked on the top of the tables and figures (e.g., Table 1-1, Fig. 1-1) and their sources should be cited below. The complete information should be put in a footnote.
  9. The footnote should be concise and used only when deemed necessary. The names, book titles, and article titles should be written in their original languages. When Chinese characters are included in the text, Hangul (Korean alphabet) should be used to replace them as a principle. The footnotes should be used according to the following rules:
    • When a book is first cited, the entire information including the name of the author, the title of the book (article), publication information (place of publication, publisher’s name, year of publication in case of a book; name, volume, and the number of a journal and a journal’s publication year and month in case of an article) and pages should be included in a footnote. When more than one book is cited in a footnote, they should be listed using semi-colons (;) without using a period.


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