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KIEP Visiting Scholars Program

About the Program

The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) invites prominent researchers and academics to join its Visiting Scholars Program. In 2009, the program was launched with a view to advancing cross-border exchanges of knowledge, information, insight and expertise among scholars with different backgrounds. The duration of the program is one month and visiting scholars will reside and work in Sejong. Visiting scholars are expected to actively engage in networking and research activities during their visit to KIEP. KIEP will provide various supports to help visiting scholars achieve their goals and make the best out of their participation in the program.

Please see the program brochure for details.

Eligibility criteria

Foreign scholars in the field of international economics, emerging economies, economic policies and the like are welcome to apply. They should hold either i) a doctoral degree or ii) a Master's degree with at least 7 years of relevant professional experiences after obtaining the degree. Working knowledge of English is required. Korean citizens and Korean nationals with permanent residence status in foreign countries are not eligible to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

Visiting scholars should be able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities listed below.

  • conduct an independent research and produce a report on the research findings in the form of KIEP World Economy Brief. (required)
    • * The KIEP World Economy Brief (WEB) is a five-page English report on the analysis of current issues related to various topics including economic cooperation, trade, investment, employment, and structural reforms, which aims to draw policy implications for South Korea. For more information, refer to a sample WEB manuscript retrievable at the following link:
  • give a presentation on the research during a KIEP Visiting Scholar’s Seminar. (required)
  • give lectures at graduate schools in Korea on topics of the scholar’s choosing (optional)
  • participate in a meeting with Korean undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in the region or research area of the scholar (optional)
  • write an article on recent issues of the politics/economy/society of scholars’ country in the form of an EMERiCs column (optional)
  • engage in seminars, workshops, conferences and other appropriate events organized internally at KIEP or at relevant external events (optional)


The program offers visiting scholars the following benefits.

  • round-trip airfare for economy class and the most efficient route and visa application fees (to be reimbursed after arriving in Korea)
  • accommodation in Sejong
  • stipend for the cost-of-living in Sejong and research activities at KIEP
    • * The stipend will be approximately KRW 2,800,000 for a month of program duration
    • * The amount will vary depending on the exact duration of each scholar’s visit to KIEP and be determined in accordance with rules of the institute.
    • * The stipend will be provided in two installments, at the beginning and end of the program
  • insurance
  • a KIEP Mentor will be available for consultation in regard to publishing the WEB manuscript and networking in KIEP.

Application & Selection

KIEP accepts applications year-round and selections will be made on a half-yearly basis in the early June and December of the year. Please submit your application to by the end of May or November to be considered for a committee review. The application should include Application Form, Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Recommendation, and One Publication that represents the best research/academic performance of the applicant. Applicants will be notified whether their application has been successful in due course following a committee review.


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