International Institute of Korean Studies

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Upcoming Events

International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies

The ‘International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies’ will be held at the UCLan during 25 – 26 June 2018. Prominent academics across the world are coming to the workshop to discuss current state of research for global Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies. There will be a roundtable discussion on the similarities of the two fields and how each can learn from the other, by following the main presentations.

In this workshop, both the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS) and the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be launched as well.

For more details, please make an inquiry to Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU (

Linking the Academic Research into Policy and Practice: North Korea and Beyond

The first roundtable series of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be held at the UCLan on 2 July 2018. In its first session, participants will talk about the roles of stakeholders in North Korea development, while they will discuss the future directions of Korea Peninsula and beyond in its second session. In session 3, all of the participants will discuss how academic research can have impact in policy and practice.

Participants will be: Mike Cowin (Research Analyst for Korea at UK FCO); John Nilsson-Wright (Senior Research Fellow of Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House); Robert Kelly (Professor at Pusan National University); Virginie Grzelczyk (Senior Lecturer at Aston University); Ed Griffith (Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire); Benedict Rogers (East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide); Sebastien Berger (Chief of Seoul Bureau at AFP); Niki Alsford (Director of International Institute of Korean Studies at University of Central Lancashire); and Sojin Lim (Chair of NEPCAP).

If you want to attend the roundtable, please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Chair of the NEPCAP (

The Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will have its first roundtable event on “Linking the Academic Research into Policy and Practice: North Korea and Beyond” will be held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, United Kingdom on 2 July 2018.

More details can be found here

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Dr Sojin Lim (, in order to reserve your seat.


Lecturer Position in Korean Studies

We are recruiting one lecture in Korean Studies (Social Sciences).

Lecturer is equivalent to Assistant Professor outside UK and Commonwealth countries.

Deadline is 12 August 2018.

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Lecturer Position in Asia Pacific Studies

We are recruiting two lecturer positions in Asia Pacific Studies. Deadline is 8 July 2018.

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Associate Lecturer Position in Korean

We are recruiting two associate lecturer positions in Korean. Deadline is 8 July 2018.

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Scholarship Opportunity for MA Asia Pacific Studies or MA North Korean Studies at UCLan

Are you creative, analytical and ambitious?

The School of Language and Global Studies is looking for talented students who are interested in our MA courses in Asia Pacific Studies or North Korean Studies. One applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver.

This opportunity is open to all current and former UCLan students graduating no later than July 2018 who want to continue their study at MA level with us. The scholarship is open to any nationality but will be given only at the Home/EU student rate.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship.

Application requirements:

  • A good undergraduate academic performance (minimum 2:1) in any subject
  • Good undergraduate dissertation result (minimum 2:1)
  • A plan for MA dissertation (500 words)

To apply, please send an email including your undergraduate transcript, your 500-word plan for the MA dissertation and the name of at least one referee, to Dr Sojin Lim ( The title of the email should be “[MA Scholarship] APS/NKS (delete as appropriate) your full name”.

Application deadline: 9th July 2018

A Post-Doctoral Research Position in Korean Studies at our Partner Institution!

We are pleased to share a Post-Doctoral position opening in Korean Studies at our partner institution, the Oriental Institute (OI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. More details.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Dr Tana Dluhosova (, Project Coordinator of the Power research platform at the OI.

Great opportunities to be a part of UCLan student delegations in Korean Studies!

We are currently recruiting 2-3 volunteer student coordinators who will work for the Delegations for Dialogue (DFD) on the UCLan campus.

Delegations for Dialogue (DFD) is an NGO that organises travelling symposiums, fact-finding programs and sports & cultural diplomacy missions within important regions, often divided by conflict, with the aim of facilitating dialogue and promoting mutual understanding.

DFD provides future generations of leaders with the opportunity to engage directly with international affairs, particularly with issues related to North and South Koreas.

DFD also organises conferences and events locally within our growing network of university campus associations located around the world. Find out more about DFD.

For more details, please contact Dr Jihye Kim (, Associate Lecturer at UCLan.

PhD Recruitment

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) is welcoming prospect PhD candidates who will be involved in our policy research projects.

The role of the BBC on the Korean Peninsula: contact Dr Niki Alsford (

Marshall-like Plan to North Korea and its development: contact Dr Sojin Lim (

Bill Skillend Prize

The British Association of Korean Studies (BAKS) is extremely pleased to announce the Bill Skillend Prize 2018.

This prize is awarded in commemoration of the late Professor Bill Skillend to an undergraduate student submitting an outstanding dissertation on a Korea-related topic. Professor Bill Skillend was a pioneer in the study of Korean language and literature and responsible for the introduction of its instruction in Britain.

In memory of the late Professor Bill Skillend, a sum of up to £200 is available as Prize money.

The competition is open to any undergraduate student based at British universities who would like to present for consideration a dissertation/Final Project/Independent Study Project equivalent to 30 CATS/credits on a Korea-related topic. The text should be typewritten, and not exceed 12,000 words.

For UCLan students, as we have 20 CATS or 40 CATS, BAKS is aware of our system, and thus you are still encouraged to submit regardless of the CAT score. In you submission, it would be helpful if you include a cover page detailing the CAT score and course title.

The submitted work should be no more than 4 months old at the closing date, and must be submitted as an electronic (pdf) version to Prof Hazel Smith, and cc’ed to BAKS President, Charlotte Horlyck

Submission deadline 31st August 2018

All undergraduate students studying at British universities are eligible to apply.