KDI School's 3rd Research Proposal Competition for Graduate students in Korea
- Date 2022-06-09 16:35
- CategoryResearch and Education
Introduction of Office of Development Research and International Cooperation (ODRIC)
KDI School’s Office of Development Research and International Cooperation (ODRIC) is dedicated to sharing Korea's unique development experience and public policy strategies with the global community. As part of its knowledge sharing initiatives, ODRIC conducts scholarly research and offers short-term training programs to development practitioners and policy officials from around the world. The Office conducts and promotes in-depth joint research on Korea's development experience with international organizations and renowned research institutions from around the world to ensure a more comprehensive, cross-national perspective. The findings are considered a public good and are made available via the KDI School's K-Developedia database, which was launched to share the school's knowledge sharing activities with the international community. The research utilizes theoretical and practical analytical tools, such as impact evaluations on development cooperation projects, and is disseminated to partner institutes and countries to promote evidence-based policymaking.
3rd Research Proposal Competition for Graduate Students in 2022
The Office of Development Research and International Cooperation (ODRIC) at KDI School will organize the 3rd Research Proposal Competition for Graduate Students in 2022. The purpose of the competition is to foster research on development cooperation projects and impact evaluation/assessment by early-career researchers and graduate students.
The selection of the research proposals will be based on the originality of the subject, the importance of research contents, the appropriateness of research methods, the utilization of research results, etc., through the deliberations of the internal committee.
Benefits for the Accepted Proposals
Following the successful acceptance of the research proposal, KDI School will provide the writers of selected research proposals with research funds of up to 25 million won. Early-career researchers and graduate students will also receive guidance from experts in different domains. Eventually, the best proposals will be formulated into a research proposal and will be published as working papers in KDI School's Development Studies Series.
The selected research proposals will be guided by the experts throughout the research process by interim reports, seminars, and evaluations. The best research proposal will receive 5 million won in research funds. There will be 2 outstanding research proposals that will receive 3 million won each. Lastly, four encouragement prizes of 2 million won each will be awarded.
History of Research Proposal Competition for Graduate Students
Previously, KDI School chose eight research proposals for the first and second Research Proposal Competitions for Graduate Students in 2020 and 2021, respectively. The majority of the proposals were converted into working papers and published in KDI School's Development Studies Series.
Sehoon Kim's PhD Journey from Research Proposal Competition 2021
The KDI School News Center also reached out to Sehoon Kim, who received a special prize last year for excellence in his research proposal and working paper. Sehoon Kim is also a Spring 2022 PhD student at KDI School. On asking about his experience of the research contest, he responded that,
KDI was familiar to me since my major is economics. From my advisors who worked at KDI, I got a lot of information on what kind of research KDI does and the role KDI plays in South Korea.
In the meantime, I saw a KDIS 2021 Research Proposal Competition poster on the graduate school's bulletin board, and I applied with a paper titled "The Effect of New Expressway Interchange on Manufacturing Productivity: Evidence from South Korea," which was derived from one of the parts of my master's thesis. When I was in the master's course, winning the KDIS Research Proposal Competition was very helpful in that I could not only receive financial support but also improve the quality of my paper through the advisor's feedback. In addition, the KDIS Research Proposal Competition was a good motivation in that it made me write a paper intensively because it requested a working paper within a year.
After the research proposal competition, I finally decided to enroll in the Ph.D. program in Public Policy at KDIS because I felt that KDIS has a research-friendly environment and KDIS is big enough to get interdisciplinary advice from professors representing various fields. It's only been one semester since I entered the school, but I really enjoy my campus life, and I look forward to the future at KDIS.
The KDI School encourages all graduate students studying in Korea to take advantage of the academic resources and professional development opportunities the KDI School offers to students studying policy and related areas. The deadline for receiving the research proposals will be July 31, 2022. For more information, visit the website of the ODRIC or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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