Graduate students encouraged to apply for awards for their research related to Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace by KeunJeongMoon

York University graduate students conducting research on topics related to Korea or the Korean diaspora are encouraged to apply for two new awards, each valued at $12,500.

The Dr. Sangdeok Woo and Mrs. Kwisoon Lim Woo Memorial Graduate Award will support a graduate student undertaking research on the topics of Korean history, culture or society. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and resident of Ontario, and must demonstrate financial need.

Dr. Woo, one of Korea’s most distinguished scholars in legal medicine, laid a foundation for the development of the country’s National Institute of Scientific Investigation. He was also a dedicated attending professor for 30 years at his alma mater, Yonsei University in Seoul.

Dr. Woo and his family also established the Young-Rahn Woo Memorial Graduate Award in loving memory of their wife and mother. The award is open to graduate students conducting research in the Korean language or cultural studies or whose research may require them to travel to Korea. Preference will be given to students in visual arts, but in the event that there are no such candidates available, consideration will be extended to graduate students studying a topic in the humanities or fine arts (especially visual arts) elsewhere in Asia. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to community volunteerism.

The application deadline for both awards is Monday, Feb. 9, at 4pm.

For more information and application details, visit the funding and awards page on the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) website or email

To learn more about other graduate student awards for language acquisition and fieldwork offered by YCAR, visit the York Centre for Asian Research website.