Ewha Womans University, Division of Communication and Media (EWHA) and The Korean American Communication Association (KACA) jointly award outstanding research proposals focusing on Korea-related communication and/or media studies. A total of $3,500 will be awarded to the winning recipient(s). Ideally, one or two faculty-led projects (faculty as a PI) will be competitively selected to receive up to $3,500. The half of the award will be distributed at the beginning of the award cycle (August 2017) and the remaining half will be distributed at the completion of the study within two years (August 2019). The research findings should be presented at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC in 2018 or 2019.





All material must be submitted electronically to the Award Committee Chair, Dr. Joonghwa Lee (, by April 15, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.



Any topic that advances Korea-related communication and/or media research is eligible for the award. Proposals must emphasize contributions to relevant research streams and the Korean society in general. All methods, whether qualitative or quantitative, are welcomed.



The proposal should be submitted in a word document with the .doc extension, 12 points, Times New Roman, double-spaced with page numbers, 1-inch margin on each side. Otherwise, the proposal will be disqualified. Hard copies will not be accepted. The proposal should be no more than five pages excluding references, timeline, and other additional materials. It should include the following sections:

  • An overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit with Korea related communication and/or media research.
  • A brief literature review citing the most relevant articles and describing where the project fits with past research; This section should include the research questions and/or hypotheses, if applicable;
  • Proposed methods, with as much detail as possible;
  • A proposed timeline from inception of the project to presentation at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC in 2018 or 2019. Note: The project must be completed within two years from the date of the business meeting in which the first half of the award is granted.



Include a current curriculum vita for PI and Co-PIs and a detailed project budget. The proposed budget should be within $3,500, showing how the research funds would be used. Indirect costs, personal memberships, and subscriptions to software or journals will not be funded. If matching funds are promised by another source, please include a letter (or e-mail) of support from the department chair or other administrators responsible for those funds.



Any full-time faculty member who is currently teaching, researching or studying communication or media in North America, Korea, or elsewhere is eligible to apply. To be considered for the award, the PI should be a KACA member as of April 15, 2017. In other words, an applicant should be a KACA member at the time of a proposal submission. Members of the KACA Executive Committee (2015-2017) are not eligible to apply. NOTE: EACH SUBMITTER/AUTHOR IS LIMITED TO ONE PROPOSAL.



Half of the awarded funds will be distributed at the start of the project, and the other half will be awarded when the project is completed and presented at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC within the two-year deadline. Recipient(s) are required to submit an annual short progress report. Those who do not complete the project in two years from the date of award become ineligible for the additional funding. Proposals will be blindly reviewed by the selected reviewers, KACA Award Committee, and KACA Executive Committee. The committees reserve the right not to present the award.


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