• Title : Mekong-ROK Essay Contest
  • Purpose
    - To inspire interest and research motivation among young people and to discover new areas of Mekong-ROK cooperation
    - To discover private cooperation cases that are contributing to building neighborly relations
  • Hosted by : Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Academic essay

Photo Essay


  • Ways to increase Mekong-ROK Cooperation in tackling the challenges facing the international community, such as digital transformation, supply chain diruptions, climate change, and energy and food security
  • Strategies to boost cultural and tourism cooperation
  • Activities that contributed to boosting Mekong-ROK relations or stories and episodes that show how close the five Mekong countries and the ROK are


  • Students enrolled in universities or graduate schools or students on leave of absence, regardless of nationality
    ※ Students can participate as Individuals or in a team of three or less
  • Anyone interested in the five Mekong countries and the ROK, regardless of nationality

Length and Languages

  • English
  • Max. 15 pages or 6,000 words
  • Abstract : 500 words or 1 page
  • References type(bibliography) : APA format (7th edition)
  • English
  • Max. 1 page or 500 words
  • 1 photo is needed for each work. the size of the photo should be 1,920*1,080px (or larger)
    ※ The original copy of the photo should also be submitted that taken by themselves.

※ The total number of awards could change if entries failed to meet the required criteria


- Submission Period : October 1, 2022 (12:00)~ November 20, 2022 (24:00)

- Announcement : December 2022 (Specific date will be posted on the website when decided.)

- Presentation & award ceremony : Late December 2022 (The date will be notified individually.)

※ Timeline may change depending on the circumstances.

How to apply

- Submit via www.mekong-rok-essay.kr

※ certificate of enrollment(or leave of absence) is required for the academic essay applicants

※ All participants must agree to the terms and conditions of personal information collection and use, third-party copyright-related, consent to the attribution and use of works, and pledge to apply to participate in the contest.


Academic Essay

Photo Essay

No. of teams(reward)

No. of persons(reward)

Grand Prize

1 (KRW 3,000,000)

1 (KRW 1,500,000)

Second Prize

2 (KRW 2,000,000)

2 (KRW 1,000,000)

Third Prize

3 (KRW 1,000,000)

3 (KRW 500,000)

※ Winners will be invited to present their essays at the award ceremony.

- For foreign residents(Grand and Second prize winners), some of the expenses for visiting Korea will be covered.

※ Award details may change depending on the circumstances.


- Applicants must agree to the Privacy Policy, the Third Party Copyright Policy, and the Application Pledge on the official website in order to participate in the contest.

- The submitted essay will not be returned and may be edited and published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

※ The copyright of all submitted essays belong to the applicants.

- The essay should be the applicant’s own creation, and essays that have been submitted to other competitions, published in academic journals or paper collections, or presented as dissertations for a degree is NOT eligible for submission.

- All winners who failed to pass the plagiarism test will be asked to return their awards and prize money

Contact Information

- TEL. : +82-2-303-1137 (available on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00)

- E-mail: master@ariaricomms.kr