KSI aims to make USC the key university that produces young scholars with the local area expertise to challenge and enhance debates about American grand strategy. Each year, USC brings 3-4 external ABD students to USC.

This symposium aims to professionalize graduate students, nurture their scholarship, and create interdisciplinary networks of Ph.D. students working on research related to Korea, East Asia, and/or Asian diasporas. The symposium provides students from various institutions with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers and participating faculty. In addition, participants can engage with a faculty panel that will build their professional and research skills.

This seminar series is geared toward preparing graduate students for their careers in academia and the professional world. This series is restricted to USC graduate students. The Graduate Student Professionalization series is sponsored and organized by the Center for International StudiesEast Asian Studies Center, and Korean Studies Institute.

KSI provides grants to doctoral students for field research work in Korea. This grant may be used to visit archives, critical libraries, or other institutions and carry out interviews or surveys.