Apply For 2016 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Postgraduate students

Korean Government Scholarship Program for Postgraduate students

The Korean Government through the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) offers the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Postgraduate students.

The scholarship is aimed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.

The Government of Korea invites all international students who wish to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in Korea to apply for the Korean Government Scholarships.

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Korean Government (via NIIED)
Country to Study in: South Korea

To qualify for this scholarship:

  1. The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenships. Note: Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are NOT permitted to apply for this program.
  2. Applicants must be under 40 years of age in the year of selection.
  3. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1st of the selection year. Note: Applicants who have enrolled in or graduated from a university in Korea are NOT eligible for the KGSP program. Specifically, applicants who have previously enrolled in or graduated from an undergraduate program, a master’s program, or a doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
  4. Academic achievement of applicants must meet one of these:
    • maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or;
    • grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended institution.

    If the applicant does not satisfy the above requirements, he/she will be ineligible to apply to this program.

Eligible groups
Citizens of more than 100 countries (EXCEPT Korea)

Participating Institution(s)
The accredited list of universities (and institutions) as designated by NIIED.

Fields of study
Approved Master’s or Doctoral courses offered by participating institutions. Further details are available on the NIIED website or the university information section of the GKS website (link to it is below).

Specialized or professional graduate school programs such as law or medical school program, GSIS program, etc. are also eligible on the condition that the university covers all tuition over the initial 5 million won(KRW)/semester. Night schools, seasonal programs, broadcasting schools, and cyber-schools (including online distant learning programs) are NOT eligible for application.

Number of awards
Total number of grantees is about 345

Sponsorship duration
For Master’s, it’s 1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s study; while for Doctoral, it’s 1 year of Korean language + 3 year of Doctoral study.

After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of master’s or 3 years of doctoral) cannot be extended beyond the designated duration. In the case that a scholar possesses a TOPIK Level that is higher than 5, he or she is exempted from the Korean language course; the exempted period will be deducted from the total scholarship period (2 years for master’s or 3 years for doctoral).

Scholarship benefits
Scholarship include Airfare (round-trip economy class ticket), Monthly Allowance, Research Allowance, Settlement Allowance (200,000 KRW upon arrival), Language Training Fee, FULL Tuition, Dissertation Printing Costs, Medical Insurance (limited coverage), and Korean Proficiency Grants. See official website for complete information of benefits.

Method of Application
Applicants can only apply for the scholarships through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University (i.e. 1st Selection Institutions). To apply for this program, you should contact one of the 1st Selection Institutions (90 Overseas Korean Embassies or designated Domestic Universities) and submit the application no later than the designated deadline. These institutions then recommend applicants to NIIED (the 2nd selection Institution).

See websites of Korean Embassy/Consulate in your own country. The guideline, application form, and university information will be available at the website of GKS, Korean Embassies, and designated domestic universities.

The deadline for recommendation to NIIED is March 31st every year. The deadline for applicants’ submission is earlier and will vary per country depending on the deadline set forth by the Korean Embassy (Consulate) in the country of origin or the universities in Korea.

For the Graduate Program, the Korean Embassy or Consulates, and participating Universities, will recommend qualified candidates to NIIED by 31 March 2016. Be sure to apply before this period.

If the respective 1st Selection Institutions do not submit their candidates’ documents to NIIED on time, they will be excluded from the examination of NIIED Selection Committee, and their quotas will be substituted by the other 1st Institutions’ reserve candidates.

Applicants must obtain admission from a University before entry into Korea. Applicants recommended by a Korean Embassy (Consulate) or overseas Korean adoptees must apply and gain admission into 1 of 3 of the designated universities. Applicants recommended by a university in Korea should enter the same university.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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  1. juhar hassen ali

    January 26, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    I Am juhar hassen From Ethiopia.firstly i wanna thank the government whom endow us such golden opportunity.i have been graduated by water resource and irrigation engineering recently on june 2015.i would like to proceed in Msc. i have great respect and passion to the community as we has long aged relation with our country Ethiopia. Could You Contact Me kindly? email i hope you will accept me and i also be one of your great university community thanks with best regards.

  2. Tamirat Anjulo

    January 26, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    My name is Tamirat Anjulo Debena. I am from SNNPRs Ethiopian & I have LL.B Law 1st degree . Now I need LL.M law free & fully funded scholarship.Thanks for your positive replies.My phone =+251912256989, Email= Tamirat Anjulo


    January 26, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    First of all I want to thanks the government whom endowed this opportunity for students all over the world to study abroad. My name is Shibiru Duguma; and from Ethiopia. I graduated with physics in Bsc from Bahirdar university. After my graduation I am working in government school for ten years. I am pending to study of master program in physics. please contact me for help by the next address. and mobile phone:-+251917364632

  4. zakariye abdinasir

    January 28, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    hello may name zakarie abdinasir i am somali i need to scholarship becouse i compelete high school there fore may parent have not money which to join university please and please help me may phone number +252907359377 or email

  5. Matusal Fola

    January 28, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    My name is Matusal Fola from Ethiopia in Adu dipartment of sociology 1st year student, suport me i’m economicaly poor & orphan. If any chance in her please contact to me via emai, 0919869653.

  6. Dawit Yadesa

    March 4, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    Hello dear, my name is dawit yadesa from Ethiopia am by automotive technology from one of the etiopian technical and vocational college and I have interest to continue bachelor Degree in related field of studies ,please help me. Email and phone no 251910545377

  7. ogori

    April 3, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    i would like to study for food science PHD but have no money..if i get a help via scholarship i will be happy.

  8. Ruth Asfaw

    October 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Hi my name is ruth asfaw. Im from ethiopia, i want to thank the givernment for giving us this opportunity. Im undergraduates student from saint marie school thats found in capital city Addis Abeba. I want to get this opportunity and learn in your country. Thanks for giving us this chance and i want to major im prosecuter or political science…….. U can find me on…..

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