The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is designed for international students who want to pursue higher education (Master’s and PhD) in Korean Universities and supports the future global leaders promoting the international cooperation in education by inviting talented international students to Korea for an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea.
Available Universities: 66 universities or institutions designated by NIIED in Korea
Degree: masters and PhD programs at Participating Universities in Korea.
Study Subject: listed programs provided by participating universities.
- Airfare: A round-trip economy class ticket
- Monthly Allowance: 900,000 won(KRW) per month
- Research Allowance: 210,000 won for students in human and social sciences; 240,000 won for students in natural and mechanic sciences per semester
- Relocation (Settlement) Allowance: 200,000 won upon arrival
- Language Training Fee : The full costs up to 1 year
- Tuition: All admission fees are waived by the host institution. The full tuition is paid by NIIED.
- Dissertation Printing Costs: 500,000 ~ 800,000 won for the costs related to a printing dissertation
- Medical Insurance: 20,000 won per month(limited insurance coverage) will be provided to the university for students.
- Special fund for students proficient in Korean language (TOPIK level 5 or 6): 100,000 won per month(Commencing from the main program)
Who is eligible?
- Both applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of the foreign country.
- Applicants cannot have Korean citizenship.
- Applicants should be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for a long period of time.
- Should be under 40 years of age as of 1 September 2016.
- Hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31st, 2016.
- Applicants who are enrolling or have already enrolled in the same academic program in Korea as the one they are applying for will not be admitted.
- For Master’s program (or Integrated Master’s & Doctoral program): students who hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than Bachelor’s degree
- For Doctoral program: students who hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than Master’s degree.
- Applicants who are expecting the adequate diploma should present their diploma by August 31st, 2016 before entry.
- Should have a grade point average (G.P.A.) 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 previous attended institution.
- If the grade is difficult to convert to percentage, official explanatory documents from the attended university are required.
List of countries
Applicants can apply for the scholarships through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University. See the websites of or the in which you want to study in.
The selection process for applicants will proceed in three steps:
- Firstly, applicants must be selected by the institution he or she is applying through (a Korean embassy, or a designated university).
- Secondly, applicants who passed the first round must be selected by the NIIED Selection Committee.
- Finally, applicants who passed the second round must gain admission from a university.
The application deadline is 8 April 2016.
It is important to read the and visit the official website for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Official website of The Korean Government Scholarship Program