The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.

Deadline : 31 March 2017
Study in : Korea
Providers : Korean Government
Course Level : Masters and PhD degree
Field of Study : All Subjects

Scholarship Award:

  1. Nationality 

Applicants and their parents must hold foreign citizenship.

Korean citizens, including those who hold dual citizenship, are NOT eligible to apply.

Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document of the renunciation of their Korean citizenship.

  1. Age

Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2017 (born after September 1, 1977).

An applicant who qualifies ALL conditions below is eligible to apply as long as he or she is under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2017 (born after September 1, 1972): – He or she must be working as a professor at the time of applying; and – He or she is a citizen of one of the countries below.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  Egypt,  El Salvador,  Equatorial Guinea,  Ethiopia,  Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

3. Degree Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017. – A Bachelor’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, is required for a Master’s program applicant.  – A Master’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Master’s degree, is required for a Doctoral program applicant.

The Research Program applicants must hold a degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017.  – Postdoctoral Research Program: A Doctoral degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Doctoral degree, is required.  – Professor Exchange Program: A Master’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree, is required.

An Applicant who is expected to obtain the official diploma by August 31, 2017 must submit a certificate of expected degree at the time of applying. The official diploma must be submitted as soon as it is issued.

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in Korea are NOT eligible to apply. This restriction does not apply for Overseas Korean Adoptee applicants.

Applicants who have been enrolled at Korean universities as exchange students are eligible to apply.  A former KGSP scholar who graduated or are expected to graduate as of August 31, 2017 is eligible to apply under the following conditions: – He/ she is allowed to apply only via Embassy Track; and – The re-application is allowed only once.

  1. Grades

Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) higher than any ONE of the followings: – 2.64 on a 4.0 scale – 2.80 on a 4.3 scale; – 2.91 on a 4.5 scale; – 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or – Score percentile: 80%  ? Please refer to the Appendix A for the GPA conversion table.

Any applications with a GPA below the threshold above will be automatically disqualified and discarded.

It is required to submit an official document issued by the applicant’s alma mater describing the university’s evaluation system as well as the applicant’s academic achievement in any ONE of the following cases:  – An applicant’s transcript does not include information on GPA, marks or score percentile; or – The grades on an applicant’s transcript are difficult to be converted into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above.

  1. Health

Applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for an extended period of time.

Applicants must submit the Personal Medical Assessment, or Form 6, at the time of applying.

All applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must submit the results of the Comprehensive Medical Examination conducted by a licensed physician or a doctor.

All of the following persons will be disqualified and their scholarships will be cancelled: – Applicants who are tested positive on drugs; and – Applicants with serious health concerns to an extent that they are unable to pursue their studies for an extended period of time in Korea.

Applicants with disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply.

  1. Restrictions

Those who had withdrew from the scholarship after being selected as KGSP scholars in previous years are NOT eligible to apply.

  1. Preferred Qualities

Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English might be given preference. Some examples include the following:

Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) – Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are not acceptable.)

Applicants in the field of natural science, technology, and engineering might be given preference.

Applicants for the majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project of the government of Korea might be given preference.

The faculty members at a higher education institution from countries that receive Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) might be given preference.

Descendants of the Korean War veterans receive additional 5% of the total marks during the selection reviews.

Applicants must apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program either through the Korean Embassy in their home country or one of the selected universities.

Offices accepting applications – 116 Embassies of the Republic of Korea: At some embassies, the Korean Education Center or the Korean Cultural Center is the department in charge of accepting and reviewing the KGSP applications. Contacting the embassy to inquire on the department in charge is strongly recommended.  – 65 Universities in Korea

The application submitted to more than ONE office above, will be automatically disqualified and discarded.

Those who apply as overseas Korean adoptees must apply through the Korean Embassy in their home countries. Only those from the selected 12 countries are eligible to apply under this option.

KGSP alumni are eligible to apply through the Embassy Track only.

Applicants from China must submit their applications to the China Scholarship Council, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of China.


Applicants from the Czech Republic must submit their applications to the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of the Czech Republic.

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