Fully Funded Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs

The goal of the Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs is to provide international students the chance to pursue academic degrees in Korean higher education institutions, thereby promoting international education exchange and strengthening ties between participating nations and Korea.

Host CountrySouth Korea
Host InstituteNIIED approved universities in South Korea
LevelMasters, PhD
Eligible NationalityInternational
No. of Scholarships2200
Fellowship TypeFully Funded
BenefitsLiving allowance, airfare, tuition fee etc.
Duration6 months to 4 years
Application DateApplications will open in Sep. 2024
Summary of Fully Funded Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs
Fully Funded Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs
Fully Funded Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs

The goal of the Global Korea Scholarship is to give international students the chance to pursue academic degrees in Korean higher education institutions, thereby promoting international education exchange and strengthening ties between participating nations and Korea.

Benefits of Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs

Following are the benefits of the Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs:

  • Round-trip Airfare,
  • Settlement Allowance,
  • Monthly Allowance,
  • Language Training Fee,
  • Korean Proficiency Grant
  • Tuition,
  • Medical Insurance Fee,
  • Degree Completion Grants

Period of Scholarship

  • Three-year Master’s Program: one year of Korean language instruction plus two years of degree work
  • Four-year doctoral program: one-year Korean language course and three years of coursework
  • Research Program: Six Months or a Year
  • Global Network Program: within 2 years.

* Scholars in the Research and Global Network program who achieved a TOPIK level of 5 or 6 will not need to enrol in a Korean language program.

*The remaining six months of the Korean language program will not be required of those who earn TOPIK level 5 or 6, and they must begin their degree program the following semester.

No. of Scholarships

Tracks 800 and 1400 for the Embassy and University, respectively, equal 2,200.

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Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who fulfil following criteria,, can apply for Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs:

  • The only permissible citizenship for candidates is that of NIIED-designated nations that are asked to participate in the GKS program.
  • Korean citizens or Koreans holding dual citizenship are not eligible to apply for this program.
  • The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of all coursework from the prior degree program *must satisfy one of the requirements listed below;
    • A person should be in the top 20% of their class or have a score percentile of 80% or above on a 100-point scale.
    • The CGPA needs to be 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, or 3.23/5.0, or above.
  • The age requirement is under 40.
    • Academic professors under 45 who work for one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients* are eligible to apply.
  • To study in Korea for the duration of the program, all applicants must be in good physical and mental health.

In their previous degree program, applicants must have maintained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 80%.

Eligible Fields

At participating Korean universities, the scholarship usually covers a wide range of subject areas. These may include engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and others.

Available Universities for GKS Graduate

  • Andong National University
  • Busan University of Foreign Studies
  • Changwon National University
  • Cheongju University
  • Chonnam National University
  • Chosun University
  • Chungbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Daegu Catholic University
  • Daegu University
  • Daejeon University
  • Dong-A University
  • Dongseo University
  • Gangneung-Wonju National University
  • Gyeongsang National University
  • Hannam University
  • Hoseo University
  • Inje University
  • Jeju National University
  • Jeonbuk National University
  • Kangwon National University
  • Keimyung University
  • Kongju National University
  • Konyang University
  • KOREATECH (Korea University of Technology and Education)
  • Kunsan National University
  • Kyungpook National University
  • Kyungsung University
  • Mokwon University
  • National Korea Maritime & Ocean University
  • Pai Chai University
  • Pukyong National University
  • Pusan National University
  • Semyung University
  • Silla University
  • Soonchunhyang University
  • Sun Moon University
  • Sunchon National University
  • University of Ulsan
  • Yeungnam University

Documents/Material Required to Apply

Following documents are required to apply for Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs:

  • Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Study Plan
  • One letter of Recommendation
  • GKS applicant agreement
  • Personal medical assistant
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Academic certificates
  • Copy of passport
  • Score report of TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) or English proficiency test(TOEFL, IELTS)

Deadline for Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Programs

Each university and consulate has different application deadlines, so prospective students should check with the particular organization before submitting their application.

Application Procedure

Candidates can send their applications to Korean universities that have been approved by NIIED or to Korean embassies in their home nations. Based on the NIIED selection criteria, each embassy and university chooses the successful candidates from the pool of applications.

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