Program Objective

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.

Main Notes for the 2014 Selection

(Qualification for applicants and the scholarship can be changed each year)

  • Applicants have to apply for this program via either an embassy or a designated university. Overseas Korean adoptees have to apply only via an embassy if their countries are allotted the adoptee quotas.
  • 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.
  • Institutions accepting applications: 90 overseas Korean embassies or 51 designated Korean universities.
    * Applicants who submit applications to more than one of the aforementioned institutions will be disqualified immediately.
  • Selection Procedure
    • - 1st Selection: Each 1st selection institution will draft a selections standard based on the criteria provided by NIIED, and recommend the best applicants according to its respective standards.
    • - 2nd Selection: The NIIED Selection Committee will select the most successful candidates from the pool of applicants recommended by the 1st selection institutions.
    • - 3rd Selection: Only the candidates who were recommended by a Korean embassy and passed the
      2ndselection successfully will be evaluated for admission by the 3 universities to which they applied; each
      candidate has to gain admission from at least one university.

    * Applicants who were recommended by a designated university will automatically be granted admission to said university that recommended them, upon the condition they are selected as a successful candidate in the 2nd Selection. Subsequently, once they pass the mandatory medical examination, they will join the ranks of the final successful candidates.

KGSP Benefits


Scholarship Period : same as the period of invitation.

Payment :

  • Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket
    • - Airfare for entry will not be provided to scholars who already presently live in Korea for academic study or employment.
    • - The fees for domestic travel within a scholar’s home country and for travel insurance to and from Korea
      will not be provided.
    • - Scholars from China and the Czech Republic will not be provided airfare by NIIED, but by their country
      of origin according to mutual agreements.

  • Monthly Allowance : 900,000 won (KRW) per month.
  • Research Allowance : 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 240,000 won for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences, per semester.
  • Relocation (Settlement) Allowance : 200,000 won upon arrival
  • Language Training Fee : Full coverage
  • Tuition : All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university). The tuition is paid by NIIED.
  • Dissertation Printing Costs : 500,000 ~ 800,000 won, depending on the actual costs.
  • Medical Insurance : 20,000 won per month will be provided (limited coverage).
  • Special funding for scholars who are proficient in the Korean language (TOPIK Level 5 or 6): 100,000 won per month (commencing with the degree program)


  • NIIED does not compensate fees for the domestic travel either in the grantee’s country or Korea.
  • Airfare for entry into Korea will not be provided to a scholar that has been staying in Korea for his or her study, work, etc., as of the date of announcement of successful candidates
  • NIIED does not compensate fees for insurance for traveling to and from Korea.
  • Any medical fees are to be reimbursed through the insurance company to the scholar after s/he pays first. However, expenses for dental clinic or chronic disease will not be covered.
  • Any scholar who gives up his/her study during the scholarship period will not receive airfare and allowance for repatriation.
  • Any scholar that quits the program within 3 months after s/he enters Korea, should refund all scholarship fees
    (The airfare of traveling to Korea, settlement allowance, monthly stipend, Korean language training expenses, etc.).

How to Apply

Application Requirements (for 2014 applicants)
(requirements of 2015 will be updated soon)

  • The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships.
    • - Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.

  • Applicants should 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 (included in the application form)
      when he/she applies for this program, and then submit an Official Medical Examination Report issued in a
      hospital to NIIED after passing the NIIED Selection Committee (the 2nd Selection). A serious illness reflected in the examination results will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.
    • - NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant

  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2014 (born after Sep. 1st, 1974).
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1, 2014.
    • - (Important) Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying for
      the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a Master’s program, or a Doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated or will graduate from a Korean university as of August 31st can apply for this program again only via the embassy if only he/she holds at least TOPIK Level 4 and obtains another recommendation within the allotment from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin.
      (re-application is limited to one instance).
    • - Applicants who apply for the Master’s program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent
      to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
    • - Applicants who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to
      or higher than a Master’s degree.
    • - Applicants who are expecting to obtain the relevant required degree or diploma by August 31st must
      submit a certificate of degree or diploma expectation, and submit the official certificate of degree or diploma to NIIED by August 31st.

  • Applicants must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) 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 an applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
    • - If the transcript is not indicated in grades/marks/scores format, or is difficult to convert into percentages,
      attachment of official explanation from the attended institution is required.

  • Applicants who have Korean proficiency or English proficiency may be given preference.
  • Applicants who apply for natural science and technology programs may be given preference.

Selection Procedure Details

  • The guideline, application form, and university information will be available at the website of GKS (, Korean Embassies, and designated domestic universities.
  • For applicants (including Korean adoptees) who apply for KGSP via Korean Embassies
    • - (1st Selection) Korean Embassies make their own selection schedule and plan based on the criteria provided
      by NIIED, and accept the applications. They select 1.5 times as many candidates as their quota from the pool of applicants and recommend them to NIIED.

      Applicants from China and the Czech Republic should submit their applications to the Ministry of Education
      (or equivalent institution) in their respective country of origin, in accordance with the mutual agreements between Korea and those countries.

      Only Korean adoptees who have foreign citizenship can apply for this program via a Korean Embassy if their countries of origin are allotted the adoptee quota. They are selected through a separate procedure; general applicants cannot be accepted through this application category.

    • - (2nd Selection) NIIED Selection Committee selects as many successful candidates as each embassy quota
      amongst the pool of candidates recommended by the Embassies.
    • - (3rd Selection) NIIED submits the documents of successful candidates to their 3 universities of indicated
      preference, and requests admission examination of the candidates into their master’s or doctoral programs.
      The universities have to announce the result of examination to the candidates and NIIED by the designated
      date. The candidates who gain admission from more than one university will have to make a final selection,
      and notify their respective local Korean Embassy and NIIED by the designated date. Only the candidates
      who gain admission within the 3rd Selection period can be accepted as official KGSP scholars.

  • For applicants who apply for KGSP via designated domestic universities
    • - (1st Selection) Each designated university will draft its own selection schedule and plan based on the criteria
      provided by NIIED, and accepts the applications. Each designated university will select up to 15 candidates
      from all of the quota-assigned countries and recommend them to NIIED. They cannot recommend more than
      3 candidates from a single country, with the exceptions of Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Turkey.
    • - (2nd Selection) NIIED Selection Committee selects as many successful candidates as each country’s quota
      from all of the candidates recommended by the universities. The candidates who are selected in the NIIED
      Selection Committee will be accepted to the university which recommended them, and will be finally
      accepted as official KGSP scholars upon a successful comprehensive medical examination.

Selection Criterion

  • All documents including transcripts, self-introduction, study plan, certificates of language proficiency (Korean and English), recommendations, published papers and awards, etc., will be evaluated.

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