Korean Government Scholarship Program 2020 for study in South Korea (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline: Varying

In 2020, Korean Government’s Global Korea Scholarship program aims to invite 1,276 international students from 153 regions who wish to pursue a graduate level degree (master’s or doctoral) or research in Korea.

To be selected as a GKS (KGSP) grantee, an applicant must successfully pass the 1st round of selection managed by the Korean embassy where he or she holds the citizenship or NIIED-designated Korean universities.

Global Korea Scholarship is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for graduate-level degrees, which will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries.
※ As Korean Government Scholarship Programs have been integrated and branded as Global Korea Scholarship in 2010, the name is changed to GKS (Global Korea Scholarship).

Research Program: 10 Candidates
○ The Research Program candidates are selected from 155 countries that are invited to take part in 2020 Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate degrees. There is no reserved quota per country.
○ The Research Program applicants must receive invitation from universities prior to applying to this program.
○ The Research Program applicants submit their application either to the Korean embassy in the country where they hold the citizenship or to one of our partner universities listed in III. Available Universities and Fields of Study)

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Nationality
    ○ All applicants and their parents must not hold Korean citizenship.
    ○ Korean citizens and dual citizenship holders (one who have Korean citizenship and citizenship of another country) are NOT eligible to apply.
    ○ Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.
    (※Exception: For overseas Korean applicants holding Japanese citizenship, if their parents hold “Permanent Residency Permit‟ within Japan while holding Korean citizenship, are eligible to apply.)
  2. Age
    ○ Must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2020 (born after September 1, 1980)
    ○ Academic professors who are under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2020 (born after September 1, 1975) and hold citizenship of one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients listed in the table below are eligible to apply.

Degree Requirements
○ Applicants must hold or must be expected to hold a Bachelor‟s, Master‟s or a Doctoral degree by August 31st, 2020.

  • Doctoral Program Applicants: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Master‟s degree
  • Master‟s Program Applicants: Must hold a Bachelor‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Bachelor‟s degree
  • Research Program Applicants: Must hold a degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree and must have received an invitation from one of NIIED‟s designated Korean universities.
     Postdoctoral Research Program: Must hold a doctoral degree or a level of education equivalent to a doctoral degree.
     Professor Exchange Program: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree.
     Program for Education·Science·Culture·International Professionals: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree.

Benefits

Degree Requirements
○ Applicants must hold or must be expected to hold a Bachelor‟s, Master‟s or a Doctoral degree by August 31st, 2020.

  • Doctoral Program Applicants: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Master‟s degree
  • Master‟s Program Applicants: Must hold a Bachelor‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Bachelor‟s degree
  • Research Program Applicants: Must hold a degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree and must have received an invitation from one of NIIED‟s designated Korean universities.
     Postdoctoral Research Program: Must hold a doctoral degree or a level of education equivalent to a doctoral degree.
     Professor Exchange Program: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree.
     Program for Education·Science·Culture·International Professionals: Must hold a Master‟s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master‟s degree.

○ 1-Year Korean Language Training Fee: Fully covered
○ Degree Program Tuition: Fully covered

  • Tuition amount covered by NIIED is maximum 5million KRW, and the amount that exceeds 5 million KRW will be covered by scholar‟s university.
  • University Admission fees are waived for GKS scholars.
    ○ Thesis (Dissertation) Printing Fee Reimbursement
  • The actual printing cost shown on the receipt will be reimbursed (receipt submission required)
  • Maximum reimbursable amount for each scholar: 500,000 KRW for Liberal Arts and Social Science majors, 800,000 KRW for Natural Science & Engineering and Arts, Music & Sports majors.
    ○ Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month
    ○ Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month
  • This special grant is given only to GKS scholars in the degree program who hold valid TOPIK level 5 or 6.
    ○ Degree Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW (offered once)
  • Offered to GKS scholars who return to their home countries after completing their degree coursework under the scholarship program.
  • NOT offered to GKS scholars who decide to remain in Korea after completing their degree coursework
    ※ Korean Proficiency Grants, Korean Language Training Fee, Degree Program Tuition, and Thesis (Dissertation) Printing Fee are ONLY given to degree-pursuing scholars.

Documents

1_2020 GKS-G Application Form.docx [167288 byte]
2_2020 GKS-G Application FAQs (ENGLISH-KOREAN).pdf [485295 byte]
3_2020 GKS-G University Information.zip [6883179 byte]
4_2020 GKS-G Application Guidelines (English).pdf [1570145 byte]
5_2020 GKS-G Application Guidelines (Korean).pdf [1340875 byte]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Korean Government Scholarship Program 2020

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hey, let hope you are doing well in this hard times.
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