Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Students in Korea

"Korean Government Scholarship Program"

"Korean Government Scholarship Program"International Scholarship for Undergraduate and Graduate students in Korea. Scholarship purpose is to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.


For graduate program:

  • The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenship.
  • Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2013 (born after Sep. 1st, 1973).
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1st of the selection year.
  • Applicants who have previously enrolled in or graduated from an undergraduate program, a master’s program, or a doctoral program (including exchange program) in Korea cannot apply for this program.
  • Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) 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 the applicant does not satisfy the above GPA requirements, he/she will be ineligible to apply to this program.

For undergraduate program:

Prospective applicants must meet the following qualification criteria:

  • Must be a citizen of the country to which the scholarship is offered, which also applies to the applicants’ parents
  • Have graduated or will be scheduled to graduate from high school as of March 1st of the invitation year
  • Must possess above 80% (out of 100%) cumulative grade point average (CGPA), or must be within the top 20% (out of 100%) in rank in high school.

Selection Procedure:

For graduate program:

  1. The 1st selection institutions (Overseas Korean embassies or Domestic designated universities), will draft a selections standard based on the criteria provisioned by NIIED, and will recommend qualified applicants according to its respective standards.
  2. The NIIED selection committee will select the most successful candidates from the pool of applicants recommended by the 1st selection institutions.
  3. Only candidates who were recommended by a Korean embassy and have passed the 2nd selection successfully will be evaluated for admission. Successful candidates will gain admission from at least one of the three universities.

For undergraduate program:

  1. Korean Embassies will recruit and select qualified candidates. Applicants should apply for the program THROUGH their local Korean Embassy
  2. NIIED selection committee will screen qualified candidates selected by the Korean Embassies
  3. Korean Universities will screen candidates for admission

Scholarship Amount:

For graduate program:

  • Airfare    (Round-trip economy class ticket)
  • Monthly Allowance (900,000 won (KRW) per month)
  • Research Allowance Per Semester (210,000 won for scholars in the field of humanities and social sciences; 240,000 won for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences
  • 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 will be provided for by NIIED.
  • Dissertation Printing Costs (500,000 ~ 800,000 won, depending on 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

For undergraduate program:

  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • Monthly Stipend (800,000 won)
  • Medical insurance
  • Settlement Allowance
  • Repatriation Allowance


For Graduate Program:

For Undergraduate Program:

For Further Information: Korean Government Scholarship Program


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