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KGSP Korean Govt. Scholarships Program

KGSP Korean Govt. Scholarships Program

KGSP Korean Govt. Scholarships Program



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.


[Graduate Program]


Master’s course

1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s course

Doctoral course

1 year of Korean language + 3 years of Doctoral course


  1. ① The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenships.
    * Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
  2. ② Applicants must be under 40 years of age of the selection year.
  3. ③ 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 are ineligible to apply for the program.
  4. ④ 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%(out of 100%) 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.

[Undergraduate Program]


5 years


Prospective applicants must meet the following qualification criteria;

  1. ① Must be a citizen of the country to which the scholarship is offered, which also applies to the applicants’ parents
  2. ② Have graduated or will be scheduled to graduate from high school as of March 1st of the invitation year
  3. ③ 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

[Graduate Program]

1st SelectionThe 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.

2nd SelectionThe NIIED selection committee will select the most successful candidates
from the pool of applicants recommended by the 1st selection institutions.

3rd SelectionOnly 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.
Announcement of final successful candidates will be made

[Undergraduate Program]

1st round of selectionKorean Embassies will recruit and select qualified candidates
* Applicants should apply for the program THROUGH their local Korean Embassy

2nd round of selectionNIIED selection committee will screen qualified candidates selected
by the Korean Embassies

3rd round of selectionKorean Universities will screen candidates for admission

Announcement of final successful candidates will be made


[Graduate Program]


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)

200,000 won upon arrival

Language Training Fee

Full coverage


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

[Undergraduate Program]

– Round-trip economy class airfare

– Monthly Stipend (800,000 won)

– Medical insurance (20,000 won) per month will be provided (limited coverage)

– Settlement Allowance (200,000 won upon arrival)

– Tuitions

* Additionally, grantees with a good command of the Korean language (level 5 or higher in TOPIK)
will receive an additional 100,000 won


KGSP Korean Govt. Scholarships Program

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