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2017 Korean Government Scholarship Program


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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. 


Applicant must meet all the below requirements

1. Nationality 

 Applicants and their parents must hold foreign citizenship. 

Korean citizens, including those who hold dual citizenship, are NOT eligible to apply. 

Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document of the renunciation of their Korean citizenship. 


2. Age

 Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2017 (born after September 1, 1977).

An applicant who qualifies ALL conditions below is eligible to apply as long as he or she is under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2017 (born after September 1, 1972): - He or she must be working as a professor at the time of applying; and - He or she is a citizen of one of the countries below. 

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  Egypt,  El Salvador,  Equatorial Guinea,  Ethiopia,  Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


3. Degree Requirements

 Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017. - A Bachelor’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, is required for a Master’s program applicant.  - A Master’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Master’s degree, is required for a Doctoral program applicant.

The Research Program applicants must hold a degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017.  - Postdoctoral Research Program: A Doctoral degree, or a diploma equivalent to a Doctoral degree, is required.  - Professor Exchange Program: A Master’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree, is required. 

An Applicant who is expected to obtain the official diploma by August 31, 2017 must submit a certificate of expected degree at the time of applying. The official diploma must be submitted as soon as it is issued.

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in Korea are NOT eligible to apply. This restriction does not apply for Overseas Korean Adoptee applicants. 

Applicants who have been enrolled at Korean universities as exchange students are eligible to apply.  A former KGSP scholar who graduated or are expected to graduate as of August 31, 2017 is eligible to apply under the following conditions: - He/ she is allowed to apply only via Embassy Track; and - The re-application is allowed only once. 


4. Grades

 Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) higher than any ONE of the followings: - 2.64 on a 4.0 scale - 2.80 on a 4.3 scale; - 2.91 on a 4.5 scale; - 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or - Score percentile: 80%  ? Please refer to the Appendix A for the GPA conversion table. 

Any applications with a GPA below the threshold above will be automatically disqualified and discarded.

It is required to submit an official document issued by the applicant’s alma mater describing the university’s evaluation system as well as the applicant’s academic achievement in any ONE of the following cases:  - An applicant’s transcript does not include information on GPA, marks or score percentile; or - The grades on an applicant’s transcript are difficult to be converted into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above. 


5. Health

 Applicants must 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, or Form 6, at the time of applying. 

All applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must submit the results of the Comprehensive Medical Examination conducted by a licensed physician or a doctor. 

All of the following persons will be disqualified and their scholarships will be cancelled: - Applicants who are tested positive on drugs; and - Applicants with serious health concerns to an extent that they are unable to pursue their studies for an extended period of time in Korea.

Applicants with disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply. 


6. Restrictions

 Those who had withdrew from the scholarship after being selected as KGSP scholars in previous years are NOT eligible to apply. 


7. Preferred Qualities

 Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English might be given preference. Some examples include the following:

 Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) - Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are not acceptable.)

Applicants in the field of natural science, technology, and engineering might be given preference. 

Applicants for the majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project of the government of Korea might be given preference. 

The faculty members at a higher education institution from countries that receive Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) might be given preference. 

Descendants of the Korean War veterans receive additional 5% of the total marks during the selection reviews. 



Applicants must apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program either through the Korean Embassy in their home country or one of the selected universities.

Offices accepting applications - 116 Embassies of the Republic of Korea: At some embassies, the Korean Education Center or the Korean Cultural Center is the department in charge of accepting and reviewing the KGSP applications. Contacting the embassy to inquire on the department in charge is strongly recommended.  - 65 Universities in Korea

The application submitted to more than ONE office above, will be automatically disqualified and discarded. 

Those who apply as overseas Korean adoptees must apply through the Korean Embassy in their home countries. Only those from the selected 12 countries are eligible to apply under this option.  

KGSP alumni are eligible to apply through the Embassy Track only.

Applicants from China must submit their applications to the China Scholarship Council, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of China. 

Applicants from the Czech Republic must submit their applications to the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of the Czech Republic. 


 Deadline of Application Submission  

 The deadlines are set by the Korean Embassies and universities that accept applications. 

Applicants must check the deadline of the embassy or of the university by contacting them directly.  

Please refer to the following: - Contact information for embassies: See Appendix B.  - Contact information for universities: See Appendix C or the University Information file, announced along with the current application guidelines.  


Preferred Discipline

Involved institutions:




 Academy of Korean Studies, Chung-Ang University, Dankook University,  Dongguk University (Seoul Campus), Duksung Women's University, Ewha Womans University,  Gachon University, GIST, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Hanyang University,  Inha University, KAIST, KDI School, Konkuk University, Kookmin University, Korea University, Kyunghee University, Myongji University, POSTECH, Sangmyung University,  Seoul National University, Seoul Tech, Sogang University, Sookmyung Women's University,  Soongsil University, Sungkyunkwan University, UNIST, University of Seoul, Yonsei University



Chonbuk National University, Chonnam National University, Chosun University, Chungbuk National University, Chungnam National University, Daegu University, Dong-a University, Dongguk University (Gyeongju Campus), Dongseo University,  Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gyeongsang National University, Hallym University,  Handong Global University, Hannam University, Hoseo University, Jeju National University,  Jeonju University, Keimyung University, Kongju National University, Konyang University, Korea Tech, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Kyungpook National University,  Kyungsung University, Namseoul University, Pai Chai University, Pukyong National University, Pusan National University, Semyung University, Silla University, Soonchunhyang University, Sunchon National University, Sunmoon University, University of Ulsan, Wonkwang University, Yeungnam University


Detailed information about the fields and majors offered by the universities listed above is available under the University Information section on the website, www.studyinkorea.go.kr. 

Applicants must choose their desired fields of study from the listed programs. 

Night schools, seasonal programs, online and distant-learning programs are not included.  

Amount Info

Master’s Degree Program: 3 Years (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020)

 1 Year Korean Language Program

2 Year Degree Program


Doctoral Degree Program: 4 Years (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2021)

 1 Year Korean Language Program

3 Year Degree Program


Research Program: 6 Months (September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018)


Important Notes on the Scholarship Period. 


The scholarship period for the degree program cannot and will not be extended. 

The scholarship period for the language program will not affect the scholarship period for the degree program. For example, even if a scholar takes 6 months of the language program instead of 1 year, the period that the KGSP covers for his/her degree program will remain intact (2 years for Master’s degree and 3 years for Doctoral degrees). 

KGSP scholars with advanced TOPIK levels (Levels 5 and 6) - Those who have the advanced levels at the time of applying will be exempt from the 1-year Korean language program. The exempt period will be deducted from the total scholarship period, down to 2 years for Master’s degrees and to 3 years for Doctoral degrees. 



Those who achieve the advanced levels on TOPIK within the first 6 months of the language program will be exempt from the Korean language program and must start their degree programs in the following semester. The exempt period will be deducted from the total scholarship period, down to 2.5 years for Master’s degrees and 3.5 years for Doctoral degrees.  

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