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NIIED has announced the application guidelines of the 2021 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Degrees.
For the year 2021, they are inviting 1278 international students from 154 countries, for degree (Master’s & Doctoral) and non-degree research programs.
2021 Global Korea Scholarship – Application Guidelines for Graduate Degrees
I. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
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).
II. TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPECTED GRANTEES : 1278 Candidates
1. Graduate Degrees (Master’s and Doctoral program): 1243 Candidates
GKS Quota reserved for the Embassy Track: 653 Candidates (603 General + 20 Overseas Koreans + 30 Korean Language Teaching Professionals)
- Embassy Track Quota for General Applicants: 603 Candidates from 145 Countries
1) Quota for general applicants- 603 candidates from 145 countries.
2) Embassy Track Quota for Overseas Koreans: 20 Candidates from 13 Countries
※ Overseas Koreans refer to ethnic Koreans who do not own Korean citizenships. They include Korean adoptees and offspring of Korean diaspora or Korean immigrants who live in countries out of the Korean peninsula.
3) Embassy Track Quota for Korean Language Teaching Professionals: 30 Candidates from 24 Countries
※ Korean Language Instructors include elementary and secondary school teachers, university lecturers, or professors who teach Korean language at a government-authorized education institution. The government- authorized education institution does not include for-profit afterschool academy, institution or organization.-
4) Embassy Track Quota for Research Program: 10 candidates from 145 regions
1) University Track Quota for Research Program: 5 candidates from 76 countries
※ There is no country quota for the 5 University Track candidates. Applicants from any 76 NIIED designated
countries listed below may apply for the research program.
2) Quota for General Program and Science & Engineering majors of Regional University
III. AVAILABLE UNIVERSITIES AND FIELDS OF STUDY
Available Fields of Study
- For more detailed information on majors (fields of study) offered by the universities listed above, refer to the “ 2021 GKS-G Available Universities & Fields of Study ” file attached under the GKS Notice post in our Study In Korea website (www.studyinkorea.go.kr).
- Applicants must choose their majors (fields of study) that are only listed in the “ 2021 GKS-G Available Universities & Fields of Study ” file.
- Please be advised that even if a university’s departments or majors you intend to apply offer English-taught courses, it may vary by lectures offered each term. Thus, we highly advise you to check with your university. Furthermore, we would like applicants to keep in mind that Korean is the core language to be used in every Korean university. In addition, applicants should review detailed information on individual majors before applying to this program.
- Night School, Short-term seasonal programs, online and distant-learning programs are not available to apply and admission is not permitted.
Embassy Track applicants must submit their application documents to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in their respective countries of citizenship (refer to Appendix B for the list of Korean Embassies) and can apply to all available fields of study offered by 64 designated universities (applicants can choose among universities in both Type A and Type B, but must include at least one university from Type B. Refer to III. Available Universities and Fields of Study).
- – Refer to section VI. Selection Procedures for more details on the selection process.
- – The quota allocation is decided based on the mutual agreements on cultural and educationcooperation between Korea and the countries listed above.
- – The quota allocated for Overseas Koreans is 20 and this is separately reserved for the overseasKoreans from 18 countries. The overseas Koreans submit their applications to the Korean embassies in 18 countries where they hold citizenship and will be selected among their own applicant pool.
– The quota allocated for Korean Language Teaching Professionals is 30 and this is separately reserved for elementary and secondary school teachers, university lecturers, or professors who teach Korean language. The relevant applicants submit their application to the Korean embassies in 24 countries where they hold citizenship and will be selected among their own pool.
- 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. Degree Requirements
Applicants must hold or must be expected to hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree.
- 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 ( by February 28, 2021 )
- Professor Exchange Program: Must hold a Master’s degree or higher AND must be teaching at a university as a professor.
- Program for Education·Science·Culture·International Professionals: Must hold a Master’s degree or higher AND must be a professional in a field of Education, Science, Culture, or International Cooperation ( E.S.C.I. )
※ ( Notes for the applicants in their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program) Applicants who are
expected to graduate by August 31, 2021 can also apply for the program. Applicants who are expected
to graduate at the time of application must first submit a certificate of expected graduation. The official
degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript must be submitted to NIIED by August 31,
2021 at the very latest. )
- Must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2020 ( born after September 1, 1981 )
- Academic professors who are under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2021 ( born after September 1, 1976 ) and hold citizenship of one of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients listed in the table below are eligible to apply.
< *ODA Recipients(104 countries) >
All applicants must have maintained the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to
or higher than any ONE of the following from their respective universities:
- C.G.P.A.: 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, 3.23/5.0
- Score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the
top 20% within one’s class (* Refer to Appendix A. GPA Conversion table)
– If an applicant holds a transcript that does not include information on grade point average or is
unable to convert his or her grades into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above, then
applicant must submit an official document issued by the applicant’s university describing the
university’s grading system.
- All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to study in Korea for the full duration of degree or research programs.
- All applicants must submit ” Form 8. Personal Medical Assessment ” at the time of applying.
- All applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must receive comprehensive medical checkup and submit the certificate of health and medical examination result issued by a medical doctor or a licensed hospital.
- If an applicant is found to be in one of the following conditions, the applicant will be disqualified in the final round of selection:
– An applicant is tested positive on drug tests;
– An applicant owns serious illness that prevents him or her to study abroad for long period of time including the full duration of degree or research program in Korea.
After arriving in Korea, all GKS scholars will be subject to a medical examination
administered by NIIED. If a GKS scholar is found to have a serious illness from the medical
examination after arriving in Korea, he or she will be disqualified from their GKS scholarship.
6. GKS scholars reapplying to the program
- Previous or current GKS scholars (previously known as KGSP scholars) who meet the additional criteria below are eligible to apply for the program:
- Must hold the grade of 90% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 10% within one’s class.
- Must hold TOPIK level 5 or 6 (must hold a valid certificate at the time of application)
- Previous or current GKS scholars can only re-apply for a higher degree program once.
☞ Bachelor’s→Master’s, Master’s→Doctoral or Research (Professor Exchange Program,
Program for E.S.C.I. Professionals), Doctoral→Research
4. If applying for a Postdoctoral Research Program, applicants who apply for majors in the field of Natural Science and Engineering will be given preference.
5.Previous or current GKS scholars who are re-selected as a 2021 GKS scholar will be exempt from the Korean language program.
7. Korean Language Teaching Professionals
Applicants who meet the additional criteria below are eligible to apply for the program:
- Applicant must be an elementary and secondary school teacher, university lecturer, or professor who teaches Korean language at a government-authorized education institution. The government-authorized education institution does not include for-profit afterschool academy, institution, or organization.Must have at least 2 years of teaching career (as of February 28, 2021)
- Must hold a TOPIK level 4 or above (certificate issued after January 1st, 2018 will be accepted)
- Must major in Korean Language Education (applicants must select ‘Korean Language Education’ when choosing their major/field of study.)
- Applicants may be exempt from the Korean language program if they wish.
- Prospective applicants who have attained a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or a doctoral degree in Korea are NOT eligible to apply. ( Exception: Overseas Korean Adoptees and GKS scholars. )
- Applicants who have previously studied in a Korean university as exchange or visiting students CAN apply.
- Former applicants who had withdrawn from the scholarship after being selected as GKS scholars (applicable to those who did not come to Korea after being selected as GKS scholars and who had resigned from their studies) in the past are strictly NOT eligible to apply.
( Exception: Former GKS scholar whose scholarship was forfeited due to a scholar’s failure to achieve TOPIK level 3 or above after completing Korean language program may be deemed eligible to re-apply if a scholar achieved TOPIK level 5 or above. )
- Applicants must choose only ONE program.
- Embassy Track applicant may choose only ONE of the following programs: General, Overseas Koreansadoptees, Korean Language Teaching Professionals, or Research program.
- University Track applicant may choose only ONE of the following programs: General, Science & Engineering majors of Regional University, or Research program.
V. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
1. List of required documents for Master’s and Doctoral degree applicants.
2. Notes for ALL Applicants
- All application documents must be written either in Korean or English.
- Documents written in languages other than Korean or English must accompany a complete Korean or English translation, authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary public.
- All application documents must be presented in their original forms. If an applicant has to submit photocopied documents, applicant MUST have the photocopies notarized, apostilled, or receive consular confirmation and submit those certified documents.
****For the applicants who are certain that they will not be able to get their academic documents reissued in the future, we strongly recommend them to submit notarized, apostilled or consular-confirmed academic documents in lieu of original documents.
- All documents submitted will NOT be returned to the applicants in any case.
- Application documents must be submitted in the order of the checklist on the first page of the application forms. Each required document must be numbered and labeled on the top right corner.(ex. 9. Certificate of Bachelor’s degree)
- Any fraudulent or incomplete applications will be disregarded.
- Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of applying must first submit the certificate of expected graduation at the time of applying. The official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript must be submitted by August 31st, 2021 at the very latest.
– If an applicant fails to submit official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript by August 31st, 2021 or does not fulfill the grade requirement, the scholarship will be forfeited.
- The recommendation letters must be written by two different recommenders, who can give thorough assessment on applicant’s academic abilities.
- The recommenders must seal recommendation letters in an envelope and sign across the back flap. The letters with broken seal or sign will be considered invalid.
– The applicants of Korean Language Teaching Professionals must include a recommendation letter written by the chairman of their employed institution (the Principal of the School or the President of the University).
- For the published papers, research papers, and awards, photocopies are acceptable.
- The proof of citizenship must be government-issued documents. The examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
– An original birth certificate issued by the government of the applicant’s country;
– A family register issued by the government of the applicant’s country
– Passport copies of the applicant and applicant’s parent (no need of notarization)
*** [Documents Required for Applicants of Korean Language Teaching Professionals]***
- Certificate of Employment (Teaching Career): The teaching subject MUST be indicated as Korean Language.Degree Certificate: MUST hold a degree in Korean-related major (such as Korean language, Korean
- Studies, Teaching Korean to Speakers of Other Language, and etc.)
- Recommendation letters: At least ONE of the recommendation letters must be written by the chairman of their employed institution (the Principal of the School or the President of the University).
VI. SELECTION PROCEDURES
1) Selection Procedures
- Applicants must apply either to a Korean Embassy where they hold citizenship or directly to one of designated universities.
- Institutions accepting applications.
- 116 Embassies of the Republic of Korea: In countries where Korean Education Center or Korean Cultural Center is located, these institutions may accept and review GKS applications in lieu of Korean embassies. We highly recommend applicants to contact Korean embassy in their countries to check which party is accepting the application.
– 64 Korean Universities designated by NIIED
- If an applicant submit application to more than ONE institution, his or her application will be discarded.
- Those who apply as overseas Koreans must apply to the Korean Embassy in their home countries. Only those who own citizenships of one of the selected countries that have been allocated overseas Korean quota (refer to II.) are eligible to apply.
- Chinese applicants must submit their applications to the China Scholarship Council, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of China.
- The Czech Republic applicants must submit their applications to the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, in accordance with the agreement between the Korean government and the Czech Republic government.
2. Deadline of Application Submission
- The application deadline is set by each Korean embassy or university.
- All applicants must check the deadline of application submission by contacting their relevant embassy or desired university directly.
- Please refer to the following for contact information:
– Korean Universities: Refer to Appendix C or the “University Information” file (attached to GKS-G Announcement post)
3. University and Field of Study Choice
1. Embassy Track Applicants
– Applicants must choose THREE different desired universities and available fields of study among 64 universities listed in section III.
– Applicants that pass the 2nd round of selection will go through university admission in the 3rd round of selection (Refer to “4. Selection Procedure” below).
2. University Track Applicants
– Applicants must choose a major and ONE desired university among 67 universities.
For the list of universities and fields of study that are available to apply, please refer to the “ 2021 GKS-G Available Universities & Fields of Study ” file attached along with GKS-G announcement post.
3. Application Screening and Evaluation
- Applications will be reviewed by each round’s selection committee.
- Each selection committee will consider various factors when screening applications such as the following:
- Academic Transcript
- Personal Statement
- Statement of Purpose or Research Proposal
- Letters of recommendation
- Certificates of Language Proficiency (Korean or English), publications, awards, and etc.
VII. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP
1. Doctoral Degree Program: 4 years (2021. 9. 1. ~ 2025. 8. 31.)
- 1 year of Korean language program
- 3 years of regular degree program
2. Master’s Degree Program: 3 years (2021. 9. 1. ~ 2024. 8. 31.)
- 1 year of Korean language program
- 2 years of degree program
3. Research Program: 6 Months (2021. 9. 1. ~ 2022. 2. 29.)/1 Year (2021. 9. 1. ~ 2022. 8. 31.)
4. Important Notes regarding Scholarship Period
- The scholarship period for the degree (Master’s-2years, Doctoral-3years) and research program (6months – 1 year) cannot be extended once the scholarship is terminated.
- The period change during the Korean language program will not affect the scholarship period for the degree program. In other words, even if a scholar’s language program shortens to 6months instead of a year, the scholarship period that GKS supports for his or her degree program will remain the same (2 years for Master’s degree and 3 years for Doctoral degree).
- GKS scholars with TOPIK level 5 or 6
– GKS scholars who have already received valid TOPIK level 5 or 6 at the time of applying are exempt from a yearlong Korean language program. Thus, the total scholarship period will be 2years for Master’s degree scholars and 3years for Doctoral degree scholars.
– Those who receive TOPIK level 5 or 6 within the first 6months of the Korean language program will be exempt from 6-month language training and must start their degree program in the following semester. The total scholarship period for these scholars will be shortened to 2.5 years for Master’s degree scholars and 3.5years for Doctoral degree scholars.
- Research program scholars, upon their completion of the program and before returning back to their countries, must submit their thesis or research results that include methods, data collection, and discussion of the findings as well as the academic advisor’s evaluation on scholar’s performance.
– Entry to Korea: An economy class flight ticket from GKS scholar’s home country to Korea
– Return: An economy class flight ticket from Korea to GKS scholar’s home country
– Entry flight ticket will NOT be provided to scholars who have resided in Korea at the time of applying to this program and up until the designated arrival period.
– The return flight ticket is only offered to GKS scholars who successfully complete their degree coursework.
– The return flight is NOT offered to those who have withdrawn from the scholarship in the middle of their studies.
– Any fees domestic travel fees within a GKS scholar’s home country are NOT covered.
– International travel insurance is NOT covered.
– For GKS scholars selected in China and Czech Republic: The flight tickets will be prepared and provided by the government of China and Czech Republic, respectively, in accordance with the agreement made between Korean government and the governments of two countries.
2. Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW (offered once after entry to Korea)
3. Monthly Allowance: (Degree Program) 1,000,000 KRW per month, (Research Program) 1,500,000 KRW per month
4. Research Allowance
– Liberal Arts and Social Science majors: 210,000 KRW per semester
– Natural Science and Engineering majors: 240,000 KRW per semester
5. 1-Year Korean Language Training Fee: Fully covered
6. Degree Program Tuition: Fully covered
– Tuition amount covered by NIIED is maximum 5 million KRW, and the amount that exceeds 5 million KRW will be covered by scholar’s university.
– University Admission fees are waived for GKS scholars.
7. 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.
8. Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month
9. Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month
– This special grant is given only to GKS scholars in the degree program who have attained valid TOPIK level 5 or 6.
10. 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.
1 . Applicants who received outstanding scores for their proficiency in Korean or English may be given preference. Some examples include the followings:
– Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
– Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are NOT acceptable)
2. Applicants who apply for majors in the field of Natural Science and Engineering are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
3. Applicants who apply for majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
4. Academic professors holding citizenship of developing countries, especially ODA recipients, are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
5. Descendants of Korean War veterans will receive additional 5% of the total marks.
6. Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.
7. Applicants who are confirmed to be the ‘third generation’ or ‘post-third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference.
VIII. CONTACT INFORMATION
- Embassies of the Republic of Korea in foreign countries: Refer to Appendix B
- Available Korean Universities for GKS Graduate Degrees: Refer to Appendix C
- Global Korea Scholarship Center, NIIED
Email: [email protected]
Address: 191, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (13557) Republic of Korea
Websites: www.studyinkorea.go.kr / www.niied.go.kr
- Other useful websites :
- Learning Korean : www.sejonghakdang.org
- Korean Portal : www.korea.net
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs : www.mofa.go.kr
- Visa and Immigration : www.immigration.go.kr AND www.hikorea.go.kr
- Higher Education in Korea : www.academyinfo.go.kr
Download KGSP 2020 Application Form and other documents
You can read the Frequently Asked Questions about NIIED KGSP Scholarship 2021.
You can download the 2020 GKS Korean Government Scholarship application forms from following link:
Check the guidelines carefully for further information such as the eligibility requirements, required documents and directions to submit the application.
The deadline will be decided by each office that accepts the application documents, i.e. the Korean Embassies or selected universities. Please make sure to check their separate announcement for the deadlines.
Thank you and good luck!
TOPIK GUIDE Team