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NIIED KGSP Graduate Scholarship 2021 – Complete Guide 

 June 11, 2020

By  Satish Satyarthi

Study in Korea NIIED KGSP Scholarship

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NIIED has announced the application guidelines of the 2019 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Degrees.

For the year 2020, they are inviting 1276 international students from 153 countries, for degree (Master’s & Doctoral) and non-degree research programs.

2020 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 : 1276 Candidates

1. Graduate Degrees (Master’s and Doctoral program): 1266 Candidates

○ GKS Quota reserved for the Embassy Track: 650 Candidates (606 General + 20 Overseas Koreans + 30 Korean Language Teaching Professionals)

– Embassy Track Quota for General Applicants: 606 Candidates from 145 Countries

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– Embassy Track Quota for Overseas Koreans: 20 Candidates from 18 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.

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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.

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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 education

    cooperation between Korea and the countries listed above.

  • –  The quota allocated for Overseas Koreans is 20 and this is separately reserved for the overseas

    Koreans 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.

○ GKS Quota reserved for the University Track: 610 Candidates from 77 Countries (430 General candidates + 180 Science & Engineering majors of Regional University applicants)

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–  Applicants who plan to apply to GKS through the University Track must submit their applications to the university of their choice (Refer to III. Available Universities and Field of Study).

–  Refer to section VI. Selection Procedures for more details on the application process.

–  Among the assigned 610 University Track quota, 430 candidates will be selected from all available fields of study offered by 64 designated universities (Type A + Type B universities, refer to III. Available Universities and Fields of Study).

–  Applicants of the University Track must choose the option “General” for the type of application (Application Form 1).

–  Among the assigned 610 University Track quota, 180 candidates (refer to the table in pg. 4 for applicable countries) will be separately selected from the regional university applicants who applied for Natural Science and Engineering majors (refer to the table below for Type B universities).

2. 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)

 

III. AVAILABLE UNIVERSITIES AND FIELDS OF STUDY

1. Available Universities: 67 universities designated by NIIED.

ClassificationAvailable Universities

Type A:

General (29 institutions)

Academy of Korean Studies, Ajou University, Chung-Ang University, Dankook University, Ewha Womans University, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Hanyang University, Incheon National University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Inha University, Konkuk University, Kookmin University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea Development Institut (KDI School), Korea Polytechnic University, Korea University, Kyung Hee University, Myongji University, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Sangmyung University, Seoul National University, Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech), Sogang University, Sookmyung Women‟s University, Soongsil University, Sungkyunkwan University, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), University of Seoul, Yonsei University

Type B: General + Regional (35 institutions)

Busan University of Foreign Studies, Chonnam National University, Chungbuk National University,  Chungnam National University, Daegu University, Daejeon University, Dong-a University, Dongseo University, Gyeongsang National University, Handong Global University, Hannam University, Hanseo University, Hoseo University, Inje University, Jeju National University, Jeonju University, Jeonbuk National University, Kangwon National University, Keimyung University, Kongju National University, Konyang University, Kumoh National Instituteof Technology, Kyungpook National University, Namseoul University, Pai Chai University, Pukyong National University, Pusan National University, Semyung University, Silla University, Soonchunhyang University, Sunchon National University, Sun Moon University, University of Ulsan, Woosuk University, Yeungnam University

2. Available Fields of Study

○ For more detailed information on majors (fields of study) offered by the universities listed above, refer to the “University Information” 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 “University Information” 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 double 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.

○ Night School, Short-term seasonal programs, online and distant-learning programs are not available to apply and admission is not permitted.

IV. 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 Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients listed in the table below are eligible to apply.

< *ODA Recipients(107 countries) >

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

3. 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.

○ 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, 2019 at the very latest.

– In case an applicant fails to submit the above mentioned document by August 31st, 2019 or does not fulfill the grade requirement, the scholarship will be forfeited.

○ 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 to this program.

  • ○  [Applicants of Korean Language Teaching Professionals]: Korean language instructors in the countries with allocated quota are eligible to apply for the program with the following conditions:

    • –  Occupation must be elementary/secondary school teacher, university lecturer, or professor

      teaching Korean language at a government-authorized education institution

    • –  Must receive a recommendation letter from the chairman of the employed institution.

    • –  Must have at least 2 years of teaching career (as of February 29, 2020)

    • –  Must hold (or be expected to hold) a bachelor‟s or above degree in Korean-related major

    • –  Must hold a TOPIK level 4 or above (valid TOPIK score required as a proof)

    • –  Must major in Korean Language Education under GKS (Applicants must apply as a

      „Korean Language Education‟ major. **Korean Language Education includes Teaching Korean to Speakers of Other Languages)

    • –  Must apply to a higher level degree
      ex) A master‟s degree holder cannot apply for the master‟s degree and MUST apply for the doctoral degree.

○ [GKS Scholars re-applying to the program]: The former or current GKS scholars who have attained or is expected to obtain the degree as of August 31 , 2020 are eligible to apply under following conditions:

– Submit their applications either through the Embassy Track or the University Track and must be selected from one of those two institutions in the 1st round of selection.

– Can only re-apply for a higher degree program once (Bachelor‟s→ Master‟s, Master‟s→Doctoral) and must have overall grade point average equivalent to or higher than 90%.

4. Grades

※ GPA: Grade Point Average, CGPA: Cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average

○ All applicants must have maintained the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following from their respective universities:

– 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% or above (Exception: GKS scholars must hold the grade of 90% or above)

○ Refer to Appendix A for the GPA Conversion table

○ If an applicant has a CGPA below the minimum grade requirement, the applicant will be disqualified and application will be disregarded.

○ 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 grade system.

5. Health

○ 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 6 or the “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 physician.

○ 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.

6. Restriction

○ 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)

○ 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.

○ (Prior Notice) Effective 2021

[※Restriction for GKS scholars who are reapplying to the program]
-GKS scholars who are reapplying to the program MUST hold TOPIK level 5 or 6 in order to reapply for the program starting from 2021 GKS Graduate Program.

7. Preference

○ 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)

○ Applicants who apply for majors in the field of Natural Science and Engineering are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.

○ Applicants who apply for majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.

○ Academic professors holding citizenship of developing countries, especially ODA recipients, are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.

○ Descendants of Korean War veterans will receive additional 5% of the total marks.

○ Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.

○ Applicants who are confirmed to be the ‘third generation’ or ‘post-third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference.

V. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

1. List of required documents for Master’s and Doctoral degree applicants.

KGSP Required Documents - 1 KGSP Required Documents - 2

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, 2019 at the very latest.

– If an applicant fails to submit official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript by August 31st, 2019 or does not fulfill the grade requirement, the scholarship will beforfeited.

○ 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).

3. Embassy Track Applicants

○ Must submit ONE set of original application forms and THREE sets of photocopied application forms.

4. University Track Applicants

○ Must submit ONE original application documents.

5. Research Program Applicants

○ Must submit ONE original application documents.

VI. SELECTION PROCEDURES

1. Application Submission

○ Applicants must apply either to a Korean Embassy where they hold citizenship or directly to one ofdesignated 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 Embassies in foreign countries: Refer to Appendix B

– Korean Universities: Refer to Appendix C or the “University Information” file(attached to GKS-G Announcement post)

3. University and Field of Study Choice

○ 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).

○ 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 “University Information” file attached along with GKS-G announcement post.

 

4. Selection Procedure

1st round of Selection

Applicants submit applications to Korean Embassies or Korean universities designated by NIIED. Each embassy and university selects candidates among the applicants based on NIIED’s selection criteria.

○ Each embassy and university will send the 1st round successful candidates’ applications and related documents to NIIED by April 3, 2020.

2nd round of Selection

The NIIED Selection Committee conducts the 2nd round of selection among candidates that passed the 1st round of selection.

○ University Track applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection are granted admission to the university. In order to be selected as GKS scholars, these University Track applicants MUST submit their comprehensive medical examination results and other additional required documents.

○ Comprehensive Medical Examination

– All candidates who pass the 2nd round must get comprehensive medical examinations based on NIIED’s Certificate of Health form and submit the medical examination result issued by a medical doctor or a licensed physician.

– The Certificate of Health form will be posted along with the announcement of successful candidates of 2nd round of selection.

– If the medical examination result shows that an applicant is not suitable to study and live overseas for the extended period of time, he or she will be disqualified.

3rd round of Selection

(Embassy Track Applicants ONLY)

The applications of the 2nd round successful candidates will finally be reviewed by the universities for admission. The final round successful candidates must receive admission from at least one of the universities they applied in order to be selected as GKS Scholars.

5. 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.

6. Selection Timeline

KGSP 2020 Selection Criteria - 1 KGSP 2020 Selection Criteria - 2

VII. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

1. Scholarship Information is available at the following:

○ NIIED’s Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) website: www.studyinkorea.go.kr

– Application guidelines, Application Forms, University Information

○ Embassies of the Republic of Korea: Refer to Appendix B for contact information

○ Designated Korean Universities: Refer to Appendix C for contact information

2. Scholarship Benefits

○ Airfare

– 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.

○ Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW (offered once after entry to Korea)

○ Monthly Allowance: (Degree Program) 1,000,000 KRW per month, (Research Program) 1,500,000 KRW per month

○ Research Allowance

– Liberal Arts and Social Science majors: 210,000 KRW per semester

– Natural Science and Engineering majors: 240,000 KRW per semester

○ 1-Year Korean Language Training Fee: Fully covered

○ 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.

○ 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 have attained 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.

VIII. PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP

1. Doctoral Degree Program: 4 years (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2024. 8. 31.)

○ 1 year of Korean language program

○ 3 years of regular degree program

2. Master’s Degree Program: 3 years (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2023. 8. 31.)

○ 1 year of Korean language program

○ 2 years of degree program

3. Research Program: 6 Months (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2021. 2. 29.)/1 Year (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2021. 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.

IX. KOREAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM

○ All scholars, unless exempt, must take one year mandatory Korean Language Program at Korean language institutions assigned by NIIED.

○ Exemption of the Korean Language Program

– 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 and must directly enroll in degree program.

– GKS scholars who receive TOPIK level 5 or 6 within the first 6months of the Korean language program are exempt from the subsequent 6-month language training and must start their degree program in the following semester.

– All applicants and scholars must submit valid TOPIK certificates to NIIED.

– If one wishes to be exempt from the Korean language program, the 64th TOPIK score is the last TOPIK score one can report to NIIED to request for exemption from the Korean language program. One must submit the valid TOPIK certificate to NIIED and his or her university by end of June, 2019.

○ Korean language institution is assigned to each student based on following criteria:

– The language institution is not located in the same city as the scholar’s degree pursuing university.

– The language institution should provide a variety of Korean cultural experiences in addition to offering focused and professional Korean language training

○ Korean language institution for each GKS scholar will be announced along with the list of finally selected GKS scholars.

○ GKS scholars cannot change their assigned Korean language institutions in any case.

○ GKS scholars must live on-campus during the Korean language program.

– Most dormitory rooms are shared with roommates.

– Accompanying family members is strictly forbidden during the Korean language program.

– A scholar with a valid TOPIK level 3 or above may choose to live on- or off-campus.

○ Prerequisites for proceeding to the degree program

– ALL GKS scholars MUST achieve at least level 3 on TOPIK by the end of one year Korean language program, in order to proceed to the degree program.

X. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES

1. Medical Insurance

○ Universities and Korean language institutions will enroll in medical insurance plan on behalf of GKS scholars.

○ The medical insurance plan will be effective immediately after one’s arrival in Korea.

○ The medical fees incurred during the insurance enrollment period will be reimbursed by the insurance company.

– If a GKS scholar has to receive medical treatment, one must first pay for the medical bills and submit receipts to one’s insurance company.

– The insurance company will refund partial or full amount of the medical bills (depending on the insurance plan). It is GKS scholar’s responsibility to check the insurance terms and policies provided to the scholar when one enrolls in the insurance plan.

○ The medical insurance will not cover the expenses for dental care or chronic disease.

2. Scholarship Withdrawal and Cancelation

○ One who withdraws from the scholarship after being selected as a GKS scholar will NOT receive degree completion grants and airfare for returning back to one’s country.

○ If a GKS scholar withdraws from the scholarship within the first 3months after entering Korea, one MUST return the full scholarship amount that he or she has received after being selected as GKS scholar. This will include the airfare from one’s home country to Korea, settlement allowance, monthly allowance, language training fees, medical insurance fees, and etc.

– Former applicants who had withdrawn from the scholarship after being selected as GKS scholars in the past are strictly NOT eligible to apply.

3. Restriction on changing universities and degree

○ Changing the university or transferring to a different university under this scholarship is NOT, in any case, permitted.

○ Changing a major may be allowed under restricted conditions including, but not limited to the following:

– With the approval from a scholar’s university and concerned departments;

– With the scholarship period unchanged (2 years for Master’s degree and 3 years for Doctoral degree).

4. To applicants who are residing in Korea

○ If you are selected as a GKS scholar while residing in Korea, it is your responsibility to take care of all the visa matters such as visa change, extension, and etc. You will have to check with the immigration‟s office ahead in order to prevent inconvenience and obstacles that may occur regarding visa issues. If a scholar has to go back to one‟s country for a visa change, you will have to pay for the airfare at your own expense.

XI. CONTACT INFORMATION

1. Embassies of the Republic of Korea in foreign countries: Refer to Appendix B

2. Korean Universities designated by NIIED: Refer to Appendix C

3. Global Korea Scholarship Team, Dept. of Global Human Resources Development, NIIED

○ Websites: www.studyinkorea.go.kr / www.niied.go.kr

○ Email: [email protected]

4. Other useful websites

Korean Portal www.korea.net

Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.mofa.go.kr

Visa and Immigration

www.immigration.go.kr

www.hikorea.go.kr

Higher Education in Korea heik.academyinfo.go.kr

DOWNLOAD GKS KGSP 2020 COMPLETE GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION FORM IN PDF FORM

Download KGSP 2020 Application Form and other documents

You can read the Frequently Asked Questions about NIIED KGSP Scholarship 2018.

You can download the 2020 GKS Korean Government Scholarship application forms from following link:

Korean Government Scholarship Program KGSP – GKS 2020 Documents Download

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

      • Hello my name is joseph and I come from ivory coast, i would like to get a maximun information about NIIED scolarship and i’m very interested about that opportunity to study in South korea.
        actually i study in India and will get my final result of my bachelor in 1 month and i would like to applied for my master degree for the period February 2018,but it a distance bacelore that why i would like to know if it is possible for me to applied for NIIED scholarship

  • hi!
    first of all , i’m not a new bachelor .. i mean i have started my studies here in my country last year but i really wonder if i could continue studying in korea because this was my dream since i was too young and i guess my education qualifies me to do so since i study english as a future teacher
    so please can you tell me if i have the chance to realize my dream or at least . have i another way to be there soon

    thank you

  • hi my name is seemab and i have done bs (hons) in political science. can i apply for ms political science??? its my dream to study here . plz guide me to apply for this scholarship?? and also tell me the deadline for the scholarship??

  • Hello, I wanted to ask, if is it possible or not to apply for the KGSP scholarship and for example some other scholarship but in the USA or the UK at the same time? Or I can apply for only this scolarship? I do know that I can’t apply for other scholarships in Korea, but I haven’t found anything about other countries…

    • You can apply for as many scholarships as you want, in Korea or anywhere else. It’s just that you can’t avail more than one scholarships at the same time. So if you get selected for two or 3 scholarships, you will have to choose one.

  • Hello, I wanted to ask if I can send my application to the embassy as PDF Or should I printed it and delivered it to the embassy?

  • Hello. It is really very good chance for us to study in South Korea. And, I also want to apply for this scholarship. I have a bachelor’s diploma in English teaching. But I don’t have IELTS degree. Can I apply for this scholarship?

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    • Dear sir,
      Am ready to apply for global korean scholarship for my wife. I have some doubts please resolve my doubts.
      1 -where do i submit the application ?
      Is it possible in chennai.
      2 -How is the last date of application ?
      3 -can i go with my wife for dependent visa ?(sent procedure )

      [email protected]

  • I really really want to be granted this scholarship. Korean has always been a country I like among all the other countries I hope I can be accepted thanks.

  • How do you know why you weren’t selected at the first stage? For clarification sakes. I applied for GKS 2019 and I submitted all that was required as an embassy track applicant but I didn’t even make the first round of selection. How do I know where I’ve gone wrong because I carefully put together all the application and documents required and I met all the requirements. I’m so confused

  • Hi, I’m from Timor-Leste.

    I just want to know how I can apply for master degree in Communication and media, because right now I’m working in government at secretary estate for social communication. thank you for your response, my email [email protected]

  • Hello
    I’m Janson KAMOLE from DRC. I’ve applied through the embassy track for the master’s program. I’ve been contacted for the interview in march 2019. Unfortunately I haven’t passed the interview up to now.
    Can I still rely on that

  • I’m confused about the GPA. I’m interested in the Graduate program. It is above 80% or 90%. My gpa is above 80% but not 90. Am I not allowed to apply?

  • I am in my final year, I won’t be having my results till June next year when I will apply for master’s for kgsp. What marks of mine would be considered?

  • is there any scholarships for those who are studying korean language as a major in one of the countries mentioned above ? i mean scholarships for studying korean language itself?

  • Hi. I am lao. I just finished my high school this year that’s why I want to apply this scholarship to study in korea.so how can I apply it and I hope you will advice me more ???????? thank you

  • Good day! I just found out about this scholarship today and I am very interested in applying for this, if it’s still possible that I can catch up? Could someone walk me through the process? I’ll leave my email down below. Thank you!

  • hola.
    para el siguiente año estoy interesada en estudiar en mi pais Mexico,
    voy a estudiar turismo.
    mi pregunta es.
    pues inscribirme ahora o puede ser despues de terminar la universidad en mi pais?
    y en que universidades puedo aplicar para estudiar una licenciatura ( turismo )

  • iam a Tanzanian Lady holder of BAED(Bachelor of Arts with Education and currently a high school teacher but interested and ready to purse the masters degree, but the stumbling block is finance, hence the need of scholarship. i need your guidance as iam ready to start early next year

  • Hello. When announced Korean government sholarship for Graduate students for 2020. Because semester will start soon. Please give me any inform about it.thanks

  • Hello, I am interested in applying for the 2020 KGSP, but, do not see the application yet for Graduate Students. I have a Bachelors in Economics & Policy (University of WA – USA) and currently am enrolled in one year Mandarin language study at Beijing Normal University (Beijing). Would like to pursue Korean language study and graduate school in Seoul. Would appreciate some advice. – Thanks Tristan Kular

  • Goodmorning dear NIIED team! I want to apply for the graduate scholarship, but I already have a diploma from Korean University (Soonchunhyang) and I did not participate in any KGSP programs before. Can I apply for graduate school even if I have a Korean diploma? If not is there any other possible way? Thank you for your prompt reply!

  • Hello. I have been working for two years and it is almost impossible for me to go back to my university to get academic references as I am in a different city at the moment. Can I use references written by my superiors?

  • My name is Michael Oppong mensah, a Ghanaian national who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Akan with Linguistics and so very much interested in the scholarship to pursue my masters degree program in the same field of Linguistics but i need clarification with respect to the scholarship offer to study in south korea and the brochure.

  • Hello, this is Amaha Neway from Korea’s grateful country, Ethiopia. I have a deep sentiment to Korea’s culture and technological transformation. There is strong attachment between Ethiopia and South Korea. I also feel Korea is my second home that is why I have decided to study my PhD in South Korea. My background is Sociology and Social Work and I have great interest to study Sociology.

  • Is the probability to get in higher when applying over the embassy?
    I am currently in Korea, so would apply directly over the university but if applying over the embassy gets me higher chances I might consider going back to apply.

  • I currently live in China but I am a Haitian citizen and there doesn’t seem to be a korean embassy or consulate in Haiti how can I apply then?

  • What is the difference between the University Track applicants and the Embassy Track applicants? Are you allowed to pursue a masters degree for both?

  • I am from Bangladesh. I want to apply. But, How can I apply? I don’t know what is the prosses of registration.
    Please, reply soon….

  • Which website provides information on the names of those that passed the document review process and qualified for the 1st round of selection?

  • Due to curfew in Delhi and lockdown in the entire country I have not been able to submit my offline application in MHRD

  • Olá eu mechamo Maria Eduarda eu amo eve site e eu quero muito esse bolsa na Coreia eu posso menscrever?
    Muito obrigado.

  • Will the KGSP Undergraduate Scholarship be available for Undergraduates In September 2020 despite the Coronavirus?.

  • Yo aún no termino la universidad
    Y quisiera estudiar la universidad ahí, entonces no podría aplicar para la beca?

  • hello i’m from Philippines and i’m very interested in this program. i just wanna ask what diploma should i use if ever i will apply in this program. the high school diploma or senior high school diploma?

  • To whom it may concern,

    I would like to know the date when the GKS 2021 application be open?

    Thank you,

    Vivian Alvarado

  • Hello, thanks for your sharing.
    I’m interested to apply for Master degree next year.
    Just want to confirm, under the application form, Research Proposal is not required. I just need to go through the normal application process with embassy and NIIED, without contacting any supervisor right?

  • Thank you for the well written post. I was wondering if we are eligible to apply to KGSP for Master’s if we already have another Master’s degree. Like, going to Korea for a second one.

    Would that somehow make my application look better or worse? Thank you in advance.

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