345 Korean Government Scholarships for International Students

2012 Korean Government Scholarship Program Guideline for International Students from Both Developed and Developing Countries Enrolled in Graduate Programs for 2012-2013

Program Objective

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.

Total Number of Grantees : 345 international students

2012 KGSP Allocations by respective Korean Embassies : 145 candidates (from 90 nations). Among the 145 candidates, 15 (from 10 nations) overseas Korean adoptees are included. Their quotas are allotted to 10 Korean embassies, and are separate from general candidate quotas.
2012 KGSP Allocation for the Designated Korean Universities : 200 candidates (from 82 nations)
Eligible Universities and Fields of Study

Eligible Universities: The 51 listed universities (or institutions) as designated by NIIED

Applicants (including Korean adoptees) who apply for this program via Korean Embassies must choose 3 desired universities out of the 51 universities listed below.
Applicants who apply for this program via the designated universities may choose only 1 desired university out of the 51 universities listed below.

Ajou University
Cheongju University
Chonbuk National University
Chonnam National University
Chosun University
Chung-Ang University
Chungbuk National University
Chungnam National University
Daejeon University
Dong-A University
Dongguk University
Dongseo University
Ewha Womans University
Gyeongsang National University
Hallym University
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Hannam University
Hanyang University
Hongik University
Inha University
Inje University
Jeonju University
Kangwon National University
KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Keimyung University
Kongju National University
Kookmin University
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Korea National Defense University
Korea University
Kumoh National Institute of Technology
Kyonggi University
Kyunghee University
Kyungpook National University
Pai Chai University
Pohang University of Science and Technology
Pukyong National University
Pusan National University
Seoul National University
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Silla University
Sogang University
Sookmyung Women’s University
SoonChunHyang University
Sungkyunkwan University
Sun Moon University
The Academy of Korean Studies
University of Ulsan
Woosong University
Yeungnam University
Yonsei University

Available Fields of Study: Detailed information about the fields and majors offered by the listed eligible universities can be found in the University Information section on the GKS website (www.gks.go.kr). Applicants must choose their desired fields of study from the listed programs in the University Information section provided by participating universities.
  • Night schools, seasonal programs, broadcasting schools, and cyber-schools (including online distant learning programs) are not eligible for application.
Available Courses: Master’s programs and Doctoral programs
Main Notes for the 2012-2013 Selection
  • Applicants have to apply for this program via either an embassy or a designated university. Overseas Korean adoptees have to apply only via an embassy if their countries are allotted the adoptee quotas.
  • The selection process for applicants will proceed in three steps. Firstly, applicants must be selected by the institution he or she is applying through (a Korean embassy, or a designated university). Secondly, applicants who passed the first round must be selected by the NIIED Selection Committee. Finally, applicants who passed the second round must gain admission from a university.
  • Institutions accepting applications: 90 overseas Korean embassies or 51 designated Korean universities. Applicants who submit applications to more than one of the aforementioned institutions will be disqualified immediately.
  • Selection Procedure
    • 1st Selection: Each 1st selection institution will draft a selections standard based on the criteria provisioned by NIIED, and recommend the best applicants according to its respective standards.
    • 2nd Selection: The NIIED Selection Committee will select the most successful candidates from the pool of applicants recommended by the 1st selection institutions.
    • 3rd Selection: Only the candidates who were recommended by a Korean embassy and passed the 2nd selection successfully will be evaluated for admission by the 3 universities to which they applied; each candidate has to gain admission from at least one university.
    • Applicants who were recommended by a designated university will automatically be granted admission to said university that recommended them, upon the condition they are selected as a successful candidate in the 2nd Selection. Subsequently, once they pass the mandatory medical examination, they will join the ranks of the final successful candidates.
Duration of Scholarship
  • Master’s (01.09.2012 ~ 31.08.2015) : 1 yr. of Korean language + 2 yrs of Master’s
  • Doctoral (01.09.2012 ~ 31.08.2016) : 1 yr. of Korean language + 3 yrs of Doctoral
  • (Important) After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of master’s or 3 years of doctoral) cannot be extended beyond the designated duration.
  • In the case that a scholar possesses a TOPIK Level that is higher than 5, he or she is exempted from the Korean language course; the exempted period will be deducted from the total scholarship period (2 years for master’s or 3 years for doctoral).
Korean Language Course
  • All scholars, unless exempted, must take one year of Korean language course in the designated language institution.
  • Exemption from the Korean language course requirement: Korean proficiency at TOPIK Level 5 or 6 (with certification).
    • Scholars who have surpassed TOPIK Level 5 and want to start their degree course without the Korean language course should obtain permission from NIIED in advance.
    • Scholars who are exempted from taking the Korean language course may take their degree course starting from September 1st, 2012 or March 1st, 2013.
  • Only the scholars who will have passed at least Level 3 of TOPIK (the Test of Proficiency in Korean) after one year of Korean language course are permitted to start their master’s or doctoral program.
  • Scholars who do not pass at least TOPIK Level 3 after one year of Korean language course should complete an additional six-month coursework in the Korean language.
  • Language Institution : the NIIED has designated five language institutions for the Korean language course
Application Requirements
  • The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships. Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
  • Applicants should 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 (included in the application form) when he/she apply for this program, and then submit an Official Medical Examination Report issued in a hospital to NIIED after passing the NIIED Selection Committee (the 2nd Selection). A serious illness reflected in the examination results will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.
    • NOT Eligible : those who are pregnant
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2012 (born after Sep. 1st, 1972).
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1, 2012.
    • (Important) Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, or a doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated or will graduate from a Korean university as of August 31st, 2012 can apply for this program again only via the embassy if only he/she holds at least TOPIK Level 4 and obtain another recommendation within the allotment from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).
    • Applicants who apply for the Master’s program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
    • Applicants who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree.
    • Applicants who are expecting to obtain the relevant required degree or diploma by August 31st, 2012 must submit a certificate of degree or diploma expectation, and submit the official certificate of degree or diploma to NIIED by August 31st, 2012.
  • Applicants must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) 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 an applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
    • If the transcript is not indicated in grades/marks/scores format, or is difficult to convert into percentages, attachment of official explanation from the attended institution is required.
  • Applicants who have Korean proficiency or English proficiency may be given preference.
  • Applicants who apply for natural science and technology program may be given preference.
  • Scholarship Period : same as the period of invitation.
  • Payment:
    • Airfare : Round-trip economy class ticket.
      • Airfare for entry will not be provided to scholars who already presently live in Korea for academic study or employment.
      • The fees for domestic travel within a scholar’s home country and for travel insurance to and from Korea will not be provided.
      • Scholars from China and the Czech Republic will not be provided airfare by NIIED, but by their country of origin according to the mutual agreements.
    • Monthly Allowance : 900,000 won (KRW) per month.
    • Research Allowance : 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 240,000 won for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences, per semester.
    • Relocation (Settlement) Allowance : 200,000 won upon arrival
    • Language Training Fee : Full coverage
    • Tuitions : All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university). The tuition is paid by NIIED.
    • Dissertation Printing Costs : 500,000 ~ 800,000 won, depending on the 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 (commencing from the degree program)
How to apply ?

Please click HERE to start your scholarship application.



A joint collaboration between A*STAR Graduate Academy, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), this scholarship funds PhD studies in Singapore for 2012-2013.  International students will have an opportunity to undertake research at his/her chosen A*STAR Research Institute and register candidature at either NUS or NTU. As A*STAR is concerned with developing individuals’ research careers, the four-year PhD will be followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at a top university or research laboratory. Students will also have opportunities for overseas attachment of up to 12 months during their PhD studies.

Eligible Candidates: All International Students for the academic year 2012-2013

Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, citizens of ASEAN countries and other international students seeking admission as full-time Ph.D. research candidates in NTU are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Successful applicants have to take up Singapore citizenship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduates with (a) 1st Class Honours or (b) 2nd Upper Honours and good ‘A’ Level result or polytechnic diploma with merit.
  • Open to graduates from NTU, NUS or top overseas universities.
  • Candidates must not concurrently hold any other scholarships, awards or fellowships.
  • All candidates are encouraged to apply with their GRE scores.
  • Applications without GRE test scores will still be considered but successful applicants will have to satisfy the GRE requirement before embarking on their PhD studies.
  • The average scores of successful awardees for the combined Verbal and Quantitative components for past batches were 1370 with a standard deviation of 100 with at least 4.5 for the Analytical Writing Components.

Award details**

  1. Support for up to four years of Ph.D studies at NTU. The Ph.D degree is awarded by NTU.
  2. Research in Engineering and Sciences.
  3. Monthly allowance, full tuition, and other allowances (such as computer allowance, thesis allowance, book allowance, conference allowance).
  4. Opportunities for overseas attachment of up to 12 months during the Ph.D. studies.
  5. Successful candidates can take up a two-year post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) in one of the top overseas universities or research laboratories in the scholar’s chosen field.

**Rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time.

How to apply ? Please click HERE to start the scholarship application.

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