Korean Government Scholarships for International Students

Korean Government Scholarships are available for International Students. The duration of this scholarship is 1 year to 4 years. This position is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to March 31, 2015.

The Korean Government through the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) offers the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Postgraduate students. The scholarship is aimed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.

Payment benefits include:
- 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 scholars 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 Per Semester: 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 240,000 won for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences.
- 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).

- Masters: 1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Masters study.
- Doctoral: 1 year of Korean language + 3 year of Doctoral study After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of masters or 3 years of doctoral) can not be extended beyond the designated duration.

Application Requirements
To qualify for this scholarship:
- The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenships. Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are NOT permitted to apply for this program.
- Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sept. 1st, 2014.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor 's or Master 's degree as of September 1st of the selection year.
- Applicants who have enrolled in or graduated from a university in Korea are NOT eligible for the KGSP program. Specifically, applicants who have previously enrolled in or graduated from an undergraduate program, a master 's program, or a doctoral program in Korea can not apply for this program.
- Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80 % or higher from the previously attended institution. If the applicant does not satisfy the above GPA requirements, he/she will be ineligible to apply to this program.

How to apply?
Applicants can only apply for the scholarships through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University (i.e. 1st Selection Institutions) for this program, you should contact one of the 1st Selection Institutions (90 Overseas Korean Embassies or designated Domestic Universities) and submit the application no later than the designated deadline. See websites of Korean Embassy/Consulate in your own country.

The guideline, application form, and university information will be available at the website of GKS, Korean Embassies, and designated domestic universities. The deadline for recommendation to NIIED is March 31st every year. The deadline of submission is earlier and will vary per country depending on the deadline set forth by the Korean Embassy (Consulate) in the country of origin or the universities in Korea.

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