Korean Government Scholarship

Purpose

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.

Main Notice

  • Applicants must apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program via either the Embassy Track or the University Track (Kookmin University).
  • Applicants (including Korean adoptees) who apply for this program via Korean Embassies must choose 3 desired universities out of the 65 universities
    (including Kookmin University).
  • Applicants who apply for this program via the designated universities may choose only 1desired university (Kookmin University) out of the 65 universities.
  • Institutions accepting applications :116 overseas Korean embassies or 65 designated Korean universities (Including Kookmin University).
    * Applicants who submit applications to more than one of the aforementioned institutions will be disqualified immediately.

Application Schedule (University Track)

Schedule Remarks
Application Period and Document Submission End of February ~ End of March
Application Period and Document Submission End of February ~ End of March
Document Evaluation End of March ~ Beginning of April By KMU Selection Committee
Interview (By Phone or Skype) Beginning of April By KMU Selection Committee
Announcement of Result of the 1st Selection Beginning of April Individual Notice by E-Mail
The 2nd Selection Mid of April By NIIED Selection Committee
Announcement for the Result of the 2nd Selection Beginning of May Posted on GKS Website
(www.studyinkorea.go.kr)
Announcement for Final Successful Candidates Mid of June Posted on GKS Website
(www.studyinkorea.go.kr)
Entry into Korea End of August

* Application dates are subject to change without prior notice. Please refer to the admission guideline announced every year.

Selection Procedure

  • 1st Selection Each 1st selection institution(an Korean Embassy or Kookmin University) will draft a selections standard based on the criteria provisioned by NIIED(National Institute for international Education), 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.
1st Selection
  • Documents Submission

    KMU

  • Document Evaluation, Interview or Performance Test

    KMU

  • Recommendation to NIIED

    KMU→NIIED

2nd Selection
  • Documents Submission

    NIIED

  • Announcement of Successful Candidate

    studyinkorea.go.kr

KMU Selection Criterion

All documents including transcript, self-introduction, study plan, certificates of language proficiency (Korean and English), recommendations, published papers and awards, etc., will be evaluated.

Eligibility

  • 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 be under 40 years of age of the selection year.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31stoftheselectionyear.
    * Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to this program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who are university professors currently in the developing countries may be given preference

Required Documents

Required Document Master’s Doctoral Research
1 ApplicationForm(Form1) MUST MUST MUST
2 LetterofSelf-Introduction(Form2) MUST MUST MUST
3 StatementofPurpose(Form3) MUST MUST
4 ResearchProposal(Form4) MUST
5 TWOLettersofRecommendation(Form5) MUST MUST MUST
6 LetterofInvitation(Form6)
*ResearchProgram applicantsONLY
MUST
7 KGSPApplicantPledge(Form7) MUST MUST MUST
8 PersonalMedicalAssessment(Form8) MUST MUST MUST
9 Bachelor’sDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy MUST MUST
10 Bachelor’sTranscript:originalcopy MUST MUST
11 Master’sDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy MUST MUST
12 Master’sTranscript:originalcopy MUST MUST
13 DoctoralDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy
*Post-DoctoralResearchProgram applicantsONLY
MUST
14 DoctoralTranscript:originalcopy
*Post-DoctoralResearchProgram applicantsONLY
MUST
15 CertificateofEmployment:originalcopy
*ResearchProgram applicantsONLY
MUST
16 Applicant’sProofofCitizenship MUST MUST MUST
17 Parents’ProofofCitizenship MUST MUST MUST
18 CertificateofKoreanCitizenshipRenunciation
*PreviousKoreancitizenshipholdersONLY
OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
19 AdoptionDocuments
*Overseas KoreanAdoptees ONLY
OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
20 CertificateofValidTOPIK OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
21 CertificateofValidEnglishProficiencyTest OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
22 PublishedPapers OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
23 Awards OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
24 Applicant’sPassportCopy Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
25 ComprehensiveMedicalExaminationResults
1. ApplicationForm(Form1)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
2. LetterofSelf-Introduction(Form2)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
3. StatementofPurpose(Form3)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
4. ResearchProposal(Form4)
Research MUST
5. TWOLettersofRecommendation(Form5)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
6. LetterofInvitation(Form6)
*ResearchProgram applicantsONLY
Research MUST
7. KGSPApplicantPledge(Form7)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
8. PersonalMedicalAssessment(Form8)
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
9. Bachelor’sDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
10. Bachelor’sTranscript:originalcopy
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
11. Master’sDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
12. Master’sTranscript:originalcopy
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
13. DoctoralDiplomaorCertificateofDegree:originalcopy
*Post-DoctoralResearchProgram applicantsONLY
Research MUST
14. DoctoralTranscript:originalcopy
*Post-DoctoralResearchProgram applicantsONLY
Research MUST
15. CertificateofEmployment:originalcopy
*ResearchProgram applicantsONLY
Research MUST
16. Applicant’sProofofCitizenship
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
17.Parents’ProofofCitizenship
Master’s MUST
Doctoral MUST
Research MUST
18. CertificateofKoreanCitizenshipRenunciation
*PreviousKoreancitizenshipholdersONLY
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
19. AdoptionDocuments
*Overseas KoreanAdoptees ONLY
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
20. CertificateofValidTOPIK
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
21. CertificateofValidEnglishProficiencyTest
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
22. PublishedPapers
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
23. Awards
Master’s OPTIONAL
Doctoral OPTIONAL
Research OPTIONAL
24. Applicant’sPassportCopy
Master’s Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
Doctoral Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
Research Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
25. ComprehensiveMedicalExaminationResults
Master’s Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
Doctoral Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY
Research Successfulcandidatesof2ndRound ONLY

Scholarship and Benefits

NIIED(National Institute for international Education) offers;
  • Airfare:Round-trip economy class ticket.
  • Monthly Allowance : 900,000 won (KRW) per month.
  • Research Allowance
    - 210,000 won (KRW) for scholars in the humanities and social sciences per semester
    - 240,000 won (KRW) for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences per semester
  • Relocation (Settlement) Allowance : 200,000 won (KRW)
  • Language Training Fee : Fully covered
  • Tuitions
    - All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university).
    - The tuition is paid by NIIED.
    - Duration of Scholarship
  • Master’s course : 1year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s
  • Doctoral course : 1year of Korean language + 3 years of Doctoral
    - Dissertation Printing Costs : 500,000 ~ 800,000 won (KRW), depending on the actual costs.
    - Medical Insurance : 20,000 won (KRW) 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 (KRW) per month (commencing from the degree program).
KOOKMIN University offers;
  • Stipend: 400,000(KRW) per semester
    * Kookmin University do not support the stipend during Korean Language Course.
  • Dormitory: Free on-campus dormitory provided.
  • Extra-curricular Activity: Cultural Activitiy(Visiting historical and industrial sites)

Contacts

  • Tel : +82-2-910-5835
  • e-mail : enterkmu@kookmin.ac.kr
  • Addr : International Affairs Team, Room202, Global Center, Kookmin University, 77 Jeongneung-ro, Seougbuk-gu, Seoul 02707, Korea
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