Global korea Scholarship Program

Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Program 2021 for Graduate Degrees

The  Korean Government’s Global Korea Scholarship program opens its application for all aspiring international students who wish to pursue their graduate-level degree (master’s or doctoral) or research in Korea.



Korean Language Program(1 Year)+ Master’s (2 Years Doctoral (3 Years) /Research (6 months to 1 year)


Airfare, Settlement Allowance, Monthly Allowance, Research Allowance, Korean Language Training, Tuition, Thesis Printing Fee Medical Insurance, Scholarship Completion Grants, Korean Proficiency Grants (for advanced TOPIK level holders only)



  • All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED designated countries that are invited to take part
    in the GKS program.
  • All applicants and their parents must NOT hold Korean citizenship. If an applicant or his/her
    parent(s) hold dual citizenship (one who have Korean citizenship and citizenship of another
    country), he/she is NOT eligible to apply.
    ※ Exception: For Overseas Korean applicants (Embassy Track) holding Japanese citizenship, if their
    parents hold ‘Permanent Residency Permit’ within Japan while holding Korean citizenship, are eligible
    to apply.
  • Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit
    documentation that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.

Degree Requirements

  • Master’s Program Applicants: Must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a level of education equivalent
    to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Doctoral Program Applicants: Must hold a Master’s degree or a level of education equivalent
    to or higher than a Master’s degree.
  • Research Program Applicants: Must have received an invitation from one of the partner
    universities and must meet the criteria below:
     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 Cooperation Professionals: Must
    hold a Master’s degree or higher AND must be a professional in the 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.
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  • Must be under 40 years of age (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 the Official Development Assistance (ODA)
    recipients listed in the table below are eligible to apply.

< ODA Recipients (104 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, 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


  • 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.
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  • All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to study in Korea for the
    full duration of the academic degree or research programs.
  • 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 who owns a serious illness that prevents him or her to study abroad for long
    period of time including the full duration of the academic degree or research
    program in Korea.


List of required documents

For other details, you can read this application guidelines in this website or download it here.

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