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Korean Government Scholarship Programme (Bachelors, Masters and PhD)

Korean Government Scholarship Programme (KGSP) current details have been announced: Applications are currently ongoing for the Korean Government Scholarship Programme (Bachelors, Masters and PhD programmes) for Developing Countries. Interested students should see the details below.

KDI School GKS-KGSP Details and FAQs

The KGSP (Korean Government Scholarship Program) is a scholarship program sponsored by the NIIED (National Institute for International Education) and designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students in the aim of promoting international exchange in education and mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.  

When is the application deadline?

20th March 2019

Each embassy and university will send the 1st round successful candidates’ applications and related documents to NIIED by April 4th, 2019.

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?


In which host country will the awardees be studying?

South Korea

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters, PhD Research

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

-Be non-Korean citizens whose parents are also non-Korean citizens*.
-Be physically and mentally healthy-Be under 40 years of age as of September 1st, 2019
-Hold a bachelor’s or an equivalent degree prior to August 31st, 2019
-Have a GPA higher than B or 80% from the previously attended institution
*Applicants must be from designated countries (see NIIED application guideline)

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

Full tuition, monthly stipend, round-trip airfare

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Total 3 years:

First year: Korean language training-Second & Third year: Master’s program

How to Apply:

Application Webpage

Please be sure to check both application guidelines in Link below before applying

Scholarship Webpage

Korean Government Scholarship Details and FAQs

The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is offered to international students who want to pursue Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Korean Universities. 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.

Korean government invites 780 international students from 156 countries, for degree(Master’s & Doctoral) and non-degree research programs in Korea through the Korean Government Scholarship. 

Korean Government Scholarships For Bachelors, Masters And PhD

When is the application deadline?

Applicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea.Applications (Embassy, University) are expected from:

  • Graduate: 1st February 2019 to 11th March 2019
  • Undergraduate: September 2019 to October 2019 (To open in September 2019)

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


What are the accepted subject areas?

Courses offered at one of the 60 participating Korean higher institutions

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

The Korean Government Scholarship is open to students from the following countries:

China, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Turkey, USA, Ethiopia, Colombia, Nepal, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ukraine, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Egypt, Tanzania, Germany, France, Dominica, Chile, Iran, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Pakistan, Gabon, Romania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Czech, Guatemala, Ecuador, Algeria, Yemen, Uganda, Belize, Honduras, Italy, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Ghana, Georgia, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, NIGERIA, Republic of South Africa, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Rwanda, Libya, Lithuania, Moldavia, Bahrain, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Brunei, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Slovenia, Armenia, Argentina, Haïti, Ireland, Afghanistan, Angola, Oman, Austria, Uruguay, Iraq, Israel, Zambia, Cameroon, Qatar, Kenya, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Panama, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Fiji, Hungary, Australia, Jordan

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

To be eligible for the Korean Government Scholarship:


  • Candidates and their parents must hold non-Korean citizenship.


  • KGSP-G: under 40
  • KGSP-U: under 25


  • Candidates must be physically and mentally healthy for their studies in Korea.

Degree Requirements

  • KGSP-G: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • KGSP-U: High school diploma


  • The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) must be 80% or higher; or
  • The CGPA must be 2.64/ 4.0, 2.80/ 4.3, 2.91/ 4.5, or 3.23/ 5.0 or higher.

How many scholarships are available?

  • KGSP Undergraduate: around 170 grantees will be awarded annually
  • KGSP Graduate: around 800 grantees will be awarded annually

Scholarship Benefits:

Flight | Tuition | Stipend | Medical Insurance | Settlement Allowance | Completion Grants

The Korean Government Scholarship will cover most of the following expenses:

  • Airplane ticket or airfare: The grantees will receive an airplane ticket or be paid an economy class airfare of the shortest route between their country and Korea when they come to Korea, and, thereafter, when they leave Korea after the completion of their study.
  • Monthly Stipend: about 800,000 won per month.
  • Tuition: The tuition fee up to 5 million won is exempted by the Korean Government, and if any, the tuition fee exceeding 5 million won and the entrance fee for the first semester by the host university.
  • Settlement Allowance: about 200,000 won upon arrival.
  • Repatriation Allowance: about 100,000 won upon completion of studies
  • Korean Language Training Expenses: The full costs up to 1 year (NIIED pays directly to the language training institution)
  • Medical Insurance: The grantees will be provided with health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
  • The grantee who has level 5 or higher in TOPIK will receive about 100,000 won per month after being enrolled at a university in his/her higher degree.

Selection Procedure:

1st Selection

Applicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partering universities in Korea. The embassies and universities select the successful candidates among the applicants in the 1st round of selection. The applicants of the successful candidates will then be forwarded to NIIED

2nd Selection

The NIIED selection committee selects the successful candidates among those who passed the 1st round.

3rd Selection

Among the successful candidates who have passed the 2nd round, the applications of those who applied through the Korean Embassies will be reviewed by universities for admission. Successful candidates must get admission from at least one of the universities.

Duration of Scholarship:

  • 1 year Korean language course +2 year Associate degree
  • 1 year Korean language course + 4 year Bachelors degree
  • 1 year Korean language course+ 2 years of Master’s degree
  • 1 year Korean language course + 3 years of Doctoral degree

To be taken at:

Korean Universities

How to Apply for the Korean Government Scholarship


Submission of required documents, applicants should contact the appropriate Korean Embassy (or Korean Education Center) in the country of applicant’s origin (or in the neighboring country) or the designated regional university, the organization in charge of the 1st round of selection.

To be selected as a KGSP grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean embassies of his or her origin.

So to apply for the program, please contact the 1st selection organizations to get detailed information on the 1st selection process such as application deadline and required documents, etc.

Applicants can only apply for the Korean Government Scholarship through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University.

For more information, visit this website.

Scholarship Webpage


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  • Fridaos

    Hi please I just want to write my waec and I want to apply for the scholarship please I don't know if am eligible for it

  • Oleru Oluebube Emmanuel

    What is the quota for Nigerians

  • If I am applying for masters with a 3.8 /5.0 CGPA..am I eligible..and do I need to write an extra exam