Fellowships & Grants

2013 Korean Government Scholarship Program

1. 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.

2. Quota for U.S.A Scholars

  • General : 15 persons
  • Overseas Korean Adoptee : 5 persons

3. Duration of Scholarship

  • Master’s (01.09.2013 ~ 31.08.2016) : 1 yr. of Korean language + 2 yrs of Master’s
  • Doctoral (01.09.2013 ~ 31.08.2017) : 1 yr. of Korean language + 3 yrs of Doctoral
    *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.*

4. Application 4Requirements

  • 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 when its orientation, an Official Medical Examination will be done by NIIED. A serious illness (For example, HIV, Drug, etc) will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.
  • The handicapped who satisfy the above are also eligible for the program
  • NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2013 (born after Sep. 1st, 1973).
    Applicants must hold a Bachelors or Masters degree as of September 1st, 2013.
  • (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 masters program, a doctoral program or an exchange 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, 2013 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 Masters program must hold a Bachelors 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 Masters 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, 2013 must submit a certificate of degree or diploma expectation, and submit the official certificate of degree or diploma to NIIED by August 31st, 2013.
  • 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.

5. 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.

6. Required Documentation

  • One original document (placed in a separate envelope) and 3 extra copies.
  • Documents not in English or Korean must be accompanied by a complete English or Korean translation
  • authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary’s office.

Check List for Application Documents

1. Personal Data (Attachment #1)

2. Self-Introduction (Attachment #2)

3. Study Plan (Attachment #3)

4. Letter of Recommendation (Attachment #4)

5. Pledge (Attachment #5)

6. Personal Medical Assessment (Attachment #6)

7. Copy of diploma or certificate of graduation from undergraduate institution

8. Official transcript of previously attended undergraduate institution(s)

9. Copy of diploma or certificate of graduation from graduate institution (Not Required for Master's)

10. Official transcript of previously attended graduate institution(s) (Not Required for Master's)

11. Certificate of TOPIK score (original copy), if available (If Applicable)

12. Certificate of TOEFL or IELTS score (original copy) (If Applicable)

13. Published papers, if available (one or two) (If Applicable)

14. Awards, if available (one or two) (If Applicable)

15. Copy of passport (possible to submit after selection)

16. Certificate of citizenship of parents of applicant : birth certificate,
passport, etc. (* applicable only to overseas Korean immigrants) (If Applicable)

17. Adoption documents (*applicable only to overseas Korean adoptees) (If Applicable)
* Applicants must submit all the documents by the checklist order. (Checklist for the application documents should be on the front page, followed by the required documents, stapled and attached.)

7. Selection Procedure <For U.S. applicants (including Korean adoptees) who apply for KGSP via Korean Embassy>

(1st Selection)

Korean Embassy makes its own selection schedule and plan based on the criteria provided by NIIED, and accept the applications.

1 Each Korean Consulate-General in U.S. screens and selects its applicants according to its timetable, and then
recommends them to Korean Embassy.

2 Then Korean Embassy selects 1.5 times as many candidates as their quota from the pool of applicants and recommends them to NIIED

(2nd Selection)

NIIED Selection Committee selects as many successful candidates as each embassy quota amongst the pool of candidates recommended by the Embassies.

(3rd Selection)

  • NIIED submits the documents of successful candidates to their 3 universities of indicated preference, and requests admission examination of the candidates into their master’s or doctoral programs.
  • The universities have to notify the result of examination to the candidates and NIIED by the designated date.
  • The candidates who gain admission from more than one university will have to make a final selection, and notify their respective local Korean Embassy and NIIED by the designated date. Only the candidates who gain admission

within the 3rd Selection period can be accepted as official KGSP scholars.

8. Place of Submission

  • Korean Consulate-General Office near the applicants current address(including Overseas Korean Adoptee)
  • For DC, Virginia, Maryland, or West Virginia, documents must be submitted to the Korea Education Center in the Korean Embassy: (202-939-5680/1), Korean Education Center
    2320 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20008.

* Attachment(Information of Korean Consulate-General)

9. Application Deadline

  • Submitting the Required Documents: March(The deadline is decided by each Korean Consulate General )
    * For DC, Virginia, Maryland, or West Virginia, the deadline is : March 21, 2012(After submitting documents, the date for interview will be notified individually)

10. For further information, please contact :

KGSP Team, National Institute for International Education (NIIED)
- Address: #205 NIIED, 81 Ewhajang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-810, Republic of Korea

- www.studyinkorea.go.kr
English version: Korean Government Scholarship Program: Announcement
- Phone: +82-2-3668-1364, +82-2-3668-1389
- Fax: +82-2-743-4992
- Email: niied@mest.go.kr, yhlee2018@korea.kr

11. Other useful websites

12. Application Form and detailed information:
- Visit www.kecdc.org

Notice in KECDC number 63 (2013 Korean Government Scholarship Program)

<Refer to the attachments: 2013 KGSP Graduate Program Guideline(English-Korean)>

Download the Scholarship Application Guide


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