Thursday, January 31, 2019

[Master, PhD and Postdoctoral] Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) 2019, South Korea (Fully Funded)

Global Korea Scholarship is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for graduate-level degrees, which will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries.

※ As Korean Government Scholarship Programs have been integrated and branded as Global Korea  Scholarship in 2010, the name is changed to GKS (Global Korea Scholarship).

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Degree Requirements:
  • Applicants must hold or must be expected to hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree by August 31st, 2019. 
    • Doctoral Program Applicants: Must hold a Master’s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Master’s degree 
    • Master’s Program Applicants: Must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a level of education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree 
    • Research Program Applicants: Must hold a degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree and must have received an invitation from one of NIIED’s designated Korean universities. 
      • Postdoctoral Research Program: Must hold a doctoral degree or a level of education equivalent to a doctoral degree. 
      • Professor Exchange Program: Must hold a Master’s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree. 
      • Program for Education·Science·Culture·International Professionals: Must hold a Master’s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree. 
  • Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of applying must first submit the certificate of expected graduation at the time of applying. The official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript must be submitted by August 31st, 2019 at the very latest. 
    • In case an applicant fails to submit the above mentioned document by August 31st, 2019 or does not fulfill the grade requirement, the scholarship will be forfeited.
  • Prospective applicants who have attained a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or a doctoral degree in Korea are NOT eligible to apply. (※Exception: Overseas Korean Adoptees and GKS scholars)
  • Applicants who have previously studied in a Korean university as exchange or visiting students canapply to this program. 
  • The GKS scholars who is holding or is expected to hold the degree as of August 31st, 2019 are eligible to apply under following conditions: 
    • Submit their applications through either Embassy Track or University Track and must be selected from one of those two institutions in the 1st round of selection. 
    • Can only re-apply for the higher degree program once (Bachelor’s→ Master’s, Master’s→  Doctoral) and must have overall grade point average equivalent to or higher than 90%. 

Grades
※ GPA: Grade Point Average, CGPA: Cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average
  • All applicants must have maintained the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following from their respective universities:
    • 2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
    • 2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
    • 2.91 on a 4.5 scale;
    • 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or
    • Score percentile: 80% or above (Exception: GKS scholars must hold the grade of 90% or above) 
  • Refer to Appendix A for the GPA Conversion table  
  • If an applicant has a CGPA below the minimum grade requirement, the applicant will be disqualified and application will be disregarded. 
  • 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 grade system. 
Health
  • All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to study in Korea for the full duration of degree or research programs.
  • All applicants must submit Form 6 or the “Personal Medical Assessment” at the time of applying.
  • All applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must receive comprehensive medical checkup and submit the certificate of health and medical examination result issued by a medical doctor or a licensed physician.
  • 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 owns serious illness that prevents him or her to study abroad for long period of time including the full duration of degree or research program in Korea.

Preference:
  • Applicants who received outstanding scores for their proficiency in Korean or English may be given preference. Some examples include the followings:
    • Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
    • Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are NOT acceptable)
  • Applicants who apply for majors in the field of Natural Science and Engineering are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
  • Applicants who apply for majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
  • Academic professors holding citizenship of developing countries, especially ODA recipients, are given priority when they receive same marks with other candidates.
  • Descendants of Korean War veterans will receive additional 5% of the total marks.
  • Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.
  • Applicants who are confirmed to be the ‘third generation’ or ‘post-third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference. 
 
Required Document:


Notes for ALL Applicants
  • All application documents must be written either in Korean or English.
  • Documents written in languages other than Korean or English must accompany a complete Korean
  • or English translation, authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary public.
  • All application documents must be presented in their original forms. If an applicant has to submit photocopied documents, applicant MUST have the photocopies notarized, apostilled, or receive consular confirmation and submit those certified documents.
  • All documents submitted will NOT be returned to the applicants in any case.
  • Application documents must be submitted in the order of the checklist on the first page of the application forms. Each required document must be numbered and labeled on the top right corner. (ex. 9. Certificate of Bachelor’s degree)
  • Any fraudulent or incomplete applications will be disregarded.
  • Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of applying must first submit the certificate of expected graduation at the time of applying. The official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript must be submitted by August 31st, 2019 at the very latest.
    • If an applicant fails to submit official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript by August 31st, 2019 or does not fulfill the grade requirement, the scholarship will be forfeited.
  • The recommendation letters must be written by two different recommenders, who can give thorough assessment on applicant’s academic abilities
  • The recommenders must seal recommendation letters in an envelope and sign across the back flap.
    The letters with broken seal or sign will be considered invalid.
  • For the published papers, research papers, and awards, photocopies are acceptable.
  • The proof of citizenship must be government-issued documents. The examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • A birth certificate issued by the government of the applicant’s country;
    • A family register issued by the government of the applicant’s country
    • Passport copies of the applicant and applicant’s parent
  • Embassy Track Applicants 
    • Must submit ONE set of original application forms and THREE sets of photocopied application forms.
  • University Track Applicants
    • Must submit ONE original application documents.
  • Research Program Applicants 
    • Must submit ONE original application documents.

How to Apply:
1. Application Submission
  • Applicants must apply either to a Korean Embassy where they hold citizenship or directly to one of designated universities.
  • Institutions accepting applications
    • 117 Embassies of the Republic of Korea: In countries where Korean Education Center or Korean Cultural Center is located, these institutions may accept and review GKS applications in lieu of Korean embassies. We highly recommend applicants to contact Korean embassy in their countries to check which party is accepting the application.
    • 67 Korean Universities designated by NIIED
  • If an applicant submit application to more than ONE institution, his or her application will be discarded.
  • Those who apply as overseas Koreans must apply to the Korean Embassy in their home countries.
    Only those who own citizenships of one of the selected countries that have been allocated overseas
    Korean quota (refer to II.) are eligible to apply.
  • Chinese applicants must submit their applications to the China Scholarship Council, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Korea and the government of China.
  • The Czech Republic applicants must submit their applications to the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, in accordance with the agreement between the Korean government and the Czech Republic government.

Deadline:
  • The application deadline is set by each Korean embassy or university.
  • All applicants must check the deadline of application submission by contacting their relevant embassy or desired university directly.
  • Please refer to the following for contact information:
    • - Korean Embassies in foreign countries: Refer to Appendix B
    • - Korean Universities: Refer to Appendix C or the “University Information” file(attached to GKS-G Announcement post)

Attached File

2019 GKS-G Application Guidelines(English).pdf [859729 byte]
2019 GKS-G Application Form.docx [84289 byte]

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