Tuesday, February 16, 2021

[Master and Doctoral] Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) 2021, 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).

In 2021, Korean Government's Global Korea Scholarship program aims to invite 1,278 international students from 154 regions who wish to pursue a graduate level degree (master's or doctoral) or research in Korea.

To be selected as a GKS (KGSP) grantee, an applicant must successfully pass the 1st round of selection managed by the Korean embassy where he or she holds the citizenship or NIIED-designated Korean universities.

The deadline will be decided by each institution or office that accepts the application documents, i.e. the Korean Embassy, Institute of Korean Education, or Korean university.

*Application deadline may differ from one country to another or by each university; We highly advise you to make sure to check the calls for 2021 GKS application separately announced by relevant institutions or offices.

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  • Airfare
  • Settlement Allowance
  • Monthly Allowance
  • Medical Insurance*
  • Language Training Fee
  • Tuition
  • Korean Proficiency Grants
  • Research Support Fee
  • Thesis Printing Fee
  • Degree Completion Grants


1. Degree
  • 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 a 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.

2. Age
  • 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 bellow are eligible to apply.

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

3. 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) 
  • 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.
4. Health:
  • 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 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.
※ All applicants must submit ‘Form 8. Personal Medical Assessment’ at the time of application. 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 hospital. After arriving in Korea, all GKS scholars will be subject to a medical examination administered by NIIED. If a GKS scholar is found to have a serious illness from the medical examination after arriving in Korea, he or she will be disqualified from their GKS scholarship.

5. GKS scholars reapplying to the program
  • Previous or current GKS scholars (previously known as KGSP scholars) who meet the additional criteria below are eligible to apply for the program:
    • Must hold the grade of 90% or above on a 100 point scale or be ranked within the top 10% within one’s class.
    • Must hold TOPIK level 5 or 6 (must hold a valid certificate at the time of application)
  • Previous or current GKS scholars can only re apply for a higher degree program once.
    • Bachelor’s→Master’s, Master’s→Doctoral or Research (Professor Exchange Program, Program for E.S.C.I. Professionals), Doctoral→Research
  • If applying for a Postdoctoral Research Program, applicants who apply for majors in the field of Natural Science and Engineering will be given preference.
  • Previous or current GKS scholars who are re selected as a 2021 GKS scholar will be exempt from the Korean language program.

6.  For Korean Language Teaching Professionals
Applicants who meet the additional criteria below are eligible to apply for the program:
  • Applicant must be an elementary and secondary school teacher, university lecturer, or professor who teaches Korean language at a government authorized education institution. The government authorized education institution does not include for profit afterschool academy, institution, or organization.
  • Must have at least 2 years of teaching career (as of February 28, 2021)
  • Must hold a TOPIK level 4 or above (certificate issued after January 1st, 2018 will be accepted)
  • Must major in Korean Language Education (applicants must select ‘Korean Language Education’ when choosing their major/field of study.)
Applicants may be exempt from the Korean language program if they wish

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.

  • 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