Thursday, September 24, 2020

Higher Education for ASEAN Talents (HEAT) Scholarship Opportunity 2020, South Korea (Fully Funded)

The Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) in collaboration with the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF) launched the Higher Education for ASEAN Talents (HEAT), a full scholarship opportunity for ASEAN faculty members to support acquisition of a doctoral degree in Republic of Korea with the aim to enhance their expertise and promote people-to-people exchanges between Korea and ASEAN universities.
Each year 30 scholarship recipients (the ASEAN faculty members representing their university) from 10 ASEAN Members States will be selected (3 persons per country), and each person will receive a full scholarship for three years. KCUE will cover tuition, living expenses, and other costs. Participants will receive a Doctoral degree from a Korean university after completion of the program.
HEAT is funded from ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF), and Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) is the implementing agency of the HEAT project. KCUE is a non-profit, non-governmental association of 4-year universities, representing the voice of member universities to increase autonomy and promote mutual cooperation between universities for the effective development of higher education in Korea.
Scholarship Period
3 years (March 1, 2021 ~ February 28, 2024)

List of Universities:

Applicants must apply for admission to only one university.

  • Roundtrip travel (one time only): Round-trip economy class flight ticket
  • Monthly Allowance: 1,100 USD per month
  • Relocation (Settlement) Allowance (one time only): 300 USD upon arrival
  • Tuition: All tuition and admission fees are waived
  • Dissertation Printing Costs: 400~600 USD, depending on the actual cost
  • Language Training Costs and Medical Insurance: the amount coverage or benefits will vary depending on each university
  • Others: various incidental allowances depend on each universities
    * All grants will be paid in KRW, and amounts may vary depending on the exchange rate.

  • Applicants with ASEAN citizenship
  • Applicants who are academic faculty members at a 4-year college/university * in their home country
    (*Higher Education Institution offering bachelor’s degree or equivalent courses)
  • Applicants whose highest educational attainment is a master’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Applicants who are in good health both physically and mentally to allow them to pursue their studies while residing in Korea over the long term.
  • Applicants who have discussed an academic leave of absence with the university they belong to and how to contribute to their school after their return.
  • Applicants who are younger than 45 years old on the day that the doctoral program starts (i.e. March 1, 2021).
  • Applicants who have a sufficient level of proficiency in Korean or English.
  • Applicants who meet each university’s additional requirements. 

Required documents:
  • Original Certificate of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree and each Transcript
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Applicant’s Proof of Citizenship Documents
Any fraudulent or incomplete applications will be disregarded and even if a grantee has been selected, he or she will forfeit the scholarship if the application is found fraudulent.

How to Apply:

  • The call for applications will be announced at KCUE & universities’ websites
  • Applicants submit applications to one of the 6 designated universities.
    * Applicants must apply for this program through only one university. Applicants who submit applications to more than one university will be disqualified immediately.
  • (1st Round) Applicants must be selected by universities.
  • (2nd Round) Applicants who have passed the first round will be assigned by KCUE after consideration of nationality.
  • ASEAN SOM-ED will note the list of the grantees.


Download all the document and guideline HERE


  • Chung-Ang University : 2020.9.18
  • Ewha Womans University : 2020.9.14 ~ 9.25
  • Jeonbuk National University : 2020.9.14 ~ 9.25
  • Kangwon National University : 2020.10. 5.
  • Korea University : 
    • 2020.9.07. ~ 9.18. (online application)
    • 2020.9.07. ~ 9.25. (document submission)
  • Kyung Hee University : 2020.10.13