Global Korea Scholarship 2020 – Fully Funded [Previously known as KGSP]


The prestigious and highly competitive Global Korea Scholarship 2020 is now open for applications. The GKS 2020 was previously known as KGSP Korean Government Scholarship Program. The KGSP 2020 will select 1270 international students from 155 countries who want to who wish to pursue a graduate-level degree (master’s or doctoral) or research in Korea.

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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).

The 2019 Global Korea Scholarship GKS  is a fully-funded scholarship in South Korea and it will cover all the cost of the selected students. To be selected as a GKS (KGSP) grantee, an applicant must successfully pass the 1st round of selection process set by the Korean embassy where he or she holds the citizenship or NIIED-designated Korean universities.

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The South Korean Scholarship is one of the most competitive and top scholarship programs in the world. It is a similar scholarship program to the other fully funded international scholarships such as, US Fulbright Scholarship, Chinese Government Scholarship, Australia Awards Scholarships, Turkey Burslari Scholarships, New Zealand Government Scholarship and Daad Scholarship in Germany

Global Korea Scholarship 2020:

Host Country:

  • South Korea

Course Level:

  • Master’s Degree Programs
  • PhD Programs
  • Post-Doc
  • University Teacher/ Professionals Exchanges

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Fields of Study:

  • For more detailed information on majors (fields of study) offered by the universities listed above,
    refer to the “University Information” file attached under the GKS Notice post in our Study In
    Korea website (
  • Applicants must choose their majors (fields of study) that are only listed in the “University
    Information” file.
  • Please be advised that even if a university’s departments or majors you intend to apply offer
    English-taught courses, it may vary by lectures offered each term. Thus, we highly advise you to
    double-check with your university. Furthermore, we would like applicants to keep in mind that
    Korean is the core language to be used in every Korean university.
  • Night School, Short-term seasonal programs, online and distant-learning programs are not available to apply and admission is not permitted.

Scholarship Duration:

  • Doctoral Degree Program: 4 years (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2024. 8.31)
    •  1 year of Korean language program
    • 3 years of regular degree program
  • Master’s Degree Program: 3 years (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2023. 8. 31.)
    • 1 year of the Korean language program
    • 2 years of a degree program
  • Research Program: 6 Months (2020. 9. 1. ~ 2021. 2.28.) / 1 year (2020.9. 1. ~ 2021.8.31.)

Scholarship Value:

  • Airfare (Return Air Ticket)
  • Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW (offered once after entry to Korea)
  • Monthly Allowance: (Degree Program) 900,000 KRW per month, (Research Program) 1,500,000
    KRW per month
  • Research Allowance
    • Liberal Arts and Social Science majors: 210,000 KRW per semester
    • Natural Science and Engineering majors: 240,000 KRW per semester
  • 1-Year Korean Language Training Fee: Fully covered
  • Degree Program Tuition: Fully covered
  • Thesis (Dissertation) Printing Fee Reimbursement
  • Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month
  • Degree Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW
  • Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month
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Eligibility Criteria:

1. Nationality

  • All applicants and their parents must not hold Korean citizenship.
  • Korean citizens and dual citizenship holders (one who have Korean citizenship and citizenship of
    another country) are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.
    • (※Exception: For overseas Korean applicants holding Japanese citizenship, if their parents hold ‘Permanent Residency Permit’ within Japan while holding Korean citizenship, are eligible to apply.)

2. Age

  • Must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2020 (born after September 1, 1980)
  • Academic professors who are under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2020 (born after September
    1, 1975) and hold citizenship of one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients listed
    in the table below are eligible to apply

3. Degree Requirements

  • Applicants must hold or must be expected to hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree by
    August 31st, 2020.
  • 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, 2020 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 an exchange or visiting students can
    apply to this program.
  •  The GKS scholars who are holding or is expected to hold the degree as of August 31st, 2020 are
    eligible to apply under the 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 an overall grade point average equivalent to or higher than 90%.

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4. Grades

  • 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 the 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 the applicant must submit an official document issued by the applicant’s university describing the university’s grade system.

5. 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 a 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 a serious illness that prevents him or her to study abroad for a long period of time including the full duration of degree or research program in Korea.


  • 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 the same marks with other candidates.
  • Applicants who apply for majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project are given
    priority when they receive the same marks with other candidates.
  • Academic professors holding citizenship of developing countries, especially ODA recipients, are
    given priority when they receive the same marks with other candidates.
  • Descendants of Korean War veterans will receive an 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

How to Apply for Global Korea Scholarship 2020?

You can apply in it by only one of the two ways

  • Embassy track
    • Applicants must choose THREE desired universities and available fields of study among
      67 universities listed in section III.
    • Applicants that pass the 2nd round of selection will go through university admission in the
      3rd round of selection (Refer to “4. Selection Procedure” below).
    • You will find the deadlines of applications for KGSP from the embassy of Korea in your country
  • University Track
    • Applicants must choose a major and ONE desired university among 64 universities. 
    • For the list of universities and fields of study that are available to apply, please refer to the
      “University Information” file attached along with the GKS-G announcement post.

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Application Screening and Evaluation:

  • Applications will be reviewed by each round’s selection committee.
  • Each selection committee will consider various factors when screening applications such as the

    • Academic Transcript
    • Personal Statement
    • Statement of Purpose or Research Proposal
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Certificates of Language Proficiency (Korean or English), publications, awards, and etc.

Application 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)

Application deadlines may differ from one country to another or by each university; it is expected to be around mid or late March. We highly advise you to make sure to check the calls for 2020 GKS applications separately announced by relevant institutions or offices.


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