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Korean Government Scholarships 2021/2022 (Masters & PhD) for Developing Countries


Twice in the year, Korean government invites 125 undergraduate/700 graduate international students from 156 countries, for degree(Undergraduate, Master’s & Doctoral) and non-degree research programs in Korea through the Korean Government Scholarship. 

Application Deadline: Applicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea.

Applications (Embassy, University) are expected from:

  • Graduate: Mid February 2021 to March 2021*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.
  • Undergraduate: 1st September 2021 to October 2021

Offered annually? Yes

Accepted Subject Areas: Courses offered at one of the 60 participating Korean higher institutions

Eligible Countries: The Korean Government Scholarship is open to students from the following countries:

China, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Turkey, USA, Ethiopia, Colombia, Nepal, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ukraine, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Egypt, Tanzania, Germany, France, Dominica, Chile, Iran, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Pakistan, Gabon, Romania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Czech, Guatemala, Ecuador, Algeria, Yemen, Uganda, Belize, Honduras, Italy, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Ghana, Georgia, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Rwanda, Libya, Lithuania, Moldavia, Bahrain, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Brunei, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Slovenia, Armenia, Argentina, Haïti, Ireland, Afghanistan, Angola, Oman, Austria, Uruguay, Iraq, Israel, Zambia, Cameroon, Qatar, Kenya, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Panama, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Fiji, Hungary, Australia, Jordan

About Scholarship: The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is offered to international students who want to pursue Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Korean Universities. The scholarship is aimed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.

Korean government invites 125 international students from 67 countries who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Korea. To be selected as a GKS grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean Embassy of his or her country of origin.

[University Track]
Korean government invites 60 international students from 72 countries who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree(Engineering or Nature Science majors) and also 35 international students from 17 countries who wish to pursue an associate degree in Korea. To be selected as a GKS grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the designated universities.

※ Attention! The Regional University Track applicants can only apply for a major that is considered as Natural Science, Technology and Engineering field. please refer to the attached files(available departments).

[Embassy Track and University Track]
Please contact the 1st selection organizations(embassy or university) to get detailed information regarding the application submission such as application deadline, required documents, interview and etc. Application submission deadline may differ by each embassy or university that conducts the first round of selection; however, it is expected to be around late September or early October.

As for the application guidelines and FAQ, please refer to the attached files.

Wish you all the best!

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Korean Government Scholarship:


  • Candidates and their parents must hold non-Korean citizenship.


  • KGSP-G: under 40
  • KGSP-U: under 25


  • Candidates must be physically and mentally healthy for their studies in Korea.

Degree Requirements

  • KGSP-G: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • KGSP-U: High school diploma


  • The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) must be 80% or higher; or
  • The CGPA must be 2.64/ 4.0, 2.80/ 4.3, 2.91/ 4.5, or 3.23/ 5.0 or higher.

Number of Scholarships

  • KGSP Undergraduate: around 170 grantees will be awarded annually
  • KGSP Graduate: around 1,278 grantees will be awarded annually

Scholarship Benefits: Flight | Tuition | Stipend | Medical Insurance | Settlement Allowance | Completion Grants

Selection Procedure:

Korean Government Scholarship Selection Procedure

1st Selection: Applicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partering universities in Korea. The embassies and universities select the successful candidates among the applicants in the 1st round of selection. The applicants of the successful candidates will then be forwarded to NIIED

2nd Selection: The NIIED selection committee selects the successful candidates among those who passed the 1st round.

3rd Selection: Among the successful candidates who have passed the 2nd round, the applications of those who applied through the Korean Embassies will be reviewed by universities for admission. Successful candidates must get admission from at least one of the universities.


  • 1 year Korean language course +2 year Associate degree
  • 1 year Korean language course + 4 year Bachelors degree
  • 1 year Korean language course+ 2 years of Master’s degree
  • 1 year Korean language course + 3 years of Doctoral degree

To be taken at: Korean Universities.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply for the Korean Government Scholarship through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University.

Visit Links below

Visit Scholarship Webpage for Details about this scholarship

  1. Dominic Ezemenaka says

    check it up….but the duration is kinda long.

  2. maria goreti asongwe. says


  3. Abdella says

    how can apply to this program?

  4. Fenatanesh Yemata says

    I am happy to seen your scholarship programe nut how can I apply it?

  5. Shimelis Om says

    where is the application form?

  6. Alwaysyoni Eyob says

    how is that?

  7. Alwaysyoni Eyob says

    how is that?

  8. Andela Funjea says


  9. Belete Fola says

    How could I get application form? Is it possible to apply now on-wards?

  10. Thompson Ampomah says

    can someone who completed high school in 2005 apply

  11. Samson says

    I have called to the embassy but they don’t have any information about the scholarship mentioned in here! Who is the responsible person then?????????????? Is this a Fake?????

  12. Bubacarr Njie says

    My Country , The Gambia in not in the list of countries eligible.

  13. Enid Joy Nyendwoha says

    I have seen my country Uganda on the list of the eligible countries, I clicked on the web page but it was not available. I need Phd Scholarship. Thank you.

  14. Dhamy Adebesin says

    How do i get the application form?

  15. Kasonde Bwalya says

    Good infor…

  16. Hayford Goffah says

    its good

  17. Bekunda Alex says

    How can i get application form for scholarship

  18. Bekunda Alex says

    How can i get application form for scholarship

  19. Mrinal Bhusal Sharma says

    Kindly give the application form for 2015 for undergraduate scholarship

  20. Aloysius Gabriel Cooper says

    Why Liberia is not included in such scholarship scheme?

  21. Arif Hussain says

    As part of efforts to supporting Nigerian Students who are faced with financial difficulty in paying their tuition fee, Scholarship Offer is inviting eligible student to apply for their 2nd edition of the scholarship offer scheme Sponsored by HCMEI.

    All application has to be done online by filling the form at the websites http://scholarship.hcmei.com/ .

  22. Baba Adamu says

    hw can i get the form

  23. Michael Coomber says

    I was so excited about this but unfortunately my country Liberia is not among the list.Do you have any plan to include Liberia for this opportunity in the future?

  24. Anonymous says

    how to apply for this program?,,,,,,,,,,,,,please i need infromation about this scholarship programe…….

  25. Sahibzada Salman says

    from where i can get the application form

  26. Francis Musiime says

    I am interested to peruse masters in the fields of monitoring and evaluation, statistics or economic from S. Korea. How can I apply for admission, scholarships and which training institutions?

  27. Salihu Darboe says

    I am interesting to furthering my education at your noble institution, to peruse masters in the fileds of Islamic comparative religious studies and English Language

  28. Salihu Darboe says

    my post address is Mr.Salihu Darboe University of The Gambia, p.o. Box 3530. Birkama Campus

  29. Aubrey Silupya says

    I need help in terms of scholarships for 2016 for masters in the fields of Public management and policy analysis.

  30. Aubrey Silupya says

    I need help in terms of scholarships for 2016 for masters in the fields of Public management and policy analysis.

  31. Getachew Zumburo Gadasha says

    I am from Ethiopia. I need fully funded Scholarship

  32. Namayamja Aisha says

    Hi i am interested but i can’t find the application form on the website, how can we apply. thank you

  33. Elizabeth Ignas says

    Im from Tanzania, i want to apply for Korean government scholarship program, i would like to ask how i will apply in this year?

    1. jihad says

      i think u should just fill out the online form and gather the required documents. ill be applying soon after i finish my motivational letter

  34. NHIMIYIMANA Jean Claude says

    Thx,now i am in senior 6,how will i apply?

  35. ısaac okene says

    can ı download the application form online and filled it and later submit to the embassy in my country for master?

  36. Randolph Mambia says

    Why is it that my country Liberia is not included in list of eligible countries participating in this scholarship program? Please try to include us because we need to benefit too as an African Nation.

  37. senesa says

    Okay well!! why African countries are written in black bold? hahahaha fake scholarship to attract Africans……!!

  38. CHE ERIC says

    Perfect opportunity worth considering, but i can’t fine the application form

  39. Kingsley says

    how do i apply for this program?
    where is the application form?
    I am from Ghana.

  40. ahmedie says

    thank you for your brief description but how can I get the application form

  41. Bawoke says

    wow nice opportunity!

  42. jihad says

    i think u should just fill out the online form and gather the required documents. ill be applying soon after i finish my motivational letter

  43. Ameh Omakiche says

    Can someone who finished high school in 2012 apply??

  44. HAFSA ATIQUE says

    Anneong assoyo. Hope you all are fine , I’m in search of fashion designing üniversity and need scholarship for my bachelor degree. I m also good in other activities like sketching, poetry, etc. Am also bronze medalist in quiz of HRCA . And also I have art certificate of HRCA. I’ll join in 2021 . Am from Pakistan. I really hope you’ll help me for this .
    Thank you.

  45. Muhammed Ali says

    I want to study journalism in Korea

  46. Ayalew says

    The age limit for PhD students should be at least 45 years, because most students from African pass our first 10 up to 12 work experience in the areas that have no internet access.

  47. Million Abuye says

    I am Million from Ethiopia you known about Ethiopia and Korea Strongly relationship stàrted from Korea war Ethiopia supported Korea now a days Korea also support Ethiopia with education and other site I would like thanks about all your cooperation
    How I get application form

  48. Florence says

    Pls am from Ghana and hw can I apply for the scholarship online

  49. Ezinne says

    Please how can I get the online form

  50. Emmanuel kalumbu says

    How can I receive the application form?

  51. Atuhaire Linus says

    Thank you so very much for this information thou…I have failed to get an application form.

  52. Negash Courab says

    I am Negash and from Ethiopia. I have master in Community development from hawassa university 2019 and My interest is to get phd either Climate change or Disaster management if i get opportunity from Korean. Thankyou

  53. Alier John says

    I am from South Sudan . I am seeing my country being included in the list .

  54. Geda Beketa says

    I would like to get free Scholarships to this University Fully-funded Masters Scholarships 2020/2021 for Ethiopian Students – Korean
    I have bachelor degree in Information Science. I have good motivation and energetic to upgrade my education level

  55. Lydia says

    I’m an undergraduate student in ethiopia i am going to finish my course in this year so can i apply for this scholar as a masters student?

  56. Kahsu Gebrehiwot says

    i am with CGPV. 3.88 in Renewable energy utilization and management in specialization. so i need to apply for your PhD. program. kindly request you to help me how to apply for this programm.

  57. Aster Amha says

    Hello, I’m from Ethiopia, I need a fully-funded Ph.D. scholarship, but I can’t get any form, so how can I apply?

  58. Mekonnen Abdisa says

    please application form

  59. Dereje Chukala says

    thank you too much for your opening such delicious opportunities. saying this i am from Ethiopia and I a holder of MSc degree in wildlife conservation and ecotourism management now work as lecturer at wolkite university southwest, Ethiopia. so please if this opportunities are real i am happy with it!

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