Korean Government announces Fully Funded Scholarship 2020

The South Korean Government announces the application open for 2020 fully funded Global Korea Scholarship. The Global Scholarship is open for all international students who are looking for opportunities to advance their undergraduate as well as a graduate degree. Further, the Government endows this scholarship in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between countries.

Fully Funded South Korean Government Scholarship

The Government of South Korea offers a generous scheme scholarship scheme, that allows candidates to receive a fully funded education in the country. Moreover, successful candidates receive:

  • Airfare Allowance
  • Resettlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW
  • Living Allowance: 800,000 KRW for Undergraduate Students and 900,000 KRW for Graduate Students
  • Medical Insurance: 200,000 KRW per month
  • Language Course: 800,000 KRW per quarter
  • Tuition Fee: Actual Cost (No More than 5 Million KRW per Semester)
  • Award for Excellent Korean Language Proficiency: 100,000 KRW
  • Research Support: 210,000-240,000 KRW per Semester
  • Printing Costs (Dissertation): 500,000-800,000 KRW
  • Completion Grant: 100,000 KRW

Available Options in Universities

You may apply for the Undergraduate course which comprises of 4-year courses at designated universities. However, you may not transfer between universities during the course. (e.g. Starting studies at the junior year is not allowed.)

You may also apply for Graduate course (Master’s or Ph.D.) courses at general graduate schools of Korean Universities.

Total Candidates to be Selected

Under this scholarship scheme, the Government of South Korea provides 170 fully-funded scholarships for undergraduate students. Further for graduate studies, the Government provides 700 fully-funded scholarships.

Korea Language Training

Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities. (Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.)

Eligibility for the Korean Government Scholarship

The Korean government considers a candidate eligible for the scholarship if s/he:

  • Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.
  • Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.
  • Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
  • Further, Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)
  • Also, Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)
  • Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)
  • Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)
  • Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
  • However, a former or current KGSP scholar who holds the overall grade of 90% or above can reapply to this program once either through the embassy or university track.

How to apply for the 2020 South Korean Government Scholarship

In order to apply for the South Korean Government fully funded Scholarship, the applicants should submit all documents related to their scholarship application to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence to or the domestic university concerned. The Korean Embassy or the domestic university sends proper candidates to NIIED with the required documents. NIIED evaluates potential candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final selected KGSP grantees.


The Korean Government announces the application for the fully funded Global Korea Scholarship for undergraduate studies in September 2019. Moreover, candidates should apply before October 2019 to receive a nomination.

For postgraduate studies, the candidate the scholarship application is available since February 2020.


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