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Global Korea Graduate Scholarship 2024-2025 By Korean Government

One of the biggest scholarship opportunity is opened up now by South Korean Government. Call for applications for Global Korea Scholarship 2024-2025 For Graduates is open now. Students from wide range of countries can apply this fully funded scholarship opportunity. Under GKS, international students can study Masters, PhD and Research Programs at participating universities. Korean Government has increased foreign admissions to 200,000 this year. So, there will be so many scholarships available. If you have always dreamed of studying in South Korea, then must apply for Global Korea Scholarship. Through this scholarship, you will be getting the chance to study for free in world class universities. There are two tracks of application, Embassy Track and University Track, each track has its own application requirements which must be met to apply.

Moreover, applicants are required to pick one option from these options for application; General, overseas Korean adoptees, Korean language teaching professionals, or research programs. For the university track, applicants have to choose one of the General, research programs, or science and engineering majors at a regional university. The scholarship provide opportunities for international students to study in South Korea’s best universities and is the one of most famous scholarship program across the globe. The scholarship also makes the bond strong between South Korea and other countries. The objective of scholarship is also to promote Korean culture, brand value, and the Korean language. Students study Korean language to increase their chances of getting scholarship.

Korean Ministry of Education has formed this scholarship program and applicants now fill GKS application form to the start the application process. The scholarship was named as KGSP before stands for Korean Government Scholarship Program. The scholarship is granted to excellent deserving students to continue their higher studies. GKS is administered and regulated by National Institute for International Education (NIIED). They work on behalf of Ministry of Education in Korea. Interested in Studying in South Korea on Full scholarship other than GKS then you must see KAIST Scholarship For International Students.

Global Korea Scholarship
Global Korea Scholarship application form, deadline, eligible countries and universities

Scholarship Details:

Region of StudiesSouth Korea
OrganizationNational Institute for International Education (NIIED)
Degree LevelUndergraduate / graduate / postgraduate
TypeFully funded
EligibilityInternational students
DeadlineVaries by Country and University
GKS Scholarship

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicants and their parents should not be citizens of South Korea.
  • Individuals with dual citizenship (including one Korean) are also not eligible.
  • All applicants must hold citizenship from one of the invited nations selected by the NIIED. Yet, the parents can be nationals of countries that do not participate in the GKS graduate program.
  • There is an exceptional case with overseas Koreans with Japanese citizenship. If their parents have a “Permanent Residency Permit” in Japan and have Korean citizenship, they can apply.
  • They need to provide documents proving the renunciation of Korean citizenship for all applicants. This is also for their parents, who earlier held Korean citizenship.     
  •  Applicants must be under 40 years of age (born after September 1, 1983), if they are applying for GKS Postgraduate scholarship.
  • Academic professors that are under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2024, can also apply. They are required to be citizens of one of the 107 countries designated as official development assistance (ODA) recipients.

Eligible Countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Armenia
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bolivia
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Cabo Verde
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Argentina
  • Bhutan
  • Congo
  • Azerbaijan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Belarus
  • Burundi
  • Egypt
  • Belize
  • Cambodia
  • El Salvador
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Central African Republic Eswatini
  • Botswana
  • Chad
  • Georgia
  • Brazil
  • Comoros
  • Ghana
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Guatemala
  • Colombia
  • Djibouti
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Cuba
  • Ethiopia
  • Indonesia
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Jordan
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Ecuador
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kosovo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Micronesia
  • Gabon
  • Laos
  • People’s Democratic Republic Moldova
  • Grenada
  • Lesotho
  • Mongolia
  • Guyana
  • Liberia
  • Morocco
  • Iran
  • Madagascar Nicaragua
  • Iraq
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Jamaica
  • Mali
  • Pakistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mauritania
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Lebanon
  • Mozambique
  • Philippines
  • Libya
  • Myanmar
  • Sri Lanka
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Maldives
  • Niger
  • Tajikistan
  • Marshall Islands
  • Rwanda Tokelau
  • Mauritius
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Tunisia
  • Mexico
  • Senegal
  • Ukraine
  • Montenegro
  • Sierra Leone
  • Uzbekistan
  • Montserrat
  • Solomon Islands
  • Viet Nam
  • Namibia
  • Somalia
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Nauru
  • South Sudan
  • North Sudan
  • North Macedonia
  • Tanzania
  • Palau
  • Timor-Leste
  • Panama
  • Togo
  • Paraguay
  • Tuvalu
  • Peru
  • Uganda
  • Saint Helena
  • Vanuatu
  • Saint Lucia
  • Yemen
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Zambia
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Venezuela
  • Wallis and Futuna

International students interested in studying in South Korea can also apply for Yonsei University Scholarships For International Students

GKS Eligible Universities

Following universities are eligible for application under Global Korea Scholarship. Universities are divided in Type A and Type B,

Type A

  • Academy of Korean Studies
  • Ajou University
  • Chung-Ang University
  • Dankook University
  • Dongguk University
  • Duksung Women’s University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Hanyang University ERICA
  • Hanyang University (Seoul)
  • Hongik University
  • Incheon National University
  • Inha University
  • KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management
  • Konkuk University
  • Kookmin University
  • Korea University
  • Kyung Hee University
  • POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology)
  • Seokyeong University
  • Seoul National University
  • SeoulTech (Seoul National University of
  • Science and Technology)
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women’s University
  • Soongsil University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Sungshin Women’s University
  • Tech University of Korea
  • UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology)
  • University of Seoul
  • Yonsei University

Type B

  • Andong National University
  • Busan University of Foreign Studies
  • Changwon National University
  • Cheongju University
  • Chonnam National University
  • Chosun University
  • Chungbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Daegu Catholic University
  • Daegu University
  • Daejeon University
  • Dong-A University
  • Dongseo University
  • Gangneung-Wonju
  • National University
  • Gyeongsang National University
  • Hannam University
  • Hoseo University
  • Inje University
  • Jeju National University
  • Jeonbuk National University
  • Kangwon National University
  • Keimyung University
  • Kongju National University
  • Konyang University
  • KOREATECH (Korea University of Technology and Education)
  • Kunsan National University
  • Kyungpook National University
  • Kyungsung University
  • Mokwon University
  • National Korea
  • Maritime & Ocean University
  • Pai Chai University
  • Pukyong National University
  • Pusan National University
  • Semyung University
  • Silla University
  • Soonchunhyang University
  • Sun Moon University
  • Sunchon National University
  • University of Ulsan
  • Yeungnam University

International students interested to study in South Korea in one of the top ranked university at Seoul National University Scholarship


  • The CGPA requirement is  2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, or 3.23/5.0
  • The percentage must be 80% or above on scale of 100. If you are in the top 20% of your last class, the you’re also eligible
  • For a Master’s program, one must have bachelor’s degree.
  • For a doctoral program, one should have a master’s degree or education or equivalent or higher than a UG degree.
  • To be eligible for research program, candidate should e having invitation from any partner university.
  • Candidate should have a doctoral degree by February 28, 2024 for Postdoctoral Research Program
  • For Professor Exchange Program, candidate must be holding Master’s degree or higher and must teach at a university as a professor.
  • Program for Education, Science, Culture, and International Cooperation Professionals. One needs a Master’s degree or higher and must be a professional in the same (E.S.C.I.) Field.
  • Candidates must have a major in the Korean language and should choose the same while picking their major/field of study.
  • Students graduated from a Korean high school or university can’t apply. Overseas Korean adoptees and former GKS Scholars are eligible well.
  • There is an exception for former GKS scholars lost scholarships because they failed to pass TOPIK level 3 or above. After completing the Korean course, they can reapply if they have passed TOPIK level 5.
  • Lastly, candidate needs to be in good mental and physical health.

Programs and Duration:

  • Korean Language Program(1 Year)
  • Master’s (2 Years)
  • Doctoral (3 Years)
  • Research (6 months or 1 year)

Did you know Turkish Government’s Turkey Government Burslari Scholarship is also open for international students

Scholarship benefits:

Under GKS 2024-2025 students will receive following benefits,

  • Full Tuition Fee Coverage
  • Monthly Stipend
  • Settlement Allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Airfare
  • Research Support Fee
  • Korean Language Training
  • Medical Insurance
Global Korea Scholarship benefits
Global Korea Scholarship benefits

No. of Scholarships

As there two tracks of application, Embassy Track and University Track. Each track has scholarship quota. This year there will be total of 2,200 scholarships awarded to international here is the breakdown,

Global Korea Scholarship total no. of scholarships and quota
Global Korea Scholarship total no. of scholarships and quota

As an international students you can also apply for Kyungpook National University(KNU) Scholarship

Required documents:

Following are the documents required to apply for the scholarship, For each round of the application process different documents are required, details are as follows,

Necessary Documents

  • Complete Application Form (Form 1)
  • Personal Statement (Form 2)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Form 5)
  • GKS Applicant Agreement (Form 7)
  • Personal Medical Assessment (Form 8)
  • Applicant’s Proof of Citizenship Document (Original)
  • Applicant’s Parent’s Proof of Citizenship Document (Original)

Optional documents for (Masters, Ph.D., and Research Program)

  • Certificate of valid Korean test, only TOPIK score.
  • Certificate of valid English Ability exam (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)
  • Published books & research papers, etc.
  • Awards and other certificates
  • Applicant’s passport copy

Documents according to the programs and candidates

  • Statement of Purpose (Form 3) — For masters and doctoral programs.
  • Document for Bachelor’s degree and its transcript — For masters and doctoral programs.
  • Document for Master’s degree and its transcript — For doctoral and research program.
  • Documents for Overseas Korean, Korean Citizenship Renunciation, Korean Adoptee (Original and Optional). This only applies to relevant applicants.
  • Certificate of Employment (teaching subject) and certification of a teaching career (years taught). (Original and Optional). This is only for Korean teaching professionals for UG bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Documents only for research programs

  • Research Proposal (Form 4)
  • University’s Official Letter of Invitation (Form 6)
  • Original documents for the doctoral degree and its transcript. This only applies to postdoctoral research programs.

Here are the table view of all the Optional and Required documents required to attach with the application form,

TypeNo.Application DocumentsMaster’s Doctoral Research
Documents to complete (Required)1(form 1) Application FormRequiredRequiredRequired
2(form 2) Personal StatementRequiredRequiredRequired
3(form 3) Study PlanRequiredRequired 
4(form 4) Research Proposal (only applicable for research program applicants)  Required
5(form 5) ONE Letter of RecommendationRequiredRequiredRequired
6(form 6) Letter of Invitation (issued by the research program university)  Required
7(form 7) GKS Applicant AgreementRequiredRequiredRequired
8(form 8) Personal Medical AssessmentRequiredRequiredRequired
9(form 9) Consent to Collect and Use Personal InformationRequiredRequiredRequired
Certificates (Required)   Must be Apostilled or Consular confirmed     *Required for relevant applicants  10Applicant’s/Parent(s)’ Proof of Citizenship and family relationship DocumentRequiredRequired
11Bachelor’s Graduation Certificate (or Diploma)RequiredRequiredRequired
11′Bachelor’s Degree TranscriptRequiredRequiredRequired
12Master’s Graduation Certificate (or Diploma) RequiredRequired
12′Master’s Degree Transcript RequiredRequired
13Doctoral Graduation Certificate (or Diploma)
– only applicable for postdoctoral research program applicants
13′Doctoral Degree Transcript
– only applicable for postdoctoral research program applicants
14Certificate of Employment
– only applicable for professionals under research program
15*Proof of Overseas Korean Document/Proof of Korean Adoptee DocumentOptionalOptionalOptional
16*Proof of Korean Citizenship Renunciation Document
– applicant and his/her parent(s)
17*Proof of Korean War Veteran’s DescendantOptionalOptionalOptional
18*Certificates of Employment or Working Experience
– only applicable for Global Network program Applicants
Other documents (Optional)19Score report of valid TOPIK (original) or English Proficiency Test (copy)OptionalOptional
20Awards and other certificates, etc. (copy)OptionalOptionalOptional
21Applicant’s Passport (copy)OptionalOptionalOptional
list of optional and required documents for Global Korea Scholarship

GKS Scholarship Deadline:

Last date to apply for Global Korea Graduate Scholarship is different for each country.

Global Korea Scholarships deadline
Global Korea Scholarships deadline and timeline

How to Apply:

  • The application period is usually February-March for GKS graduate programs (Masters, Doctorate, and Research). But, GKS for undergraduates takes place in September.
  • Open the website of Korean Government and have access to application form.
  • Visit the official information page for Global Korea Scholarship.
  • You can apply in two ways ‘the embassy track’ and ‘the university track.’
  • Choose the track depending upon your country.
  • You can also try both ways.
  • In embassy track, you first apply to the Korean embassy of your country and then there are three other rounds
  • In university track, you directly submit application to Korean University

Global Korea Scholarship Application Form

Following the application form for Korean Government’s Global Korea scholarship and fill the all the information required. application forms with incomplete information will be rejected.

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