Korean Government Scholarship 2019 (Fully Funded)

Korean Government Scholarship is administered by a branch of the Ministry of Education called NIIED (National Institute for International Education). This scholarship is for international undergraduate and graduate students who want to study in Korea. The scholarship pays tuition, monthly allowance, round-trip airfare, medical insurance, settlement allowance, and language training fee.

Every year, 170 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students will be selected to receive the Korean Government Scholarship.  Keep in mind that this number can change in the future.


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Before we look at the Korean Government Scholarships, you should look at these posts to help you study in Korea.


Eligibility to receive Korean Government Scholarship

Undergraduate Students

  1. Applicants and their parents must hold foreign citizenship.
  2. Applicants have graduated or will graduate by March 1st from high school.
  3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) above 80% OR must be in top 20% in rank in high school.
  4. Applicants must be under 25.


Graduate Students

  1. The applicant and their parents must hold foreign citizenship.
  2. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by September 1st.
  3. Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) above 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale OR possess above 80% out of 100%.
  4. Applicants must be under 40.


Duration of the Study


  1. Bachelor’s degree- 5 years (1 year of Language Course* + 4 years)
  2. Associate degree- 3 years (1 year of Language Course* + 2 years)


  1. Master’s degree- 3 years (1 year of Language Course* + 2 years)
  2. Doctoral degree – 4 years (1 year of Language course* + 3 years)

*Note- Those who receive a TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) of 5 or above will be exempted from this requirement.


Selection Procedure

1st Selection- Applicants must submit their applications to Korean Embassies or to partnering universities in Korea. The universities and embassies will select qualified applicants and will forward their applications to NIIED.

2nd Selection- NIIED selection committee selects applicants among those who were forwarded.

3rd Selection- For applicants that submitted their applications through Korean Embassies, they will need to be admitted to at least one university. For applicants who applied through the partnering universities, the 3rd selection is not needed.


Scholarship Amounts

Both Undergraduate and Graduate 

  1. Round-trip airplane ticket
  2. Tuition fees
  3. Language Training Fee
  4. Settlement Allowance of 200,000 KRW upon arrival
  5. Medical Insurance of 20,000 KRW per month
  6. Korean Proficiency Grants of 100,000 KRW per month for students with TOPIK level of 5 or 6


  1. Monthly allowance of 800,000 KRW per month


  1. Monthly allowance of 900,000 KRW per month
  2. Research Allowance of 210,000 KRW per semester for scholars in humanities and social sciences and 240,000 KRW per semester for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences
  3. Reimbursement of 500,000 to 800,000 KRW depending on the actual dissertation printing costs


How To Apply for the Korean Government Scholarship

  1. Before the application announcement is released, contact Korean Government Scholarship Program through email for information for the scholarship program. The contact information can be found in NIIED website.
  2. Decide whether to apply through the embassy track or university track.
  3. If applying through university track, decide which university to apply by contacting them and looking for information about different universities in Korea.
  4. Read the application announcement when it is released in studyinkorea.
  5. Apply through the embassy or university track by following their application procedure.
  6. The required document is different in various universities and embassies.

The two official site for Korean Government Scholarship is studyinkorea and NIIED. I have compiled this information from these two sites, and you should visit those sites for more information about the Korean Government Scholarship. There are also many scholarships available in Korean Universities, and you can find that information here.


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42 Responses

  1. Scholarships Abroad says:

    This is an awesome Scholarships Awards website. How can we apply?

    • lh1999 says:

      Thank you so much for your compliment!
      I’ve updated the article so now it contains instructions in how to apply to this scholarship.

    • Eman EL saeed Abdel rahman Ahmed says:

      Great !!!
      I love it so much and I wish to apply .
      Where is the link for registering ?

  2. Hello… I really love the scholarship .. How can i apply for an Undergraduate one

  3. Nita says:

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  4. Jabir khan says:

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  5. Lola Hawanna Saydee says:

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  6. Bibi Fatima says:

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  7. Mirna Magdy says:

    Great! but how can I register in this scholarship to accomplish a Master Degree??

  8. Dania Khalid says:

    How can I register???

  9. Lamees says:

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  11. hend says:

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  12. sheham guma says:

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  13. Dawa says:

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  15. Nyan Lin Wai says:

    How can we know choices on subjects?

  16. Belayneh Guadie says:

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  17. Chaitanya says:

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  20. Chioma says:

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  22. Yoona says:

    Hi can you please tell what subjects are available for the undergraduates

  23. Marie says:

    Hello this is a very good opportunity but are there any fees required at the embassy thank you

  24. Morn Sothea says:

    My name is Morn Sothea from Cambodia. I want to study at Seoul National University in Korea, but ut I have little money. I want to have free scholarships.

  25. Abid Safi says:

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  26. ABRAHAM APPIAH says:

    Please how do I get the link to register online.

  27. Abdur Razzak says:

    I want to apply in Korea on the fully government scholarship. I want to know about fully government scholarship. Please help me.

  28. ahadchik says:

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Hi! How can i apply for this scholarship? Thankyou

  30. Ratul Islam says:

    Hello, This is Ratul from Bangladesh. I’ve completed my B.pharm recently. And I want to study in Seoul National University. I’ve good academic background n wanna have full funded scholarship. Plz help me by providing necessary info about scholarship so that I can apply for M.Pharm/ PhD.

  31. Macmillan Moyo says:

    Hie my name is Macmillan Moyo please l want a scholarship which fits my level ,l have 5 o’level subjects but l wrote two time firstly l manage to come up with two subjects and lastly three subjects because l didn’t have enough time to attend a high school because of shortage of money .so l was doing lessons at home that why l wrote two times

  32. McKenzie Dawson says:

    If I am graduating May 22, 2019, what is the right time to apply? Will I have to wait until September of 2019 or can I apply in 2018? Thank you.

    • lh1999 says:

      You have to contact the Korean Government Scholarship Program as listed above because they will provide specific information concerning the scholarship program.

  33. paul glory.i. says:

    Is the government paying for the tuition ,allowance, medical, and the flight fee to Korea? or are we paying these thing by ourselves?

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