Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is offering scholarship program for students from developing countries to undertake full-time postgraduate study at participating Korean universities. KOICA provides a wide range of benefits to the grantees (attendees) covering living expenses while in Korea for the minimum period required to complete the program. To apply for these scholarships, the applicant should submit the application package to the KOICA office or the Embassy of Korea in his/her country after being nominated by his/her government.
Study Subject (s): KOICA focuses its aid programs on priority sectors in which Korea has significant experience and top notch expertise, such as Public Policy, Economic Development, International Development, Fishery Science, Agricultural Development, etc. The fields of studies are determined by KOICA annually.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing postgraduate study in Korea.
Scholarship Provider: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
Scholarship can be taken at: Korea
Eligibility: Applicants for KOICA Scholarship Programs must satisfy both the general eligibility criteria and specific criteria established for each course. Applicants will also need to satisfy all requirements of the Korea Immigration Service.
General Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must:
-Be a government official, an employee in the public sector, or a researcher in a state institute working in his/her home country with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
-Private sector employees are not eligible. However, if the applicant works in a development nongovernmental organization (NGO) or UN-associated organization, he/she can apply on the condition that he/she obtains a recommendation from the government ministry which covers the organization.
-Be nominated by his or her government.
-Have sufficient command of both spoken & written English to take classes conducted entirely in English and to write academic reports and a thesis in English.
-Have a positive attitude and a strong will to get adjusted to a multicultural environment and to understand the hosting country’s culture.
-Have good moral characteristics to endure student life on campus.
-Be in good health, both physically and mentally, to undergo the program.
-Pregnancy is regarded as a disqualifying condition for participating in this program.
-Having tuberculosis or any kind of contagious disease is regarded as a disqualifying condition for participation in this program.
-Have not previously received a scholarship or participated in a scholarship program, including a KOICA Scholarship Program, from the Korean government.
Course-Specific Criteria: In addition to the above general eligibility criteria, applicants must also meet specific eligibility criteria imposed by each course. (Please refer to the “Program Information” of each program. For example, only women can apply for the course of “Women and Development” at Ewha Womans University).
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students of Asia (Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, East Timor, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Fiji and Papua New Guinea), Africa (Sudan, Madagascar, Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Egypt, Rwanda, Uganda, Libya, Gabon and Mozambique), Americas (Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Colombia, Haiti, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela), Middle East (Yemen, Jordan, Iran, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon), Oceania (Solomon Islands) and Eastern Europe Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Belarus and Serbia) can apply for the KOICA Scholarship Program.
Note: Countries are subject to change depending on the course and will be decided annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
Scholarship Description: The KOICA Scholarship Program is one of KOICA’s most valuable and important training programs for partner countries. As a highly valued form of development cooperation, it aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of KOICA’s partner countries to promote growth and stability. The program provides opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time postgraduate study in Korea and fields of study are targeted to address agreed development needs of partner countries, such as International Development, Women and Development, Public Policy, Fishery Science, Agriculture and Rural Development, etc., in line with Korea’s bilateral aid program. In order for KOICA to run the program effectively and efficiently, KOICA is collaborating with excellent and specialized universities in Korea, and is making great efforts to provide opportunities to study in Korea. With the skills and knowledge in the development field, KOICA will give opportunities to people from developing countries to contribute to the development of their countries by implementing this program.
Duration of award(s): The duration of award is subject to change depending on each university’s schedule.
What does it cover? KOICA provides a wide range of benefits to the grantees (attendees) covering living expenses while in Korea for the minimum period required to complete the program. The benefits include:
-Air travel fare: Economy class, round-trip airfare via the most direct route to and from Korea
-Full tuition fees
-Accommodation (mainly the dormitory of a training institute)
-Textbooks and materials
-Study visits, field trips, etc. during the program
-A medical checkup after entry into the program
-Overseas traveler’s health insurance: Expenses for medical treatments and hospital care due to diseases or accidents within the scope and limit of insurance coverage.
How to Apply: There are usually two selection rounds annually. There are two rounds for each selection: the document review and the telephone interview (an “essay test” may be included in some cases). After being nominated by his/her government, the applicant should submit the application package to the KOICA office or the Embassy of Korea in his/her country. KOICA Headquarters receives applications only through diplomatic channels, which means that one cannot send application documents directly to KOICA Headquarters or universities. For further information, please consult with the KOICA office or the Embassy of Korea in your country.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The closing date of application is subject to change depending on each university’s schedule.