2023 KOICA Scholarship Program to Study in South Korea
  • Fully Funded Scholarship
  • Master/PhD
  • South Korea
  • N/A
  • 20 Mar 2023

2023 KOICA Scholarship Program to Study in South Korea


KOICA is offering 24 master’s programs and 2 doctorate programs in 2023. The KOICA Scholarship Program (SP) is designed to train key leaders in partner countries to contribute to the socio-economic development of their home countries. This announcement is for 12 programs only. Application guidelines for 12 more courses will be available during March.


Prospective applicants must meet all the following conditions.

(1). Citizenship: Be a citizen of the Scholarship Program target country.
(2) Government Nomination: Be officially nominated by their governments.
     - (For master) Be a government employee. With a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of study
     - (For PhD) Be a government employee. With a minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of study after graduation from KOICA master’s degree program
     * Exception 1
          - Applicants with an ‘international NGO’ background may apply for the program with two letters of recommendation:
          - Your government office; and
          -Korean Embassy, world widely known NGO, UN-associated organizations, or the KOICA Organization within your region
          * Applicants with ‘international NGO’ background are ONLY allowed to apply for KOICA-AJOU Master’s Degree Program in Civil Society Leadership
(3) AGE: (Preferably) Be under age 40 as of February 1, 2023.
(4) Health: Be in good health, both physically and mentally.
     - Those with disabilities, but in good mental and physical health, are eligible to apply.
     - Those with severe illness are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
(5) Level of Education: Have completed a Bachelor Degree or an equivalent to college / university level Educational background.
     * Some programs have specific qualifications in terms of level of education. Refer to Program Information of each program.
(6) English Proficiency: Have a good command of both spoken and written English in order to take classes conducted entirely in English and to be able to write academic reports and thesis in English.
(7) Not be a person who has withdrawn from KOICA’s scholarship program.
     * A person belonging to the institution in which candidates submitted false documents and returned to his / her country arbitrarily in the middle of SP program cannot apply.
(8) Have not participated in KOICA scholarship program or any of the Korean Government’s Scholarship Programs before.
     * Doctorate Program applicants: recipients of a master’s degree scholarship from KOICA are still eligible to apply.
i.e. an applicant who holds a master’s degree through the KOICA SP may not apply for another KOICA master degree, but may apply for a KOICA doctorate degree.
(9) (Preferably) Be employed by your government during and after the program (be engaged in the expertized area of your study as an official servant of your government)
 (10) and other qualifications from the university you are going to apply (refer to the Program Information)

Scholarship Benefits

     - Airfare (actual amount paid)
     - Full tuition fee
     - Monthly allowance of KRW 999,000
     - Accommodation (actual amount paid)
     - Settlement Allowance of KRW 600,000 (once)
     - Scholarship Completion Grants of KRW 300,000 (once)
     - Insurance (actual amount paid)
     - Extracurricular Activities

Required Documents

All documents should be sent to the regional KOICA office or the relevant government office.

     KOICA documents

          - KOICA Application Form
          - Recommendation letter from applicants’ governments
          - A scanned copy of an applicant’s passport
          *KOICA documents should be submitted to regional KOICA office or Korean embassy in your country

     University documents

          - University Application form with required documents for the university
          * Refer to Program Information on KOICA CIAT Website.
          *An original copy should be sent to the regional KOICA office or the relevant government office with the sealed envelope for your privacy protection till the end of the local medical checkup. (After the medical checkup, an original copy should be handed in to the university directly by the applicant)

          * KOICA document and University document should be sealed separately in a different envelope.

* Important Notes for All Applicants:

     - All forms should be typed in English and all the supporting documents should be in English. Documents in any other language should be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
     - Original documents should be submitted. (If it is unavailable, the originating institution must authorize copies before they are submitted.)
     - If any of the submitted materials contain false information, admission will be rescinded.
     - Applicants whose forms and supporting documents are incomplete or unsatisfactory will be disqualified from the admission process.
     - Applicants should take full responsibility for any disadvantages due to the mistakes or omissions on the application.

Visit Official Scholarship Website

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