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International Scholarships

Foreign Government Awards Program - Korea

Competition: Closed for the 2014-2015 academic year

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: The Government of Korea through the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED) offers up to three scholarships for study at the Master’s or PhD level in Korean studies, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and other subjects. This scholarship is tenable from September 2014.


Scholarships for study in South Korea are tenable only at universities that are on the following list of eligible universities as designated by the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED). Applicants must also ensure that their desired field of study is offered by one of the eligible universities.

Candidates already enrolled in a degree program in South Korea are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship Value

The award generally includes:

  • airfare to and from South Korea, for the award recipient only, by the most economical route. Note that airfare for entry will not be provided for scholars already in South Korea;
  • tuition fee exemption. Note that candidates who do not meet the minimum acceptable grades during their studies will not be exempt and must pay their own tuition fees;
  • if applicable, language training expenses for up to one year paid directly to the host institution by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED);
  • a monthly living allowance of 900,000 won1;
  • a settlement allowance of 200,000 won1 upon arrival. Note that this allowance will not be provided for scholars already in South Korea;  
  • a research fund (paid two times per year) of 210,000 won1 per term for humanities and social sciences, and 240,000 won1 per term for natural sciences (e.g. for books, student association fees, dissertation review charges and other requirements);
  • a one-time dissertation printing fee of up to 800,000 won1;
  • up to 20,000 won1 per month for medical insurance (limited coverage); and
  • funding of 100,000 won1 per month during the degree program once scholars reach the required level of language proficiency in Korean.

Reimbursement for domestic travel in Canada and in South Korea, as well as for travel insurance to and from South Korea, will not be provided.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships are awarded for:

  • up to two years at the Master's level (language training of 12 months or less may be granted if necessary); or 
  • up to three years at the doctoral level (language training of 12 months or less may be granted if necessary).

1All amounts are subject to change.



  • must hold Canadian citizenship. Neither the applicant nor their parents must hold Korean citizenship;
  • must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2014;
  • must hold an undergraduate or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2014;
  • cannot have ever enrolled in an undergraduate, a Master’s, a doctoral or an exchange  program in South Korea;
  • must have a minimum of an (A-) average from the previously attended institution;
  • must select the university and the subject of study from the following list of eligible universities and programs designated by the NIIED and make the necessary arrangements to secure acceptance; and
  • must be in good health, both mentally and physically.

Priority may be given to applicants who have Korean proficiency or who apply for studies in the natural sciences and technology.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • the scholarship period begins on September 1 of the academic year of the scholarship;
  • all scholars, unless exempted with proficiency according to the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) Level 5 or 6, must take one year of Korean language courses in the designated language institution;
  • scholars who do not pass at least TOPIK Level 3 after one year of Korean language courses should complete an additional six-month course in language studies;
  • only scholars who will have passed at least Level 3 of TOPIK after one year of Korean language courses are permitted to start their Master’s or PhD program;
  • scholars who terminate their studies or research during the scholarship period will not receive airfare and allowances for repatriation; and
  • scholars who terminate the program within three months of starting the scholarship must refund all scholarship fees including Korean language training expenses.


The deadline to submit the DFATD online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 24, 2014.

The deadline to submit the KGSP application form is March 24, 2014. Applications received late or incomplete by the scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents required by mail are received by the deadline. CBIE will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.


  • Applicants will be contacted by March 28, 2014 by CBIE regarding the status of their application.
  • Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application.

Final Selection

  • The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by the host country and will be communicated to CBIE in May 2014. Notification will be sent out to successful candidates in May 2014 by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada.

Application Process

To be considered for the Foreign Government Awards-Korea an applicant must complete the following two-step process:

  1. Applicants must first complete and submit the online application form of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested. This application can be submitted in French or in English.
  2. Applicants must complete and submit the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) for Graduate Students application and provide the supporting documents requested. This application will be used in the final selection process and must be submitted in English.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

All inquiries regarding this scholarship should be directed to:

Step One: DFATD online application

Applicants must:

  • enter data in all mandatory fields marked by an asterisk (*) in the online application form;
  • upon completion, verify the content prior to submitting the application form;
  • print the form for their records using the print function of their browser; and
  • click SUBMIT to provide their application electronically to CBIE. The candidate will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their application is submitted.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully.

  • Certificate of admission: certificate of admission from the host institution or copy of correspondence testifying that the applicant has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project;
  • Curriculum vitae: the Curriculum Vitae should not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum four pages); and
  • Proof of registration for studies in progress, including courses being taken (if applicable). Applicants who are expecting to obtain the undergraduate or Master's degree by August 31, 2014 must submit an official letter from the institution confirming the expected date of completion and degree.

Step Two: KGSP for Graduate Students application

Applicants must complete the KGSP Application Form for Graduate Program and Personal Medical Assessment and provide the supporting documents as requested. This documentation must be submitted by mail to the following address:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Foreign Government Awards - Korea
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that these documents are received by CBIE by the deadline.

It is recommended that applicants post this documentation in a sealed envelope and send it to CBIE by a method which will provide a confirmation of its delivery, such as courier service or registered mail.

If applicants are unable to collect all the required supporting documents, please ensure that referees and institution(s) issuing transcripts submit the documents directly to CBIE. The name of the scholarship program should be visible on all documentation sent to CBIE.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be submitted to the scholarship program administrator by mail. If these documents are in a language other than English, they must include a translation into English by a certified translator.

  • KGSP Application Form: four copies of the application form, each with original signatures.
  • Study plan: Applicants must include a synopsis of the proposed area of research. This form is included in the KGSP application form.
  • Letters of recommendation: two letters of recommendation from people who are well acquainted with the applicant’s scholarly work. Applicants must submit reference letters in a sealed envelope which has been signed across the back by their referees.
  • Pledge and personal medical assessment: these forms are included in the KGSP application form.
  • Copies of degree diplomas: these should include undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Official transcripts: transcripts of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic record(s) including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for each degree or certificate. Applicants currently enrolled in a program of study must submit the most recent transcript.
  • Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) certificate (if available): original copy indicating score achieved and level.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if applicable): original copy of certificate with the official test results.
  • Publications (if available): one or two copies of original publications.
  • Awards (if available): one or two copies of awards.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.


All decisions made by the host country are final and are not open to appeal.

Applications submitted directly to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada will not be considered. Documents submitted to CBIE will not be returned.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the Government of the Republic of Korea.


The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students, with the aim of promoting international exchanges in education, as well as mutual friendship between countries.

This year, the government of the Republic of Korea will offer three graduate level scholarships for Canadian candidates to study in South Korea under this program.


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