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Foreign Government Awards Program - Korea

Competition: Closed for the 2017-2018 academic year

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: The Government of the Republic of Korea, through the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED), offers two scholarships for study or research at the Master’s or PhD level in Korean studies, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and other fields of study. Scholarships are tenable from September 1, 2017.

Guidelines

Scholarships for study in South Korea are tenable only at universities that are on the list of eligible universities 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 eligible to apply.

Scholarship Value

The value of the scholarship generally includes:

  • airfare to and from South Korea, for the scholarship 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 KRW1;
  • a settlement allowance of 200,000 KRW1 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 KRW1 per term for humanities and social sciences, and 240,000 KRW1 per term for natural sciences, technology and engineering (e.g. for books, student association fees, dissertation review charges and other requirements);
  • a one-time dissertation printing fee of up to 500,000 KRW1 for degrees in the social sciences and up to 800,000 KRW1 for degrees in science, technology and engineering;
  • up to 20,000 KRW1 per month for medical insurance (limited coverage);
  • a Korean proficiency grant of 100,000 KRW1 per month during the degree program once scholars reach the required level of language proficiency in Korean; and
  • a scholarship completion grant of 200,000 KRW1 to scholars who return to their home countries after completing their degree; this grant is not offered to scholars who remain in Korea after the scholarship term.

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 tenable for:

  • up to two years at the Master's level plus up to 12 months for language training (if necessary); or
  • up to three years at the doctoral level plus up to 12 months for language training (if necessary).

1All amounts are subject to change.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen. Neither the applicant nor their parents can hold Korean citizenship;
  • be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2017;
  • hold an undergraduate or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017;
  • not have completed an undergraduate, a Master’s, or a doctoral degree program in South Korea. Applicants who are previous program alumni or have been enrolled at Korean universities as an exchange student are eligible;
  • have a minimum of an (A-) average from the previously attended institution;
  • select the university and the subject of study from the list of eligible universities and programs designated by the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED). Applicants must select three desired universities as well as fields of study; and
  • be in good health, both mentally and physically to complete the program of study successfully.

Priority may be given to candidates who have certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or who apply for studies in natural sciences, technology and engineering. Previous recipients who withdrew from the scholarship program after receiving the award are not eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • the scholarship period begins on September 1, 2017. Scholars are required to arrive in Korea in advance at the end of August;
  • selected candidates will be required to submit the results of a comprehensive medical exam conducted by a licensed physician or a doctor in accordance with the requirements of the Korea Immigration Service and the Korean Government Scholarship Program;
  • 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;
  • after one year of Korean language courses, scholars who do not pass at least TOPIK Level 3 must 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 return airfare and allowances for repatriation;
  • scholars who terminate the program within three months of starting the scholarship must refund all scholarship fees including Korean language training expenses;
  • the scholarship period cannot be extended; and
  • transferring to a different university under this scholarship is not permitted.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application is March 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The deadline to receive the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) application form and its supporting documents is March 20, 2017.

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 required documents sent by mail are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.

Notification

Applicants will be contacted by March 22, 2017 by the scholarship administrator regarding the status of their application. Pre-selected candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application to receive notification.

Final Selection

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada and the Korean university will notify pre-selected candidates of the final decision in May 2017.

Application Process

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

  1. Applicants must first complete and submit the online application form of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (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 the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) Application Form for Graduate Program and supporting documents and submit the application package by mail. Certified copies of translations of documents which are not submitted in English must be included with original documents.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Step One: DFATD Online Application

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Instructions

Applicants must:

  • complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under “For Canadians” section, applicants will need to go to the Foreign Government Awards-Korea program and click on Apply Now.
  • enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item;
  • upload all required supporting documents;
  • upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  • print the form for their records using the print function in the browser; and
  • click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to DFATD. The candidate will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their form is submitted.

NOTE: Applicants will have the possibility to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicant’s profile homepage.

Supporting documentation to upload to the application form

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.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport; a baptismal certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic records including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average for each degree or certificate.
  • Study or research proposal: an essay describing your study or research plan (maximum two pages).
  • Copy of diploma: for the highest degree obtained.

Step Two: Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) Application

Applicants must complete the online KGSP Application Form for Graduate Program and provide the supporting documents as requested. Applicants are required to submit the supporting documents listed below to the following address:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attention: Foreign Government Awards Program - Korea
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9
613-237-4820

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that documents are received at 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.

Supporting documents to submit by mail

All applicants must submit one set of original documents and three sets of photocopies identical to the original set. All photocopies and any documents that cannot be submitted in the original format (e.g. degree) must be notarized.

For sealed documents such as official transcripts and letters of recommendation, applicants must submit four identical documents each sealed in separate envelopes.

All supporting documentation may be submitted in English or in French, but documents submitted in French must include a translation into English by a certified translator.

The following documents must be submitted to CBIE by mail:

  • KGSP Application Form: Each application form must have original signatures.
  • Letter of Self Introduction: Applicants must include a letter describing their study background, education and work experience and their motivation for applying to this program. This form is included in the KGSP Application Form.
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants must include a synopsis of the proposed area of research and their future career plans after studying in Korea. This form is included in the KGSP Application Form.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must include two letters of recommendation from two different referees who can provide an assessment of the applicant’s academic abilities. Applicants must submit the reference letters in separate sealed envelopes which have been signed across the back by its referee.
  • Applicant Pledge: This form is included in the KGSP Application Form.
  • Personal Medical Assessment: This form is included in the KGSP Application Form.
  • Degree diplomas: Applicants must provide their diplomas for undergraduate and graduate degrees (if applicable). If a diploma is expected to be obtained by August 31st, applicants must submit a letter from the institution of the expected degree.
  • Official transcripts: Applicants must submit 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.
  • Proof of Applicant’s Citizenship: Applicants must provide notarized copies of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport; a baptismal certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Proof of Parents’ Citizenship: Applicants must provide notarized copies of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport; a baptismal certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) certificate (if available): Applicants should provide any original copy indicating score achieved and level.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if applicable): Applicants should provide any original copy of certificate with the official test results.
  • Publications (if available): Photocopies of original publications are accepted.
  • Awards (if available): Photocopies of awards are accepted.

Conditions

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 the scholarship administrator will not be returned.

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

Background

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 participating countries.

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

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Date Modified:
2017-03-21