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International Scholarships

Foreign Government Awards Program - Korea

Competition: Closed for the 2015-2016 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 2015.


Scholarships for study in South Korea are tenable only at universities that are on the list of eligible universities designated by the 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 can hold Korean citizenship;
  • must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2015;
  • must hold an undergraduate or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2015;
  • 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 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 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 25, 2015.

The deadline to submit the KGSP application form is March 25, 2015. 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 31, 2015 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 2015. Notification will be sent out to successful candidates in May 2015 by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada.

Application Process

To be considered for a scholarship under the Foreign Government Awards-Korea program, 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 as 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 are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If students experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to

Applicants must:

  • Complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under “For Canadians” section, students 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 ability 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 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.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card, passport or permanent resident card; 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 the proposed study or research plan (maximum two pages).
  • Copy of diploma: copy of the diploma of the highest degree obtained.

Step Two: KGSP for Graduate Students application

Candidates 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 scholarship administrator, at 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 candidate to ensure that these documents are received at CBIE by the deadline.

It is recommended that candidates 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 candidates 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 administrator, CBIE, 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.
  • Letter of recommendation: one letter of recommendation from someone who is well acquainted with the applicant’s scholarly work. Applicants must submit the reference letter in a sealed envelope which has been signed across the back by it's referee.
  • 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 baptismal 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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