KOICA Scholarship Program Application Guideline
For Master’s Degrees
The KOICA Scholarship Program (SP)
for "Master’s degrees" is designed to nurture key leaders in developing countries
who can contribute to the socio-economic development of their home countries.
2. Target Countries
Countries selected by KOICA
among the DAC List of ODA Recipients
- The list of target countries is subject to change
annually to the policies of the Korean government or KOICA
Papua New Guinea
“National Development Policy for African Countries”, the target countries for
this course will be 23 African countries on that list. (Please refer to the
countries in bold type on the list above)
3. Available Universities and Fields of Study
Master’s degree programs offered at the
Urban Development Policy
Gender Equality Leadership
Ehwa Womans Univ.
Finance and Tax Policy
Industry and Trade Policy
Public Management and
Public Policy Reforms
Seoul National Univ.
Policy for African Countries
Seoul National Univ.
Public Administration (Local Government)
Regulation Management for
Korea Development Institute
Rural Development Sector
Hankyong National Univ.
KangWon National Univ.
KyungPook National Univ.
Development of Fisheries Industry
PuKyong National Univ.
Yonsei Univ. (Wonju campus)
Global Health Security
Environment & Energy
Energy Science and Policy
Competency based on
Water Resources Management
Global Education Leadership
Korea National University
Environment & Energy
Global ICT Policy
Pusan National Univ.
To be determined
(in the middle of bidding process for
Technology, Environment & Energy
* All applicants can take only one course for application of KOICA SP program.
* For more details on the available courses, refer to the Program Information of each course that is available to access in the KOICA website (https://www.koica.go.kr/koica_en/index.do)
English webpage → Menu (Get involved → CIAT→ Scholarship Program → Application)
* Application guideline for 3 more courses will be provided during early March as below.
Prospective applicants must meet all of the
(1) Citizenship: Be a citizen of the Scholarship Program target country.
(2) Government Nomination: Be officially nominated by their governments.
-Be a government employee. With a minimum of 2
years of experience in the field of study
* Exception - Applicants with an ‘international
development NGO’ background may apply for the program with two letter of recommendations:
Your government office; and
- Korean Embassy, world widely known NGO, an UN-associated organizations, or the KOICA
Organization within your region.
AGE: (Preferable) be under age 40 as of February 1, 2019.
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 a completed Bachelor Degree
or an equivalent to college
/ university level
* Some program have specific qualifications in terms of
level of education, and refer to Program Information of each program.
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 theses
Not be a person who has
withdrawn from KOICA’s scholarship program.
* 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’s scholarship program or any of the Korean Government’s
Scholarship Program before (Master’s degree program).
(9) and other qualifications from university you are going to apply (refer
to the Program Information)
Service (Scholarship Benefits)
be borne by KOICA in special
circumstances like when a participant violates academic regulations
- Not borne by KOICA when a participant Temporarily leave
to his/her home country during
the training period
- Except for above, borne by KOICA
by a university
- Borne by a training institute
of the expenses needed for study visits, workshops, Korean language classes and
for regular classes
borne by a school varies
of the expenses can be borne by participants, and the amount varies among training institutes
999,000 per month
- It includes expenses
for meals, books and study supplies if needed
amount will be provided per month
- If a participant cannot participate in the
course for specific reasons like temporary leave to his/her home country, the
allowance for that month shall be prorated for the corresponding number of
days studies in Korea (KRW 33,300/day).
* The amount deducted (33,300/day) is the same
regardless of how many days are in the month.
and other utility fees shall not be
for cleaning, laundry or exchange of
bedding shall not be covered.
for above, borne by a training
needed to enter Korea, such as
visa fee, alien registration card issuing fee and others
by a training institute
and other expenses needed for returning
home (e.g. cost for sending materials)
by a training institutes before
- Expenses for insurance
contracts during stay
- KOICA arranges and pays
for the participant to travel to and from Korea. KOICA will cover economy
class, round-trip airfare.
- If a participant wants to change the flight
itineraries, they should pay the additional airfare.
- The participant is
responsible for the issuance of an appropriate visa (which must be the ‘Study
Abroad Visa [D-2]) necessary for this Scholarship Program.
6. Selection Procedures
[Application package submission]
- Application deadline (to KOICA regional offices
and Korean Embassy) : March 22, 2019
- Prepare all required documents for your admission package and fill out the ‘Document Checklist’.
- Submit the application package (including both
university and KOICA application
forms and other required documents) to KOICA regional office or Korean
Embassy by the submission date.
Original copies should be sent to university before the phone
- Participate in an on-site
interview by KOICA regional office or
Korean Embassy. If an applicant lives in a country where the KOICA regional
office / Embassy does not exist or lives far from the capital city, he / she
can be interviewed by phone
after consulting with the
KOICA regional office / Embassy.
[1st Round : Document Screening]
-Applicants nominated by the
KOICA regional office or Korean Embassy as a result of the on-site interview
and have submitted their application packages are considered for document
Result of Document Screening
-The result for the 1st round
selection will be announced to the applicants.
for the 2nd round]
- Details of the interview
including the interviewee list will be sent to the KOICA regional offices and
interview arrangements will be made respectively.
[2nd Round :
- University conducts the second round (interview) according to the interview schedule.
- Schedule for phone interview will be notified
individually by the KOICA regional offices or Korean embassy with 2-3 day notice in advance.
- KOICA HQs announces the result of interview to the KOICA
regional office or Korean
Embassy : May 13
Medical Checkup (Local)
Round : Medical Check-up]
- Applicants who successfully pass the 2nd round
must take the Medical Check-up at the designated institution.
-The detailed guideline of the medical check-up
and list of the designated medical institution will be notified after passing
the interview successfully.
- Examination cost, Transportation and
accommodation fees will NOT be reimbursed.
- KOICA will not pay for the treatment necessary after the examination.
- KOICA announces the result of Medical Checkup.
- Admissions results will be
notified to the regional KOICA offices or Korean embassy.
KOICA informs the
participants of their scheduled entry
Entry to Korea
[4th Round :
- Applicants who successfully entering to Korea must take the Medical
Check-up again at the designated medical institution.in Korea.
- Examination cost will be provided by KOICA.
- If the participants are
disqualified for long-term stay by the medical checkup in Korea, the
participants may have to return to
their home country.
- KOICA announces the result of Medical Checkup and will share it with participants to support their own health care.
KOICA will not pay for the treatment necessary after the examination.
7. Required Documents
All documents should be sent to the regional
KOICA office or the relevant government office.
① KOICA Application Form
② Recommendation letter from
③ Document Checklist
④ University Application form with
required documents for the university
Refer to Program Information attached
- 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
disadvantage due to the mistakes or omissions on the application.
① Application & Document Submission
KOICA regional Office or Korean Embassy
② Major and University Admissions
Universities (Refer to the Program Information)
KOICA HQs (Email :
KOICA Website (https://www.koica.go.kr/koica_en/index.do)