Course(s) Offered: Development-related fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: KOICA, Korea University
Country to Study in: South Korea
With a mission to nurture talented students from developing countries, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) invites high-caliber students from developing countries and helps them gain professional and systematic knowledge that will play a key role in their home country’s development.
To accomplish this mission, KOICA has been operating master’s degree courses with leading Korean universities in the fields of economics, trade, women’s empowerment, rural development, etc.
KOICA here partners with the Korea University. In particular, this program has significantly strengthened the relationships between Korea and the students’ home countries. Students, who have been given an opportunity to see Korea’s experience in poverty reduction and socio-economic development, will gain a deeper understanding of Korea and contribute to the future social, political and economic ties between the two nations.
Eligible Applicants are Government officials or researchers working in his/her home country with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, and should:
- Be under the age of 40
- Be nominated by her Government
- Have sufficient command of spoken and written English;
- Be in good health, both physically and mentally, to undergo the course;
- Not have had experience in any of KOICA's training courses within the past three years in the same field.
Citizens of developing countries
Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University, Korea
Fields of study
Fields of economics, trade, women’s empowerment, rural development, etc.
Any study that offers professional and systematic knowledge for international development is eligible.
KOICA Scholarship Program is fully committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is determined to expand its efforts to nurture future talents from developing countries to promote their countries’ sustainable economic growth and social development.
Number of awards
Twenty (20) awards will be given.
From 1997 to 2009, the program has assisted a total of 771 students through 42 courses. In addition, as of 2010, 220 awardees are currently participating in the program at 10 different universities.
February 16, 2012 ~ February 28, 2013 (13 months)
KOICA and Korea University Graduate School of International Studies together provide full tuition coverage for 20 international development program participants. KOICA provides financial support to meet costs of extramural training and to cover allowances and other related expenses.
Method of Application
- Application Form
- Statement of Purpose
- Two photos, 3 X 4 cm sized
- Certificate of Degree (or Certificated Expected Graduation form) of all colleges and graduate schools (in English).
- Official transcripts of all colleges and graduate schools (should be SEALED by the issuing institution and written in English).
- A copy of passport
- Two letters of recommendation (Download Available), from professors familiar with the applicant’s academic work, or from professional supervisors.
- TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS score report : Native speakers of English or those who graduated from the university which all courses are conducted in English are exempt from this requirement.
- Certificate of Employment (if applicable)
Admission Decision Procedure:
- Round 1: Evaluation of Application Package
- Round 2: Interview by phone
The Scholarship Application Deadline Date for next academic session is December 6, 2011
In addition, you may also download the Scholarship Program Information and Guidelines (pdf).
*Note: An interview will be conducted only for those applicants who have passed Round1 (see 'Application procedure' above). The phone interview will be conducted strictly in English and the applicants’ educational objectives and development potential will primarily be evaluated.
The Objectives of this program:
- To develop human resources that will contribute to the socio-economic advancement of developing countries
- To train experts (in the fields of International Development and Trade) needed by the developing countries
Open to International students: Yes
More Scholarship Information and Application (English translation by Google)
More Scholarship Information and Application (in Korean)