September 18, 2016

KAIST Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students to Study In South Korea

KAIST International Student Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, MBA, masters-PhD, PhD)
Provider: KAIST
Country to Study in: South Korea

Scholarship Description
The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) offers the KAIST International Student Scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students (see the KAIST Undergraduate Scholarships here).

KAIST is one of the top leading universities in South Korea, and its Postgraduate Scholarships are very competitive. If you are selected as a KAIST scholarship recipient, you are generally exempt from paying tuition and fees. You get scholarship based on KAIST policy.

KAIST welcomes applications from all over the world. Eligible international postgraduate students wishing to study at KAIST are invited to apply for the KAIST International Student Scholarship as they apply for their course. You can choose to apply either for SPRING semester or Fall semester.

KAIST International Student Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies

All applicants must be of International Student Admission. Applicants with a financial need are able to apply for the scholarship.

1). International applicants must not have citizenship of Korea. Korean citizens who hold dual citizenship are NOT eligible to apply as international students.

2). International candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements:
  • He or she holds or will hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree (for doctoral applicants); OR
    He or she holds or will hold a bachelor’s degree(for master’s applicants) or,
  • He or she is not a citizen of Korea.
International applicants whose parents were born in Korea MUST additionally satisfy ONE of the following two requirements:
  • Neither of the applicant’s parents are not citizens of Korea or;
  • The applicant must have received his/her entire elementary, junior high, high school, and undergraduate education outside of Korea at the comparable and equivalent level of those provided in Korea (for master’s applicants) OR, he or she received entire elementary, junior high, high school, and undergraduate education outside of Korea and also received a master’s degree in or outside of Korea at the comparable and equivalent level of those provided in Korea (for doctoral applicants). In this case, international schools located in Korea are not acknowledged as foreign schools.
International students of Korean ethnicity who do not meet at least one of the conditions above CANNOT apply for International Admissions. Instead, they must apply for Korean Admissions.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT Korea)

Participating Institutions
Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Fields of study
KAIST provide Master's degree, Master's-Ph.D. integrated degree, and Ph.D. degree programs in advanced science and engineering field. Also, MBA programs related in finance and technology are provided on Seoul Campus. Please contact respective departments for curriculum related inquiries.

If you are interested in applying for admission to graduate programs, it is strongly recommended to check your research area of interest in the department website before applying. List of colleges and departments at KAIST is provided here.

Sponsorship duration
The award is expected to last throughout the duration of the student's program at KAIST. However, the student must maintain GPA over 2.0 out of 4.3 at KAIST.

Scholarship benefits
The Subsidies covered by the Scholarship include:
  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 4 semesters (M.S. degree) / 8 semesters (Ph.D. degree)
  • Living expenses: 300,000 KRW per month
  • Medical insurance
Method of Application
The KAIST Scholarship Application Period and Selection Procedure is at same time as KAIST Graduate Course Admission Application and Admission Selection. Applicants with a financial need are able to apply for the scholarship. Select ‘KAIST Scholarship’ as a means of your financial resources on the form of statement of financial resources in the online application. You can choose to apply either SPRING semester or Fall semester. Scholarship recipients are announced along with final admissions notification. To apply for admission as an international graduate student at KAIST, visit KAIST Graduate Admissions.

It is important to read the GRADUATE SPRING (or FALL) SEMESTER ADMISSION GUIDE carefully, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information.

On-line Applications for Spring Semester Admissions is Mid August ~ September (Document Submission is Until first week of October). The Fall Semester has both the Early Admissions and the Regular Admissions -- On-line Applications for Fall (Early) Admissions is December (Document Submission is Until second week of January), while that for Fall (Regular) Admissions is April (Document Submission is Until last week of April).

For the 2016 Fall Semester (Regular) Admissions, online application was March 29th, 2016 ~ April 19th, 2016 (Document submission by post was by April 26th, 2016). For the 2017 Spring Semester Admissions, online application is August 17th, 2016 ~ September 21st, 2016 (Document submission by post is by September 30th, 2016).

The timeline above is based on the local time in South Korea and is subject to change without any prior notice. Materials must be received by the dates listed. Late application will not be considered.

Note that different Admission Guides are available for Spring Admissions, Early Fall Admissions and Regular Fall Admissions. Please download and read the guideline(s) carefully. As a candidate, it is your responsibility to know the application requirements, to submit the necessary materials by the deadline, and to monitor the status of application on the official website.

KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of the world's best research oriented universities is filled with opportunity, excellent academic system, cutting-edge research, world-class facilities, and internationally renowned faculty. KAIST is one of the top leading universities in South Korea. The school welcomes applications from students all over the world.

Application Deadline: 21 September (30 September) 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

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  1. My wife got admission in Kaist. How can I get scholarship in Korea?

  2. Posting this a little late, don't you think?

    1. The call for the 2017 Spring Semester Admissions was first posted on this site about 2 months ago (late July). And was reposted twice between then and September. This post was only a last minute reminder post. However, your observation is noted. Thanks!