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Application Eligibility

Prospective applicants must meet all of the following conditions.
  • 1. Citizenship: Be a citizen of the Scholarship Program target country.
  • 2. Government Nomination
    - 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 letters of recommendations - 1) Your government office; and
    - 2) Korean Embassy, world widely known NGO, an UN-associated organization, or the KOICA Overseas Office within your region.
  • 3. Age: (Preferably) Be under age 40 as of February 1, 2021.
  • 4. 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’s degree or an equivalent to college / university level Educational background. * Some programs have specific qualifications in terms of the level of education and refer to Program Information of each program.
  • 6. 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 in English.
  • 7. Not having withdrawn from KOICA’s scholarship program in the past.
  • 8. Have not participated in KOICA scholarship program or any of the Korean Government’s Scholarship Program before.