Global Korea Scholarship GKS 2023

April 5, 2023

Job Description

2023 Global Korea Scholarship – Application Guidelines for Graduate Degrees

1. Program’s Objectives

The primary objective of the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is to provide international students with an opportunity to study at higher educational institutions in Korea and obtain academic degrees. This program seeks to deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries while enhancing international education exchange.

It is worth noting that the Korean Government Scholarship Programs have been rebranded as the Global Korea Scholarship since 2010. As a result, the name has changed to GKS.

2. Programs and University

GKS 2023 i.e Global Korea Scholarship 2023 is not only offered for both Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree but also for research programs.

Application Track for GSK 2023

This year, a total of 1,300 students will be invited to Korea to study under Global Korea Scholarship.

Since there are two tracks to apply for the GKS Scholarship, here is the quota reserved for each track.

Embassy Track = 650 Students
University Track = 650 Students

3. Quota Assigned by Country

3-1) Quota for Embassy Track
1) General: 610 Scholars from 139 countries

GKS 2023 quota for Pakistan via Embassy Track = 5

GKS 2023 quota for India via Embassy Track = 22

GKS 2023 quota for Indonesia via Embassy Track = 27


2) Overseas Korean: 20 Scholars from 12 Countries


3) Teaching Professionals: 15 Scholars from 139 Countries
*Applications available from all 139 invited countries and regions

4) Research: 5 scholars from 139 countries or regions
*Applications available from all 139 invited countries and regions

3-2) Quota for University Track

General: 360 scholars from 53 countries or regions

2) Regional University: 220 scholars from 44 countries or regions

GKS 2023 quota for Pakistan via University Track = 7

GKS 2023 quota for India via University Track = 25

GKS 2023 quota for Indonesia via University Track = 42

3) R&D: 60 scholars from all countries around the world

* No limit on the number of invited countries (available to all countries around the world)

4) Research: 10 scholars from 65 countries or regions

* Applications available to 65 countries or regions where General program and Regional University program are offered

4) Available Fields of Study and Universities

Available Fields of Study?
– Applicants can only apply to the universities and departments that are listed in the “University Information? file attached under the GKS Notice post in Study in Korea website. ( > Scholarships > GKS Notice)

– Academic programs offered during evenings (night school), short-term programs, online and distant-learning programs are not applicable in this scholarship program.

5. Scholarship Information & Benefits

Scholarship Period

? Master’s Degree Program: 3 years
– 1 year of Korean language program + 2 years of degree program

?Doctoral Degree Program: 4 years
– 1 year of Korean language program + 3 years of degree program

? Research Program: 6 months or 1 year

Important Notes regarding Scholarship Period

– Research program scholars and scholars who obtained TOPIK level 5 or 6 will be exempt from a Korean language program

– Those who receive TOPIK level 5 or 6 within the first 6 months of the Korean language program will be exempt from the remaining 6-month language program and must start their degree program in the following semester (March 2024)