Global Korea Scholarship for Graduate Degree 2024 – For Indian Students 

 February 9, 2024

By  Satish Satyarthi

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NIIED has announced the application guidelines of the 2024 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Degree programs. On this page, we are trying to give all the important details about GKS graduate scholarships for Indian applicants.

For the year 2024, there are 2200 seats for GKS graduate scholarship for international students from all over the world who want to pursue Master’s or PhD degree in Korea.

What is GKS Scholarship?

GKS stands for Global Korea Scholarship. It's a prestigious scholarship given by Korean government to meritorious students from all over the world. The scholarship is managed by NIIED (National Institute for International Education), Govt. of Republic of Korea. 

GKS Scholarship is announced twice a year - once in January-February for graduate degrees (Masters and PhD) and once in September-October for undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor's degree).

On this page, we are giving you information about the GKS Graduate scholarship. CHECK THE GKS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS HERE.

What are the benefits of GKS Scholarship?

GKS is a fully funded scholarship and basically it covers all the costs of studying in Korea including your university tuition, hostel and living expenses, insurance, flight tickets, health insurance etc. 

■ Scholarship Benefits




Korean Language Training Fee

Study Incentive


All GKS Scholars

GKS Scholars in Degree Program

GKS Scholars in Korean language Program

All GKS Scholars


Economy class flight ticket (actual expense)

NIIED: up to 5 million KRW

University: amount that exceeds 5 million KRW, Admission fee

5.2 million KRW (four quarters)

Korean language program: 14,100,000 KRW per year

Graduate Degree program: 15,700,000 KRW per year

Research Program: 19,800,000 KRW per year

※ Study Incentive : All-inclusive subsidy of Settlement Allowance, Monthly Allowance, Research Allowance, Korean Proficiency Grants, TOPIK Application Fee, Degree Completion Grants, Medical Insurance, and Publication Printing Fee

※ GKS Scholars who will be initially exempted the Korean language program with TOPIK level 5 or 6 will be given Korean Proficiency Grants automatically. (except for GKS scholars in Global Network program, Research program and Japanese applicants)

How to apply for GKS Scholarship?

There are two ways to apply for the GKS scholarships, they are called application tracks - 1. Embassy Track and 2. University Track.

Under the embassy track you submit your applications to the Korean embassy in India (or to MHRD) and for the universitythe universitythe university track, you send your applications directly to the Korean university.

If you are applying through the university track, go to the website of the university and check their notice section. They will have a notification regarding GKS scholarship in which they will specify the process, application deadline,deadline,deadline, etc. Note that the process and dates can be different for every university. They will also mention the name of an in-charge who you can contact if you have any queries. For university track, you need to send just one original set of application form and all documents.

If you want to apply through the embassy track, you need to send your application directly to Korean embassy in India. The application deadline for GKS graduate scholarship 2024 is 29th February 2024 ( Thursday). For embassy track, you need to send one original set of application form and all documents and 3 photocopy sets.

Applicants must submit their scholarship applications no later than 29th February 2024 (Thursday) to the below given address.

Ms. Jee Hyesoo

Second Secretary

Political Affairs Department

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

9, Chandragupta Marg,

Chanakyapuri Extension,

New Delhi-110021

Phone: 011-4200-7000

The selection process for GKS embassy and university tracks are as below:

GKS Graduate 2023 India selection process

Another important difference between embassy and university tracks of GKS scholarship is that under embassy track you can choose 3 universities in your order of preference but under university track you can apply to only one university.

But under embassy track if you are not shortlisted by embassy and NIIED your application never reached any Korean university. Under university track, you can be sure that your application will be seen by at least one university.

So both the tracks have their plus and minus points. It's your choice to choose one. Though there is one thing I would like to point out.

Sometimes the 1st round short-listing for the embassy track is over soon and the results are announced while the dates for university track applications are still open. In that you can apply for university track as well if you can't make it through the first round of the university track. 

How many seats are there for Indian students for GKS Scholarship?

The number of seats in GKS scholarship varies every year.

In year 2024, for India, there are 22 scholarship seats under the embassy track and 25 seats under university track.

What's the Period of GKS Graduate Scholarship?

Masters Degree Program: 3 years

- 1 year of Korean language training + 2 years of degree program

 Doctoral Degree Program: 4 years

- 1 year of Korean language training + 3 years of degree program

 Research Program: 6 months or 1 year

What's the Eligibility Criteria for GKS Scholarship?

○ Nationality

- All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED designated countries that are invited to take part in the GKS program.

- Applicants’ parents (or legal guardians) must hold citizenship from another country other than Korea. If applicants or their parent hold dual citizenship (one who has both Korean citizenship and citizenship of another country), such applicant is NOT eligible to apply.

-Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit documentation issued by the Korean government that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.

-If an applicant’s citizenship is changed during the selection process, he or she will be excluded from the evaluation. (Not applicable to R&D program)

- For Overseas Korean applicants (Embassy Track) holding Japanese citizenship, if their parents hold „Permanent Residency Permit‟ within Japan while holding Korean citizenship, they are exceptionally eligible to apply.

-Applicants from all countries around the world can apply to R&D program.

○ Degree Requirements

- Master’s Program Applicant: Must hold a Bachelor's degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor's degree.

- Doctoral Program Applicant: Must hold a Master's degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master's degree.

- Research Program Applicant: Must have received an invitation from one of the partner universities and must meet the criteria below;

※Applicants who are expected to graduate by July 31st , 2024 can also apply for the program with a certificate of expected graduation. Such applicants must submit their official graduation certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript to GKS Center, NIIED by July 31st , 2024. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your acceptance

○ Grades

- Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of the entire curriculum from the previous degree program * must meet one of the conditions below;

*For example, previous degree for a doctoral degree program applicant is a master’s degree program

  • CGPA must be above 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5 or 3.23/5.0
  • Score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one's class

*Applicants must submit an academic transcript with CGPA or ranking information.

* If a transcript does not provide CGPA in any one of the accepted GPA scales (4.0, 4.3, 4.5, 5.0 or 100 point scale), then the applicant must submit a transcript converted into one of the above GPA scales as a supplementary document.

○ Age

- Must be under 40 years of age (born after September 1, 1984)

- Academic professors in one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients* who are under 45 years of age (born after September 1, 1979) are eligible to apply.

* DAC List of ODA Recipients on 2024 and 2025 flows (

○ Health

- All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to study in Korea for the full duration of the program.

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  • What Documents do I need to submit for GKS Scholarship?



    Application Documents




    Documents to complete (Required)


    (form 1) Application Form





    (form 2) Personal Statement





    (form 3) Study Plan




    (form 4) Research Proposal (only applicable for research program applicants)



    (form 5) ONE Letter of Recommendation





    (form 6) Letter of Invitation (issued by the research program university)



    (form 7) GKS Applicant Agreement





    (form 8) Personal Medical Assessment





    (form 9) Consent to Collect and Use Personal Information






    Must be


    or Consular


    *Required for




    Applicant's/Parent(s)' Proof of Citizenship and family

    relationship Document





    Bachelor's Graduation Certificate (or Diploma)





    Bachelor's Degree Transcript





    Master's Graduation Certificate (or Diploma)




    Master's Degree Transcript




    Doctoral Graduation Certificate (or Diploma)

    - only applicable for postdoctoral Research program applicants



    Doctoral Degree Transcript

    - only applicable for postdoctoral Research program applicants



    Certificate of Employment

    - only applicable for. professionals under research program



    Proof of Overseas Korean Document/Proof of Korean Adoptee






    Proof of Korean Citizenship Renunciation Document

    - applicant and his/her parent(s)





    Proof of Korean War Veteran's Descendant





    Certificates of Employment or Working Experience

    - only applicable for Global Network program Applicants


    Other documents (Optional)


    Score report of valid TOPIK (original) or English Proficiency Test (copy)





    Awards and other certificates, etc. (copy)





    Applicant‟s Passport (copy)




    Contact Information

    ○ Embassy of the Republic of Korea in India

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone no. : 91-11-4200-7000

    Fax :  91-11-2688-4840

    ○ Korean Universities for 2024 GKS Graduate Degrees: CLICK HERE !

    ○ Other useful websites

    Learning Korean

    Korean Portal

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Visa and Immigration ,

    Higher Education in Korea

    What would be your ONE BEST ADVICE to GKS aspirants?

    Please go to all the links below, download all the documents and read them. It may take a few hours or even a few days but PLEASE DO IT.

    Whatever doubts you have should be cleared after reading these documents properly.

     Do not ask questions to random experts on internet. If you have any query, contact the embassy, Korean university or NIIED.

    Wish you all the best.

    Check the guidelines carefully for further information such as the eligibility requirements, required documents and directions to submit the application.

    The deadline will be decided by each office that accepts the application documents, i.e. the Korean Embassies or selected universities. Please make sure to check their separate announcement for the deadlines.

    Thank you and good luck!

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    Satish Satyarthi

    I am Satish, a Korean language learner and educator. I did my Bachelors degree in Korean language from JNU, Delhi and Masters degree in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University, South Korea. and an M.Phil. in Korean from JNU. I have a passion for education and technology. I have been involved in Korean language education and research for more than 10 years and have trained hundreds of Korean language learners across the globe, online and in physical classrooms.

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    1. Dear sir,hope you are doing well.
      I am an aspirant for the GSK scholarship 2021.
      Please confirm that is the 80% a mandatory eligibility criteria to get a scholarship, even if the requirement from college/university allows for a lower percentage for admission? 

      I hope to hear from you soon.I don’t want to miss the chance.

    2. Dear Sir,

      I am not able to see the last date for GKS for Graduate programs in Seoul national university. what is the last date to send the application directly to Seoul National University. Please let me know. it is not available on OIA website as well. I am only getting the last date of application of Embassy track i.e 19th march. Please let me know if university last date has already gone.

    3. Hello! Sir…i want to ask we should send our documents to embassy track or we have to go their? And what kind of documents we should prepare?

    4. Sir please let me know how much percentage we need to obtain in bachelor's degree to get global Korean scholarship for master's degree???? Please clear this issue sir.

      1. Hi there ! 80% marks or you should be in the top 20 in the class. If you don’t have 80% marks but fall under top 20, you can get an application from your institute stating your rank.

    5. Hey, I've 81% in class 12th but currently pursuing graduation, don't know about marks yet and want to apply for gks scholarship for post graduation, clear me that do I have to score more than 80% in graduation too???????

    6. Pakistan walo ki kitni cgpa honi chaiye ????? for embassy track
      Aur kia pakistan ki sirf 1 seat hai ????????
      Passport bhi zrori hai kia ?????
      Kindly help me
      Aur matric me 85% thi
      Inter me 82% hai

      1. It depends on your spending. It’s not compulsory for you to have strong bank balance but the stipend money won’t be enough for you to suffice if you’ve to spend on trips or shop expensive goods like phones or laptops. Stipend money should be enough for you to meet basic needs.

    7. Greetings Sir/Madam,
      I will be applying for the Global Korean Scholarship(GKS) this year 2022 for graduate degree program, so it would be a great help if you could let me know the deadline for the application form submission.
      Thank you,
      With regards.

      1. Hi there~ The deadline for embassy track is assigned by the MHRD. The deadline for University track depends on individual university. You can refer to their sites for more info.

    8. Hey, I'm applying for the gks scholarship this year for graduate degree… actually I dont' have my birth certificate right now and it is clearly mentioned in the guidelines to provide that, but as you've mentioned in this article that we can provide voter id card for both applicant and parents… is it reallly possible because I called the embassy for the clarification but they said only the birth certificate for the applicant is required….
      It would be really helpfull if you help me with that. Thanks

      1. Hi, have you got any update on birth certificate thing. Will the passport copy itself will work for citizenship and relationship document.

    9. Agar 10 or 12th May marks second division hai to kya isase koi problem Hoti Hai graduation mein agar acche marks a gaye to Bhi korean scholarship mily gi

    10. Is this scholarship for undergraduates also ?? I have passes my 12th from cbse board with 70% , but when I am calculating GPA on 4.0 scale , its 2.88 , am I eligible for the GKS Scholarship ??

    11. Is recommendation letter mandatory for getting GKS scholarship? I have completed my degree under correspondence 3 years ago and there are no professors in my college/university whom I know or they know me. Kindly help on this.

    12. Hello, I am a bachelor's of mass media student. I am going to get my degree certificate by april/may. can I still apply and what are the dates for application?

    13. HI,
      I hope this message finds you well. I am currently in the process of applying for the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) 2025. As I review the requirements, I have encountered some uncertainties regarding the scoring criteria.

      I have noticed that the scoring should ideally be on a 100 point scale, 4.0, or 5.0 scale. However, the academic certificates I possess are provided on a 10 point scale. Additionally, I have a percentage certificate issued by my university.

      Could you kindly advise me on whether I should submit the percentage certificate along with my original transcript, which is on a 10 point scale, to meet the requirements for the application?
      Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your guidance and clarification.

    14. Sir I want to ask you my university have 10 scale for cgpa and this gks form show last out of 5 cgpa so my point is can I write to form 10 out of 8.9 cgpa so please sir please tell me …..

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