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KOICA Scholarship Program CIAT


A. About KOICA

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), established in 1991, is a
governmental agency dedicated to providing Korea’s grant aid programs. KOICA aims to
promote amicable, cooperative relationships and mutual exchanges with developing
countries by rendering support for their socioeconomic development. KOICA has been
engaging in a wide range of schemes ,including the Fellowship Program, Korea
Volunteer Dispatching Program, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief, Public-Private
Partnership, Bilateral and Multilateral Projects etc.

B. KOICA Fellowship Program, CIAT

Like its acronym that sounds like "seed" in Korean, CIAT hopes to spread seeds of
hope across KOICA’s partner countries. CIAT is a cooperation program where
policy-makers, public servants, and experts from KOICA’s partner countries are
invited to Korea for technical training and knowledge sharing. CIAT has established
partnerships with a multitude of public organizations, research institutes, universities, and others in Korea to offer quality training programs. Especially, CIAT Scholarship
Programs provide various supports to partner countries’ talented government officials
who want to study and get a graduate degree in Korea. Such efforts have resulted in a
high level of satisfaction among participants. After returning to their home countries,
CIAT participants contribute not only to their societies but also to strengthen Korea and
partner country’s bilateral partnership.

C. Program Procedure Summary

Step1. Submission of Application documents & Nominated by Government

Step2. KOICA Country Office(Korean Embassy) On-site Interview in your home country
↓ If pass
Step4. Documents Screening by University
↓ If pass
Step5. Interview (or/and Test) by University
↓ If pass
Step6. Medical Check-up in your home country
↓ If pass
Step7. Entering Korea, Orientation & Medical Check-up in Korea
↓ If pass
Step7. Degree Program

Step8. Return


A. Nationality

All applicants must hold citizenship of the designated countries below. The
countries* are selected by KOICA among the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients.
* The list of designated countries is subject to change annually according to the
policies of the Korean government or KOICA.
List of Designated Countries:

  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Côted’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt,
    Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra-Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gambia, The Central African Republic, Lesotho, Togo, Niger, Burkina-Faso, Benin, Mauritius, Uganda
  • Latin America: Colombia,Dominican-Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Costa-Rica, Suriname
  • Middle East: Jordan, Palestine, Iraq
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, The Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • Pacific: Fiji, Papua New-Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Niue, Vanuatu
  • CIS: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Georgia
B. Employee Status and Government Nomination

All applicants must be government officials and officially nominated by their
governments for the KOICA Scholarship program.


(Preferably) Under age 40 (Born after JAN 1, 1983)

D. Health

- All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically to study in
Korea for the full duration of the program.
- Applicants with disabilities, but in good mental and physical health, are eligible to apply.
- Applicants with severe illness are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.

E. Minimum Level of Education and Field experience

- Applicants must have obtained the required degree (minimum level of education
indicated above) by FEBRUARY 28, 2023.
- Some programs have specific qualifications in terms of the level of education.
Please Refer to the Program Information of each university.

Minimum level of Education for Master’s: Bachelor’s Degree - 2 years
Minimum level of Education for Doctoral: Master’s Degree - 3 years after graduation
from KOICA Master’s degree program

F. English Proficiency

Applicants must have a good command of English both in speaking and writing.
It is required to take classes conducted entirely in English and be able to write
academic reports and theses in English.

G. Restrictions

1) A person who has previously received a scholarship for a degree program from
the Korean government is NOT eligible to apply
- A person who had previously enrolled in a degree program through a Korean
government-sponsored scholarship program other than the KOICA-administered
scholarship program CANNOT apply to a Doctoral course,
- A person who had received a bachelor’s degree scholarship from the Korean
government CAN apply to a master’s course
2) A previous KOICA scholar whose scholarship was cancelled* after their
enrollment CANNOT apply
* Cancellation of Scholarship means a KOICA SP participant either withdrew from ‟
the program or his/her scholarship was forfeited due to cumulative warnings,
etc. during their scholarship period

3) Applicants who apply to the KOICA Doctoral degree Program must be a scholar
who successfully finished the KOICA’s Master’s Degree Program before 28 of
February, 2020.

H. Preferable

Employed by your government during and after the program (be engaged in the
expertized area of your study as an official servant of your government)

I. University eligibility

Applicants must meet the university’s criteria that the applicant is applying for and
submit all the documents that the university listed in it’s Program Information.


  1. Air Fare: Economy class flight ticket (Based on actual expense). At the time of initial entry/final departure. During the program, expense caused of Participant’s fault will not be covered. If a participant wants to change the flight itineraries, they should pay the additional airfare.
  2. Settlement Allowance
    (Master) KRW 600,000, (Doctoral) KRW 1,200,000
  3. Monthly Allowance: KRW 999,000/ month
  4. Extracurricular Activities: part of the expenses needed for study visits, workshops, Korean language classes and others, except for regular classes
  5. Accommodation: Universities Dormitory
  6. Scholarship Completion Grants
    (Master) KRW 300,000 (Doctoral) KRW 600,000/ ONCE - Before Departure
  7. National Health Insurance Appox. KRW 79,210/ month
  8. Private Medical Insurance: Unexpected accidents or illnesses (benefit may differ to each case)


  • Applicants have to apply through KOICA regional office or Korean Embassy at specified time periods.
  • KOICA headquarters or University does not accept any application submitted by individuals.
  • Please refer to the Application Guideline and Program Information of each university, as each program may have different criteria

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