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icon Scholarship Program
icon MOU-UNKS North Korean Studies Scholarship

The “MOU-UNKS North Korean Studies Scholarship” is designed to support rising scholars interested in pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies.

Scholarships will be provided to applicants of the master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies at the University of North Korean Studies. Successful applicants to the doctoral program can receive a scholarship for up to three years.

icon Applicant Eligibility
  • Foreign nationals under the age of 40 who apply to enter a master’s or doctoral program on studies of North Korea and Korean unification.
  • Academic requirements: All applicants must have maintained the overall final cumulative GPA equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following from their highest level of education (Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree)
    • - 2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
    • - 2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
    • - 2.91 on a 4.5 scale;
    • - 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or
    • - Score percentile: 80% or above on a 100 point scale
  • If an applicant holds a transcript that does not include information on grade point average or is unable to convert his or her grades into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above, then the applicant must submit an official document issued by the applicant’s university describing the university’s grade system.
  • Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) level 5 (or above) and those who apply to the doctoral program.
icon Grant Period
  • Up to 2 years for Master’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
  • Up to 3 years for Doctor’s Degree applicants (renewed annually)
  • The initial grant will be provided for one year with annual review and renewal process. Minimum 80% of cumulative GPA or better is required for renewal.
  • Applications for 2021 will be open to freshmen able to start on March 1, 2021.
  • Recipient of the scholarship grant should enter the Republic of Korea at least 15 days prior to the start of the program.
  • In accordance with the Infectious Control and Prevention Act, all incoming foreigners, regardless of nationality, shall be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning on the date of entry.
icon Grant Amount
  • Tuition (total amount)
  • Living expenses (KRW 2,000,000/month)
  • Round-trip flight ticket (expense reimbursement)
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Settling-in allowance (KRW 700,000)