(KAIST) Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Studies in South Korea 2024

Scholarship in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Different Fields , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Korea South, Korea South
  • Apply Before : September 14, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 53274
  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSTOEIC
  • Fields of study All Majors
  • Opportunity Type : Fully FundedPartially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required Yes

Opportunity Description

About the scholarship

Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Scholarships for Masters and Ph.D. studies in South Korea are open for the 2024 Spring semester (Early Track).

Brief Details:

  • The period for online application submission: August 24 to September 14, 2023
  • Deadline for Submission of Documents by post: September 25, 2023
  • Interview (if required): October 30- November 17, 2023
  • Result Notification: December 156, 2023
  • Admission Date: February 26, 2024

Fields of study:

  • Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Graduate school of medical science and Engineering
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • The Robotics Program
  • Future Vehicle
  • School of Computing
  • Graduate School of Information Security
  • Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental and Energy Technology Program
  • Bio and Brain Engineering
  • Brain and Cognitive Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Graduate School of Data Science
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Nuclear and Quantum Engineering
  • RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program
  • Cho Chun Shik Graduate School of Mobility
  • Graduate School of Culture Technology
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy
  • Business and Technology Management
  • Graduate School of Global Digital Innovation
  • Global Information and Telecommunication
  • Global Technology and Innovation Program
  • Management Engineering
  • Finance MBA


KAIST offers Scholarship that provides the following (choose the KAIST scholarship while filling the form)

  • Tuition fee exemption
  • Monthly stipend of KRW 350,000 for Masters and KRW 400,000 for Ph.D. students
  • Medical Health Insurance fee

Who can apply?

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree for Master’s degree program and a bachelor’s and a master’s degree for Ph.D. studies.
  • By February, 2024, applicants for doctoral programs must submit an integrated program application or proof of a master’s degree.
  • This is only open to international students who are not dual citizen holders.
    • Korean citizens who hold dual citizenship are ineligible for KAIST International Graduate Admission cycles; applicants must be citizens of a country other than Korea.
    • International Korean applicants MUST also meet ONE of the following two requirements, regardless of where they were born:
      1. The applicant must have completed their entire elementary, junior high, and high school education OUTSIDE of Korea at the comparable and equivalent level of education in Korea. In this instance, international schools in Korea are not recognized as being foreign institutions of higher learning.
      2. NEITHER of their parents must be Korean citizens.

Note: Applications of Korean ethnicity should include the Certificate of the Facts Concerning the Entry & Exit issued by the Korean Immigration Office if the applicant’s entire education (elementary, junior high, high school, and undergraduate) was completed outside of Korea. Within one month of the online application deadline, the certificate should have been issued.

Language Requirements:

English is the official language of communication and instruction at KAIST for international students. All International Admission applicants must provide at least one of the following English proficiency test (EPT) scores:

Test Min. Score Submission Remark



*560 / 220

Report through the ETS website and send them a legible copy of score report Code: 0195 (iBT MyBest Scores are NOT accepted)
IELTS 6.5 band A legible copy of the score report Academic Mode
TOEIC 720 The original score report Listening & Reading
TEPS/ New TEPS 599 / 326 A legible copy of the score report

Note: English language proficiency tests administered after September 15th, 2020.
Test scores from Institutional Testing Program (ITP) are NOT accepted.

  • Programs that do not require EPT score: GDI-ITTP track, KINS-KAIST, RCA-KAIST, KOICAKAIST SEMBA
  • You are able to request a waiver of the requirement to prove an EPT score if you meet
    one of the following conditions:

    1. You do not need to provide an EPT score if you hold citizenship of the following countries OR have completed a qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree or higher from the following countries:
      Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, U.K., U.S.A.
    2. You do not need to provide an EPT score if you hold citizenship of the following countries AND have completed a qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree or higher in English as the medium of instruction from the following countries:

Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Republic of South Africa, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

      • A certificate proving the medium of instruction must be supplemented. i.e., English Lecture Certificate

3. Those enrolled in KAIST’s regular degree programs DO NOT need to provide an EPT score.

    • Undergraduate students who expect to graduate in February 2023
    • Graduate students who expect to graduate in February 2023
      * Those enrolled in the following programs and didn’t submit an EPT score during the application are not eligible for a waiver: GDI-ITTP track, KINS-KAIST, RCA-KAIST, KOICA-KAIST SEMBA

How to apply for this scholarship?

  • Click the apply now button to access the online application system
  • Finish the online application.
  • Choose a degree and program of study at KAIST by creating an account.
    • Please describe your background, including your educational, professional, and personal experiences.
    • Answer the other questions posed by KAIST and write your statement of purpose.
    • Select your financial resources.
    • At this point, you can apply for a KAIST Scholarship.
    • Apply online and pay the KRW 80,000 (or USD 80) application fee.
    • After your payment, the system will automatically send emails to your referees with information and guidelines for uploading recommendation letters.
  • Print the application form and keep it for further procedures.
  • Send a hard copy of the application print with supporting documents to the given address of the admission office.
  • Check your email regularly (for the interview and other notifications)
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Postal Address for documents submission:

Graduate Admissions Team, KAIST
#110, 1st Floor, E16‐1 B/D,
Daehakro 291, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141,
Republic of Korea.

Required documents:

The following documents are required:

  • Online application form printout
  • Statement of purpose questions (in the online application)
  • Statement of Financial Resources (Online Application)
  • Two letters of recommendation from your university professor, academic advisor, or supervisor form your company (electronically sent)
  • Certified Academic Degrees diploma or transcripts received within the last two years. In case you have not obtained these documents, you can submit official letters stating your expected graduation date.
  • English proficient Test (EPT) reports
  • CV
  • Identity document of the applicants (preferably passport)
  • A copy of the identity document of parents
  • Family relation certificate
  • The Certificate of the Facts Concerning the Entry & Exit (ONLY for applicants of Korean ethnicity)
    The Certificate of the Facts Concerning the Entry & Exit issued by the Korean Immigration Office and official certificates or letters of completion from the primary and secondary schools are required for applicants of Korean ethnicity who wish to demonstrate their eligibility with their entire education completed outside Korea.
  • List of honors and awards (optional) (use this form)
  • Employment certificate (optional)
  • School profile/rating system (optional)

Note: All documents should be in English or Korean.

Evaluation Criteria:

KAIST’s student selection committee evaluates applicants’ prior performance, future promise, and anticipated contribution to its scholarly community based on your academic records, recommendations, and other documents you submit. Therefore, it is very important for applicants to submit the documents in full and in an organized manner.

For more information regarding this scholarship, you may refer to KAIST Scholarship. or read the complete guide here

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