Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Scholarship [2023]


The Korea International cooperation agency, through the KOICA scholarship programme, is offering a scholarship for 24 master’s programs and 2 doctorate programs to future leaders in developing countries.

This scholarship programme is available to applicants in 62 selected DAC official development assistance countries. The list of countries can be found later in this article.

Applicants who get this scholarship will get the following;

  1. All expenses paid plane ticket.
  2. Tuition fees at selected University fully paid.
  3. Accommodation in Korea will be paid for.
  4. Monthly allowance of up to KRW 999,000.
  5. Insurance.

Aims and Objectives

The KOICA scholarship programme is designed to train future leaders in developing countries to contribute to the socio-economic development in their home countries after they are done with the programme.

During the programme, students learn about Korea’s development experiences, and the strategies Korea used to become an economic behemoth.

The idea is for students to learn and replicate these things in their home countries.

KOICA also aims to promote amicable, cooperative relationships and mutual exchanges with developing countries by rendering support for their socioeconomic development.


Prospective students must meet the following requirements to be considered for the scholarship;

  1. Applicants must be a citizen from the list of approved countries.
  2. Must have a Bachelor’s degree.
  3. Be officially nominated by their government.
    1. Must be a government employee with a minimum of 2 years of work experience in their field of study.
    2. Applicants affiliated with an international NGO are also eligible to apply. However, such applicants can only apply for the KOICA AJOU’s master’s degree programme in civil society leadership.
  4. Applicants must be under the age of 40.
  5. Must be fluent in oral or written English as classes, academic reports and thesis will be done in English.
  6. Applicants who have participated in a KOICA scholarship or any Korean Government scholarship before are not eligible to apply.
  7. Any past participant who was withdrawn from the programme is not eligible.
  8. Interested applicants must also meet the requirements of their choice of Korean University.

List of Eligible Countries for the KOICA Scholarship Programme

Below is the list of ODA-approved countries for the Korea International Cooperation Agency scholarship programme.

  1. Algeria
  2. Angola
  3. Cameroon
  4. Côte d’Ivoire
  5. DR Congo
  6. Egypt
  7. Gabon
  8. Ghana
  9. Kenya
  10. Libya
  11. Madagascar
  12. Morocco
  13. Mozambique
  14. Nigeria
  15. Rwanda
  16. Burundi
  17. Senegal
  18. Sudan
  19. Tanzania
  20. Tunisia
  21. Uganda
  22. Zambia
  23. Zimbabwe
  24. Malawi
  25. Bangladesh
  26. Cambodia
  27. India
  28. Indonesia
  29. Lao PDR
  30. Mongolia
  31. Nepal
  32. Pakistan
  33. Sri Lanka
  34. The Philippines
  35. Timor-Leste
  36. Vietnam
  37. Colombia
  38. Dominican Republic
  39. Ecuador
  40. El Salvador
  41. Guatemala
  42. Haiti
  43. Honduras
  44. Jamaica
  45. Paraguay
  46. Peru
  47. Bolivia
  48. Jordan
  49. Palestine
  50. Iraq
  51. Fiji
  52. Papua New Guinea
  53. Solomon Islands
  54. Uzbekistan
  55. Kyrgyzstan
  56. Azerbaijan
  57. Kazakhstan
  58. Ukraine
  59. Turkmenistan
  60. Tajikistan
  61. Belarus
  62. Georgia

Note: This list is subject to change by the committee.

List of Courses and Universities

Only the courses in the following Universities have been approved by KOICA for this year’s scholarship;

Economic Development Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Korea Development Institute

Gender Leadership (Asian countries only): Ewha Woman’s University

Fisheries Science: Pukyong National University

Social Economy: LAIST

Techno-Entrepreneurship Competency Based on ICT convergence: Handong Global University 

Response to Climate Change: Incheon National University

Global University Leadership: Korea National University of Education

Digital Innovation: Hanyang University

Capacity Building for SDGs (Asian countries only): Seoul National University

Control of Infectious Disease: Yonsei University

Civil Society Leadership (Asian countries only): Ajou University

Digital Transformation Technology: Soongsil University 

How to Apply for the KOICA Scholarship Programme

Before you proceed, note that you must meet the requirements.

Follow the steps below to apply for this scholarship;

Step 1: Get a Recommendation Letter from your Government

The government of your home country must recommend you for this scholarship. If you are from Nigeria, you can write to the Nigerian ministry of Education.

Step 2: Choose a Course and University

Just like many other scholarships, you have to also apply to your choice University in the host country and course while applying for the scholarship.

Choose from the list of available Universities and courses, then visit the KOICA CIAT website to see how to apply for each University.

Step 3: Download the Application form

The next step is to download the KOICA scholarship application form. Read the instructions on the form properly.

Open the form with a word processing software like Microsoft word and fill it accordingly. You are not allowed to fill most parts of the form with a pen except for your signatures.

Fill out the form in the English language.

After filling, print the form out and sign in the required places.

Step 4: Submit the form with supporting document

If you have completed the steps above, you can submit the KOICA application form with other supporting documents to the regional KOICA office or relevant government office.

You can send an email to the address at the end of this post for the location of the regional KOICA office in your country or contact the South Korean embassy in your country.

The deadline for the KOICA scholarship is March 20, 2023.

For further inquiries, send a mail to [email protected].

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