POSTECH Scholarships for International Students

POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) is Korea’s first research university and focuses on training entrepreneurs in the areas of national and global leadership. Located in the harbor city of Pohang, South Korea, it was founded in 1986 and since its opening and recognizes itself as a value-creating university. It has ranked #1 in the top 100 universities under fifty years old, as well as #1 in the Asian Specialized University category, and #1 among universities that publish research in collaboration with industry.

The undergraduate program is comprised of 11 departments or disciplines across science and engineering, and the graduate program also spans 11 departments with offerings in professional graduate school, special graduate school, and interdisciplinary programs. Here, we will be going over some of the best scholarships at POSTECH.

Many full scholarships for undergraduate students are offered by the Korean Government, so undergraduate scholarship programs at POSTECH take economic factors into account for each applicant. Candidates can receive training and develop a global outlook despite personal financial hardships, and scholarship programs are set up to address this need.

Upon enrollment, students are automatic recipients of the President Science Scholarship, the National Scholarship (science and engineering), the National Merit Scholarship, and the Jigok Scholarship. There are multiple further opportunities for funding if certain criteria are met, and candidates can find this information at the Study in Korea website.

Scholarships are also assessed and awarded based on the end-of-semester results ranging from 100% of the scholarship amount to 50% of the scholarship amount. Students who lack sufficient grades can be excluded from scholarship selections.

Postgraduate awards are also numerous and often involve fieldwork in students’ related fields. The information provided below offers a glimpse into the many options for students to receive scholarships from POSTECH University. Also, see the information provided about further external scholarships for postgraduate students at the end of this listing.

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Undergraduate Scholarships at POSTECH University

1. Jigok Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Not stated
  • Eligibility Criteria: First-year students who have not qualified for neither government nor external scholarship
  • Scholarship Link

Students studying at POSTECH are eligible for a number of government-sponsored scholarships that cover a wide range of expenses. The Jigok Scholarship is awarded to students who are in the first year of study and have not received any of these government scholarships nor an external scholarship. This scholarship cannot be awarded if any other scholarships have been received.

2. Merit-based Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: awards are given by academic merit and financial need
  • Eligibility Criteria: students with excellent entrance examination scores with the potential to grow into global leaders in the field of science, or new students who have previously won a contest sponsored by the university (students may receive an award in one category but not both).
  • Scholarship Link

Scholarship recipients, selection criteria and award amounts are determined separately for this POSTECH scholarship. Eligibility is automatic upon enrolment but students must maintain academic standards.

3. Word-Study Scholarships

  • Scholarship Amount: varies (fixed amounts)
  • Eligibility Criteria: varies based on need
  • Scholarship Link

There are numerous options for work-study scholarships at POSTECH. Some are based on financial need. Work often includes a set number of work hours to be completed, or participation in a leadership, mentoring, or research role within your area of research at the school. Providing false documentation will result in the cancelation of funding as well as restitution and possible disciplinary action.

The scholarships listed here are a sample of the numerous opportunities for which candidates are eligible. For more information about the types of scholarships that are available to students at POSTECH, please visit the scholarship page available on their website.

Postgraduate Scholarships at POSTECH University

1. Internal Fellowship (External Fellowships are also available)

  • Scholarship Amount: Airfare, Settlement Allowance of 500,000 KRW for the first three months
  • Eligibility Criteria: New students who have not lived in Korea for six months before admission
  • Degree Offered: Master’s and PhD
  • Scholarship Link

The Fellowship is classified as internal and external, with further external options available through the link provided. Funds are provided by the university and external foundations, and scholarships are awarded by the university. External Fellowships are also available and are selected by the external institutes.

2. Assistantship

  • Scholarship Amount: Master’s: 1,367,500 KRW/month. PhD’s: 1,844,000 KRW/month
  • Eligibility Criteria: Must offer service in teaching, research, or administrative work in relation to one’s field
  • Degree Offered: Master’s and PhD
  • Scholarship Link

Assistantship is a work-assistance program where the scholarship is granted to students who offer services in teaching assistance, research assistance or administrative assistance in their area of study. Assistance amounts can vary by lab, and advisors can use their own discretion in the granting of additional allowances. To get this POSTECH scholarship, students must be in good standing, and any who receive academic warnings will not be eligible for the award in the next semester.

3. POSCO Fellowship

  • Scholarship Amount: Tuition, Housing Assistance (Dormitory), 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 KRW/month for a maximum of 2 years
  • Eligibility Criteria: Master’s or PhD students
  • Degree Offered: Master’s and PhD
  • Scholarship Link

This is part of the POSCO Science Fellowship that grants awards to students in science and technology who will lead growth in Korea, and who struggle to find sufficient support. This POSTECH scholarship is given in mathematics, physics, chemistry and life science, and in applied science, grants are given in the steel, new material and energy material categories. For more information, visit POSTECH University’s Scholarship page.

Students interested in science and engineering will find a wealth of scholarships at POSTECH, but should also be aware of the number of external scholarships available. For further information, visit the GIFT Financial Aid tab of the Graduate Student section of the POSTECH website.


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