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OAS Full Tuition Scholarship to study in South Korea

Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)


  • Letter of unconditional admission to KDI;

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and be currently employed in the public sector (Preferably 6 years of work experience);

  • The awardee must not have received other academic scholarships from the OAS or from KDI, for the same level of studies and/or programs as requested in the 2016 OAS-KDI application;

  • Only citizens and/or permanent legal residents of OAS member states will be eligible.


The Organization of American States and KDI School of Public Policy and Management are offering four awards for qualified candidates of the Americas. It offers a full tuition fee and monthly stipend between $833 USD and $1,000 USD/month. Already admitting applications to study at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, its deadline is due September 16,2016.


General Provisions:

  1. Student/Applicant’s profile: A bachelor's degree or equivalent, good command of English (all classes and assessments are conducted in English); work experience (preferred, not a requirement).
  2. Study Location/Modality: Onsite in South Korea
  3. Study program start date: February 2017
  4. Study program duration: 12 months
  5. Approximate end date of the study program: February 2018
  6. Language of instruction: English
  7. Admission process:
    1. Before applying for admission, we encourage applicants to read the program description, and ensure that the study area fulfills their expectations and interests.
    2. The student must possess a bachelor’s degree diploma or certificate of completion of an undergraduate degree, prior to the date the application is submitted.
    3. The deadline to apply for admission to the program is: September 16, 2016.


Scholarship Benefits and Program Costs:


The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition costs ($23,333 USD), subject to the academic performance of the student. To maintain the scholarship, recipients should not be reported with low academic performance for not attending class and/or for failing a course.

Financial Responsibilities of Awardees:

Scholarship awardees will be responsible for covering all subsistence and medical insurance costs not included in this grant. The awardee will also be responsible for covering his/her own fees for school administrative services (certificates, issuing documents, etc.), admissions tests, graduation costs, legalization of documents, airfare, visa formalities, books and study materials, accommodation, and meals, as well as any other additional costs or expenses in which the awardee may incur and which are not covered in this call.


Scholarship Application Process:

Gather the following documents, which must be attached to the OAS/KDI scholarship application form, in the following order:

  1. Copy of government issue passport (the copy must show your photo,name and expiration date
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume; please do not include certificates for professional development courses, workshops or similar courses.
  3. Certified copy of undergraduate diploma or degree certificate from the study university, certifying compliance with all academic requirements, including approval of final exams/thesis, if applicable.
  4. Copy of undergraduate academic transcripts of completed programs (must provide a record of all the courses you have taken throughout the years of studing).
  5. KDI Statement of Purpose (must use the official form): explain your motivation and qualifications for pursuing your education at KDI School
  6. Two recommendation letters: from a university professor or from a current or most recent employer. The letter, must include the professor’s/employer’s position, contact information, date and signature, these letters should provide information abpout your performance in academic or professional settings. Please use KDI official form.
  7. Employment Verification (KDI School official form)
  8. Students whose native language is not English will be required to submit one of the following documents to prove their English proficiency:
    1. I. An official transcript verifying completion of studies in an English-speaking university in the last five years; OR
    2. II. A test on English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 or higher for the paper based test, 237 for computer-based test, or an internet-based (IBT) score of at least 80; OR
    3. III. IELTS 6.5, or TOEIC, TEPS, OPIc or
    4. IV. Equivalent

Draft the following essays: (each essay should have a minimum of 800 characters and a maximum of 2,900 characters):

  • Essay 1: Describe how acquiring this academic degree will directly impact and enhance your professional skills at your current job position or career.
  • Essay 2: The OAS – KDI Scholarship requires recipients to return to any OAS member state of citizenship or legal residence, for 1 year upon completion of the studies. Please explain how you intend to apply the acquired knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of your country or region. Moreover, please explain the reasons why you are applying to the scholarship, your financial need, and how you intend to cover additional expenses.

Complete and send the OAS-KDI Scholarship Application Form, along with the documents listed in step 1, which should be attached in one single PDF document in the order specified in Step 1.

Evaluation and pre-selection process:

Applications that meet all requirements and conditions established in this call will be subject to an evaluation and pre selection process, in accordance with the criteria set forth herein. This procedure will be executed by an evaluation committee made up of representatives from the scholarship awarding parties, including, experts from the OAS known for their outstanding career and prestige in areas related to the discipline of the study program. The results of this evaluation committee will be final. Preselected candidates will be contact by OAS to follow STEP 6 and 7. The final results will be announced tentative after December 19, 2016.

The scholarship acceptance deadline will be during December. Only selected candidates will be contacted via e-mail with their official scholarship offer and further instructions on its acceptance.

All the preselected contacted by OAS will begin the admission process for KDI. All pre-selected candidates by OAS committee will be contacted so they could fllow further instructions.

Awardees prepare for the beginning of their study program: registering for classes, ordering course books, etc.


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Letter of unconditional admission to KDI.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and be currently employed in the public sector (Preferably 6 years of work experience).
  • The awardee must not have received other academic scholarships from the OAS or from KDI, for the same level of studies and/or programs as requested in the 2016 OAS-KDI application.
  • Only citizens and/or permanent legal residents of OAS member states will be eligible.
  • OAS staff, individuals who maintain employment contracts with the OAS, the staff of the Permanent Missions to the OAS, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible to receive OAS-KDI scholarships.
  • No type of employment or commercial relationship shall be established between the OAS or KDI and the PAEC OAS-KDI awardees. Similarly, the OAS and KDI shall not assume any type of liability for the student, whether civil, contractual or non-contractual, during the entire scholarship period.


Scholarship selection criteria:

  • Academic merit and overall credentials, including the candidate’s academic and professional background;
  • Geographical distribution of the applicants, taking into account national needs as per the United Nations’ Development Program Human Development Index;
  • Applicants whose proposals portray the highest potential for impact upon return to their countries of origin; and
  • Gender diversity.

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Desde 11/07/2016 hasta 16/09/2016
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