KOICA to commence Master's Degree and PhD scholarship program in 2022

Author: Eric Misigaro
On:23/02/2022 17:04
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KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) has been giving Rwandan government officials an opportunity to study Master's degree and PhD program in Korea every year through its Scholarship Program (SP).

KOICA has been awarding scholarship to around 5-15 beneficiaries each year.

- The application for 2022 SP is now open and KOICA encourages Rwandan public servants to apply and get scholarship.

- The interested candidates can obtain full information about KOICA SP  in application guidelines available at https://www.koica.go.kr/sites/ciat/index.do.

- As a coordinating partner, the Higher Education Council (HEC) has posted the call of application in their website (https://www.hec.gov.rw) and is in a position to answer to inquiries that applicants may have on the application procedure.

- KOICA will also hold an online briefing on February 25, 2022 from 14:00.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the premier grant aid agency of the Korean government, has announced the opening of its 2022 Master's degree and PhD scholarship program in collaboration with the Higher Education Council (HEC) on February 7, 2022.

This year, 22 programs will be available for Master's degree scholarship and 2 programs for PhD scholarship. Programs cover a wide array of subjects essential for development, such as finance and tax policy, agricultural economics and productivity, ICT techno-policy, and global education leadership. Since KOICA started to offer scholarship in 2008 in Rwanda, 144 people have completed the study, while 10 are expected to graduate at the end of 2022.

Applicants must be public servants with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in their field of study, holding a bachelor’s degree from recognized institutions, be officially nominated by the government of Rwanda and must not have participated in KOICA scholarship program or any of the Korean Government’s scholarship program before. Applicants from Nonprofit Organizations are also eligible to apply, but they are limited to apply for one master’s program (Master's degree program for Civil Society Leadership)  with two letters of recommendation, one from the government office and the other from either the Korean Embassy, international NGO, UN-associated organizations, or KOICA.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the whole program, settlement allowance, accommodation, monthly allowance, insurance, extracurricular activities, a scholarship completion grant and an economy class round-trip airfare.

The deadline for the application is March 20, 2022 by which date applicants must submit all required documents along with the recommendation letter from HEC. Completed applications should be submitted through the HEC’s website (https://mis.hec.gov.rw). After successful application, KOICA in coordination with each university offering the program will initiate its own vetting process to select the scholarship beneficiaries.

To ensure that all interested candidates can apply, KOICA will organize the online briefing of the program from 14:00 on February 25, 2022 and will provide detailed explanation on the eligibility, requirements, and deadline.

Detailed information on the application requirements and documents can be found on the KOICA website (https://www.koica.go.kr/sites/ciat/index.do) or HEC’s website (https://www.hec.gov.rw).

Since 1991, KOICA has been implementing its grant aid programs in Rwanda, disbursing about USD 150 million through various projects and capacity building programs. KOICA Rwanda Office was officially opened in 2011. KOICA currently has over 10 on-going projects in Rwanda in education, agriculture and ICT sectors. With the outbreak of COVID-19, KOICA has also supported the GoR in response to the pandemic by providing a mobile testing vehicle, walk-through testing booths and personal protective equipment (PPE) worth about USD 1 million.