Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Master's Scholarships at KDI School of Public Policy and Management Seoul, Korea


The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific is a unique inter-governmental organization providing development assistance under the “Planning for Prosperity” motto and the concept of self-help and mutual help where member countries provide assistance to one another in socio-economic development.

The Colombo Plan was conceived at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in January 1950 and was established on 1 July 1951 as a cooperative venture for economic and social advancement of the people of South and Southeast Asia. It has grown from the founding group of seven Commonwealth nations - Australia, Britain, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, to 25, including non-Commonwealth and countries belonging to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Current Colombo Plan member countries are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam

Sponsored by The Colombo Plan Secretariat, the one year Master programs, Mater of Development Policy and Master of Public Policy for foreign students are conducted by the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Korea. The academic year is based on a trimester system and in principle. It takes one year to complete the coursework. Students need a minimum of 45 credits to receive a degree. Of the 45 credits, 39 credits must be obtained through coursework in the first year. The remaining 6 credits can be fulfilled by submitting a research project (worth 6 credits) before or after returning to one’s country of residence and/or workplace.




The Master of Development Policy (MDP) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs are taught in English. The KDI School also provides Basic Korean. Language courses for international students.


The Master of Development Policy (MDP) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP)programs are conducted on a full - time basis starting in January 2012, and require one year’s coursework.


Colombo Plan developing member countries.


All applicants for the Master of in Development Policy (MDP) and Public Policy (MPP)program must meet the following minimum general requirements.8
1. Minimum 5 years experience in the public sector.
2. Nominated by the Colombo Plan National Focal Point of their respective Governments
3. Completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
4. Meet English language requirements.

Application for Admission – complete an online application at


Applicants must prove proficiency in English by submitting TOEFL (minimum 570) or IELTS (minimum 6.0) scores with the application form to Colombo Plan. (A copy of English Language test results must accompany the Application form). Those who pursued their first degree at an English medium University are exempted from this requirement.


The scholarship awards will cover the following:
A return air ticket on economy class from the closest international airport to
Seoul, Korea.
Admission costs

Full tuition

Living stipend of KRW640,000

By the participating country:

Book allowance of US$300 per student per month


The KDI School will provide a student dormitory (double occupancy rooms).


Applicants will need to obtain a visa from the Korean Embassy in their countries or other accredited countries before their arrival in Korea. Participating Governments are kindly requested to bear the cost of visa application for their participants. The Colombo Plan will not provide visa fees.


Each member country is requested to nominate through the National Focal Point two candidates by completing the Application Form, the Medical Certificate and Admission Essay.

Please send the duly completed nomination forms (two sets) to the Colombo Plan
Secretariat at the following addresses, by or before 2 October 2011.
Secretary General

The Colombo Plan Secretariat
No.31, Wijerama Mawatha
Colombo 7
Tel: + 94 11 2684188
Fax: + 94 11 2684386

Please refrain from sending Application Forms directly to the KDI School.
The deadline for the nominations will be strictly observed.


Selections for the MDP and MPP program will be done jointly by CPS and KDI School.
Since we intend to notify the applicants of their acceptance as soon as their
applications are processed, sending nominations as early as possible is very much

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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