Applicants for degree study must indicate whether they are seeking admission to a Master's or a Ph.D. program.
Initially an award for degree study is made for one year, but the award may be renewed for one additional year subject to the availability of funding and evidence of satisfactory academic progress. As a renewal award is intended solely to facilitate progress toward an approved degree program, grantees approved for a Master's program or a Ph.D. program are eligible for one renewal. Any additional support provided under the terms of a renewal award will be adjusted to reflect the financial assistance available to the grantee from other sources. Ph.D. grantees are encouraged to immediately begin seeking alternate financial support sources from 3rd year.
The new award was made for North Korean Defectors in 2017. This award provides an opportunity to acquire a degree for North Korean Defectors who is academically competitive. The purpose of this award is to educate North Korean defectors to be qualified as an expert in each discipline in the future.