Inbound Programs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA),
as SNU's headquarter for developing and promoting its international programs and initiatives,
welcomes all students and scholars to SNU's vibrant intellectual community.

Scholarships SNU President Fellowship (SPF)

SNU President Fellowship (SPF)


An applicant must be both
  • a faculty of major universities WITHOUT Ph.D. degree from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America etc.
  • admitted to SNU as a Ph.D. student for the given semester


Priority is given to applicants doing exceptional work in engineering, medicine, public health, agriculture, developmental studies, Korean studies, etc.

Details of the Award

  • Application Period : June for fall admission, December for spring admission
  • Number of Recipients : To be announced
  • Amount and Duration of Award
SNU President Fellowship
Tuition First 3 years of Ph.D. program Full tuition fee for six semesters
Living Expenses KRW 1,500,000 monthly stipend for 4 years*
Korean Language Training A round-trip airfare(economy class based on GTR system)
Medical Insurance Korean language training (only evening class during semesters)
Airfare  Round trip Group Medical Insurance(only for an awardee)

Required Documents

  1. SPF Application Form (including study plan)
  2. Certificate of Employment (as a faculty member)
  3. Recommendation Letter from the Dean of Affiliated College at SNU
  4. Video Link(Research and Teaching Achievements, Study Plan, Goals after Graduation)
    - Students could submit video file using the specified method(Vimeo, Youtube)
    - Presentations are limited to 5 minutes and competitors exceeding 5 minutes are disqualified.
  5. Candidates with the Recommendation Letter from the Dean or President of your current university are given preference.

Contact Information


"Thank You" from Scholarship Recipients

I would like to say, thank you very much to the SNU President Fellowship who gave me the scholarship first. I think that giving this kind of scholarship means to work hard to make your dreams come true. I would like to thank you again and I will be a bright future for this society.

Thanda Kyaw College of Education / Korean Language Education(Fall 2017 ~ Spring 2020) SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Fall 2017~ Fall 2020)

Undergraduate Program

I am personally proud to be an awardee of Seoul National University President Fellowship for Fall 2018. The fellowship gives me favorable conditions to study and work at the top-ranked university in Korea. I highly appreciate the support from SNU president, Office of International Affairs, my supervisor and new colleagues since my very first days in Korea. Now I can continue my higher education thanks to these supports.

Pham Ngoc Kien Earth and Environmental Sciences (Fall 2018~Spring 2022) Seoul National University President Fellowship (Fall 2018~Spring 2022)

Undergraduate Program

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the SPF scholarship. Thank you for the financial assistance you have provided me. It will be of great help to me as I will be able to focus on my academics and put all my energy into doing well in my classes. Thank you again for your generous contribution of the scholarship.

SAW SHIN NGWE College of Education/Korean Language Education Department (Fall2018~Spring2021) SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Fall2018~Spring2021)

Undergraduate Program

Receiving the AUNS scholarship has given a great opportunity to me. Thanks to this generosity I have been able to pursue my dream and goals for the future. The contribution of the scholarship was an essential part that enabled me to be able to study in Korea without overbearing financial burdens. I will always appreciate and be grateful for this program.

Vongthavanh Phithavanh National University of Laos, Department of Korean language Asian University Network Scholarship(AUNS)

Undergraduate Program

The SNU Fellowship Scholarship inspired me to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Become a receipt of SPF are one of the best things that have ever happened to me. And I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your tremendous financial help towards my academic goals.

TO HAI THIEN College of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Fall 2018 ~ Spring 2021) SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Fall 2018 ~ Spring 2021)

Undergraduate Program

I am very happy and grateful to be one of the luckiest students receiving the SNU president fellowship in this Fall semester. This support is not only meaning by the financial guaranty but also kindness and humanities to students from developing countries like us. And I would love to say thank you to the SNU committee as well as the donators for supporting me to pursue my academic career at Seoul National University, College of Medicine.

THUY-NGUYEN PHUONG College of Medicine SNU President Fellowship (Fall 2018~ Spring 2021)

Undergraduate Program

It gives me immense joy to write this thank you note to the SNU President Fellowship committee. This scholarship has provided me with a cracking chance to research fresh avenues in the field of medical sciences which I was dreaming of. SNU President Fellowship is a very potent model to prove to the world that how a financial support contributed to a deserving candidate could change the future of the student as well as the country. I highly appreciate the efforts made by the committee to uplift the standard of life of deserving candidates. This scholarship is making an old proverb true which says “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day; You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime”

Suchen Kumar Yadav College of Medicine/Department of Medicine SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Spring 2017 - Fall 2020)

Undergraduate Program

August 23, 2018