SNU President Fellowship (SPF) Program

How it Started

Recognizing its global social responsibility, Seoul National University launched the 『SNU President Fellowship Program』 back in 2014, to provide opportunities to faculty members of major universities in Asia, Africa, South America etc. to pursue Ph.D. degrees at SNU.
Conditions of Application
An applicant of the SPF program must be BOTH:
  • A faculty member of a major university in Asia, Africa, South America, etc. without a Ph.D degree
  • A newly admitted student to SNU as a Ph.D student during the application period
  • Priority is given to faculty members from partner universities in Asia, Africa, South America etc.
  • Applicants can apply to pursue Ph.D. in any research area but selection priority will be given to applicants doing exceptional work in engineering, medicine, public health, agriculture, developmental studies, and Korean studies.
What a recipient will get
A recipient of SPF program will be awarded of the following:
Full tuition waiver for up to six semesters
KRW 1,500,000~2,000,000 monthly stipend for 3 ~ 4 years
A round-trip airfare
Korean language evening class at the SNU Language Institute
National health insurance coverage
Facts and Figures
SNU has managed to steadily and continuously to benefit excellent young scholars
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Number of selected recipients 9 17 22 33 41 51 58 61 61
It served as a platform for promising researchers regardless of their countries
Semester 2014.1 2014.2 2015.1 2015.2 2016.1 2016.2 2017.1 2017.2 2018.1 2018.2 2019.1 2019.2 2020.1 2020.2 2021.1 2021.2 Total
Asia Nepal 1 2 1 4
Laos 1 1 2
Mongolia 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 10
Myanmar 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 8
Bangladesh 1 1 2
Vietnam 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 12
Indonesia 2 2 1 1 4
China 1 1 1 2 1 1 7
Kazakhstan 1 1
Thailand 2 1 3
Africa Ethiopia 1 2 3
Kenya 1 1
Panama 1 1
SNU has selected aspiring scholars from various areas, focusing on fields that would bring the prosper of each countries’ academia
Semester 2014.1 2014.2 2015.1 2015.2 2016.1 2016.2 2017.1 2017.2 2018.1 2018.2 2019.1 2019.2 2020.1 2020.2 2021.1 2021.2 Total
College of
1 1 1 3
College of
Social Sciences
2 1 1 4
College of
Natural Sciences
1 2 1 1 5
College of
1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 13
College of
1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 12
College of
1 1 1 1 1 5
College of
1 1
School of
1 1 2 1 1 1 6
Grad. School of
1 1
Grad. School of
1 1 1
School of
2 1 1 1 1 6
Grad. School of
Convergence Science
and Technology
1 1
SNU President Fellowship Program(SPF) Application Timeline
No Requirements
  • +Online SPF application should be done through SNU Office of Admissions Website ( within the admissions application period.
  • +Check the SPF application check box to make your online SPF application
  • +Submit your SNU President Fellowship Program application documents to the SNU OIA
    (scanned file as pdf format and original documents must all be submitted)
  • +First level of screening of application documents
    ※ The applicant MUST 1)completed the online application through the SNU admissions webpage 2)submitted his/her application documents through the applicant’s affiliated college
  • +Announcement of SNU Final Admissions Results
  • +Announcement of applicants who have passed the first level of screening of application documents (those who will go on to the interview held by the ‘SPF Selection Committee’
    ※ Announced by the SNU OIA
  • +Interview (held by the SNU OIA)
  • +Announcement of the final results of the SNU President Fellowship Program
※ Detailed deadlines, forms of SPF Application, Personal Statement and Study Plan, Recommendation Letters, etc. can be found on the SNU OIA website(
"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, Department of Korean Language Education
The invaluable support from SPF gives a great chance to all fellows to continue our study as professionals. Moreover, the evening Korean class helps us to know more Korean culture, tradition and behaviors. I highly appreciate OIA during my time in Korea.
Pham Ngoc Kien
College of Natural Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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.
College of Education, Department of Korean Language Education
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.
College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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.
School of Medicine
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
School of Medicine
I would like to express my gratitude for support through the Seoul National University President Fellowship. It is because of the help that I am able to focus on my studies and continue my dream. The miracle always come when we are constantly trying, I feel very lucky and proud to be a student at Seoul National University.
Hoang Viet Bach Khoa
Graduate School of Environmental Studies
It is such an honour for me to be selected as one of the SNU President Fellowship recipients, as this scholarship has given me the opportunity to study in Korea's most leading higher education institution. Addressing the purpose of this scholarship in sharing Korea's remarkable experiences of training human capital for national development, I sincerely hope that I could be the human capital that will continue contributing to the national development of Indonesia. Thank you SNU President Fellowship for the tremendous support on my academic journey in Korea.
Anggia Utami Dewi
College of Education, Department of Education
This is indeed the best scholarship you could get and feel release from the financial pressure. I advice all candidates to be fluent in Korean language or to first corroborate (Eg. syllabus in English but class in Korean) that there are enough courses taught in English to complete their programs. Interview with different professors to select the most suitable for your research papers.
Rene Sanchez
College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering
I really appreciate that SNU could offer such a generous scholarship to me. With the help of SNU, I could enjoy my study time here with less financial stress. And I will also make great efforts to continue my study here. I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of SPF scholarship. I am very thankful for your generosity and kindness that support me a lot to pursue my dream and academic goals at Seoul National University, College of Dentistry. Because of your scholarship, I hope to be able to serve the best in my future academic career. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous support.
Myint Kyaw Thu
School of Dentistry
SNU President Fellowship gave me a great chance to pursue my academic goals at the largest university in South Korea. Besides, I also recognize my responsibility to contribute to the development of our homeland. Thank you for the tremendous support from SPF and OIA.
College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thank you very much for the best scholarship and gratitude for the great opportunity. I am so proud to be a part of one of the great universities in the world.
Kittiphan Janbuala
College of Music, Department of Composition