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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 : Within the admissions application period (Online SPF application should be done through SNU Office of Admissions Website
  • 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 Korean language training(only evening class during spring/fall semesters)
Medical Insurance National Health Insurance reimbursement (only for an awardee)
Airfare Round trip A round-trip airfare(economy class based on GTR system)

The scholarship is renewable up to a maximum six(6) semesters, contingent upon the recipient maintaining a minimum term GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship recipients must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA for graduates at the end of each semester to continue eligibility.

Note about Airfare

– Entry to Korea: An economy class flight ticket from scholar’s home country to Korea
– Return: An economy class flight ticket from Korea to scholar’s home country
– Entry flight ticket will NOT be provided to scholars who have resided in Korea at the time of accepting to this program and up until the designated arrival period.
– The return flight ticket is only offered to scholars who successfully complete their degree coursework.
– The return flight is NOT offered to those who have withdrawn from the scholarship in the middle of their studies.
– Any fees domestic travel fees within a scholar’s home country are NOT covered.
– International travel insurance or any additional travel charge is NOT covered.

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

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
Kittiphan Janbuala
College of Music, department of composition
SNU President Fellowship (SPF)

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 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2021)
SNU President Fellowship (Fall 2017 - Spring 2020)

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
Myint Kyaw Thu
College of Dentistry (Spring 2020 ~ Fall 2023)
SPF scholarship (Spring 2020 ~ Fall 2023)

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
Rene Sanchez
College of Engineering/Department of Industrial Engineering (Spring 2019~currently)
SNU Presidential Fellowship

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
Anggia Utami Dewi
Department of Education, Spring 2019-Spring 2022
SNU Presidential Fellowship(Spring 2019-Spring 2022)

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
Hoang Viet Bach Khoa
Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Spring 2017- Spring 2021)
SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

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

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.

College of Medicine
SNU President Fellowship (Fall 2018~ Spring 2021)

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 Electrical and Computer Engineering (Fall 2018 ~ Spring 2021)
SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Fall 2018 ~ Spring 2021)

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/Korean Language Education Department (Fall2018~Spring2021)
SNU President Fellowship(SPF) (Fall2018~Spring2021)

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
Pham Ngoc Kien
Natural Sciences, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Fall 2018)
SPF Fall 2018

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