SNU President Fellowship (SPF)

Semestre de Otoño 2021


1.  Overview

Recognizing its global social responsibility, Seoul National University launched the 「SNU President Fellowship」 to provide opportunities to faculty members of major universities in developing countries of Asia to pursue Ph.D. degrees at SNU. Based on the recognition that the main driver for national development of Korea has been its human capital, Korea is now responsible to share its experiences with other developing nations.


2.  Details of the Award


A recipient of SPF will be awarded the following for the first three years of their program:

  • Full tuition fees
  • KRW 1,500,000~2,000,000 monthly stipend for 3~4 years*
  • A round-trip airfare
  • Korean language training
  • Medical Insurance 

* All doctoral programs at Seoul National University have an established length of time for the completion of a doctoral

program (called Normative Time) which is usually three years. Recipients can select between the option of receiving a monthly stipend of KRW 2,000,000 for 3 years, or KRW 1,500,000 for 4 years (if the recipient expects that it would be difficult to complete his/her degree in three years)

3.  Eligibility

An applicant must be BOTH:

  • a faculty of major universities WITHOUT PD. degree from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America etc.
  • admitted and/or enrolled to SNU as Ph.D. student for the Fall 2021 Semester

Selection priority will be given to faculty members from major universities in developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America etc.

4.  Research Areas

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, Korean studies, etc.

5.  SPF Application Timeline for 2021 Fall Semester

1) Admission to Seoul National University

Online Application


Announcement of Final Admissions Results

March 2(Tue) ~ Mar. 11 (Thu) 2021, 17:00 KST

After 17:00, June 18(Fri), 2021

After receiving an acceptance letter from Seoul National University

2)Application to SPF Scholarship


Application and Submission of Documents to the recipient’s

affiliated college / department

June 30 (Wed), 2021, 18:00

Application documents from college/department offices to the SNU

Office of International Affairs

 July 7(Wed), 2021


During July 2021

Announcement of final results

July, 2021

Note: All application and evidentiary documents must be submitted by the applicants affiliated college on behalf of students to the Office of International Affairs. Direct submission from individual students are not allowed.

6.  Documents required for SFP

  • SPF Fall 2021 application form (including study plan)
  • certificate of Employment (as a faculty member)
  • transcript and graduation certificate (for both undergraduate and master’s degree)
  • recommendation Letter from the Dean of affiliated College at SNU
  • Video Link(research and teaching achievements, study plan, goals after graduation)
    • Students could submit their video files using the specified method( through Vimeo, YouTube)
    • Presentations are limited to 5 minutes and applicants exceeding 5 minutes are
  • Candidates with a recommendation letter from the Dean or President of your current university(optional, extra points)

7. Attachments 

8.  Contact Information

  • Tel:    +82-2-880-2519
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