The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has handed Aminath Nashida from the Maldives the opportunity to study at Seoul National University.
She will form part of the Dream Together study programme in the South Korean capital.
This aims to promote global development by training people to lead sport in underdeveloped countries.
World-class education is provided for future sporting leaders, with global networking a key part of proceedings.
It is hoped that sport will be improved in countries like the Maldives at both national and international level.
Nashida was selected after a competitive process carried out by ANOC and the university.
Her prize is a fully-funded scholarship and she departed for Seoul earlier this month.
She will study there for two years and aim to achieve a masters qualification at the end.
“Maldives Olympic Committee (MOC) congratulates Mrs Aminath Nashida on her selection and looks forward to her making a major contribution to the development of sport in the Maldives on the completion of the course,” a statement read.
Mohamed Shaweed returned as MOC President in May.
Four athletes represented the island nation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.
Hassan Saaid won his heat in the men’s 100 metres but then exited after finishing last in his quarter-final.
Fellow athlete Afa Ismail failed to progress from her heat in the women’s 200m.
Two swimmers, Ibrahim Nishwan and Aminath Shajan, also failed to progress from their heats.
They competed in the men’s 50 metres freestyle and women’s 100m freestyle respectively.
Maldives has sent athletes to every edition of the Summer Olympics since Seoul 1998.
They have yet to win a medal.
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