IBS Young Scientist Fellowship South Korea 2021-2022

IBS Young Scientist Fellowships 2021-2022

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IBS Young Scientist Fellowship:

With the vision of “Making discoveries for humanity and society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was founded in 2011 by the Korean government to promote basic science in Korea. To date, IBS has 31 Research Centers and each Center has been yielding outstanding results in various research fields.

The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. We believe; this Fellowship offers junior scientists opportunities, to conduct independent research by utilizing state-of-the-art infrastructure and to grow on the basis of research collaborations with leading researchers.

We hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for our researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.


The Institute for Basic Science (IBS)

Degree Level:

Research Graduates & PhDs

Area of Research:

Mathematics, Physics, Nuclear Studies, Nano Science, Neuro Science, Data Science


All Nationalities

Fellowship Award:

Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
During the Fellowship term, secondment, joint employment and applying for projects funded by sources outside IBS are not allowed for Young Scientist Fellows (YSFs).

Annual fund of KRW 150–300 mil. per year (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields), including salary of KRW 60–70 mil.

Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results.


  • Within seven years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2014) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1981)
    Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than 31 August 2021.
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the above criteria.

Application Procedure

  • First phase: Letter of intent (approx. three pages) acceptance and evaluation
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by 30 June 2021
    2. 2. Review of each letter of intent by the director and the selection and evaluation panel concerned
    3. 3. Invitation to submit full research proposals: by Late July 2021
      Applicants who passed the 1st phase will be requested to submit an approx. 10-page full research proposal, up to three reference letters and presentation materials.
  • Second phase: Full research proposal acceptance and in-depth evaluation
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by Late August 2021
    2. 2. Review of each full proposal and reference letter by the director concerned
    3. 3. Interview (on-site presentation) by the selection and evaluation panel concerned: by Late September 2021
      If candidates reside abroad or have difficulty attending on site, the evaluation will be held via video conference.
  • Third phase: Comprehensive evaluation and notification of the results
    1. 1. Comprehensive evaluation by panel chairs
    2. 2. Final selection and notification of the results: by Late October 2021

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Application Deadline:

30 June 2021

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