Funded Independent Research for Ph.D. Holders in the Institute for Basic science (IBS) Young Scientist Fellowship 2020

Join the IBS Young Scientist Fellowship to be a part of making innovative Discoveries for Humanity and Society through funded independent research of your own.

Selected Scientists will be granted the opportunity to conduct independent research by utilizing world-class infrastructure and conduct research collaborations with leading researchers.

Application Deadline: 13th December, 2020. 


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With being granted an appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results, successful candidates in the program will have access to 

  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle. 
  • Apply for an annual grant budget of KRW 150–300 million per year, including salary of KRW 60–70 mil. (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields)


To be eligible for application for this award, individuals must – 

  • Be within 7 years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2013) 
  • Be under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1980). 


  • Full-time university faculty members are not eligible to apply since the Fellowship is intended to serve as a stepping stone for young, promising scientists who could grow into professors or independent principal investigators (PIs) at major universities and research institutes.
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the stipulated criteria.
  • Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than 28 February 2021.
  •  If successful candidates have also been selected for another institute’s research project (e.g. Sejong Science Fellowship, Young Researcher Program of National Research Foundation), their selection may be cancelled.
  • After physically relocating to one of the IBS Centers, YSFs will conduct independent research by utilizing research facilities and equipment of the Center. 

YSFs may organize a small research group.

  • Selected YSFs must be appointed and commence their research within 2021.

If their appointment and research commencement processes are not completed within 2021, their selection may be cancelled.

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Application Instructions

  • Refer to the FAQs for details on the program.
  • Click here to apply. 

About the Institute for Basic science (IBS) Young Scientist Fellowship

Founded in 2011 by the Korean government, with a vision to Make Discoveries for Humanity and Society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) seeks to promote basic science in Korea. 

Launched in 2016, The IBS “Young Scientist Fellowship” aims to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders.

The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship is a scheme to foster the next generation of research leaders. 

The Fellowship supports junior researchers so that they can conduct research independently. Young Scientist Fellows (YSFs) are researchers who are selected for the Fellowship and run a small research group within an IBS Center.

The Fellowship seeks to serve as a stepping stone for its researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications must be submitted by 13th December 2020 in order to be considered.

By 15th January 2021, Invitation to submit full proposals will be sent. Research Proposal must be approximately 10 pages. 

Submission deadline for proposals is 14th February 2021. 

Invitation for an on-site interview will be by March 2021. 

On-site interview and presentation will take place in March 2021. 

YSFs will be announced by late April 2021. 

Applications will be comprehensively reviewed by evaluation panel chairs. 

The Selection Process will take place in three phases. 

Applicants will be comprehensively reviewed based on their capabilities as a researcher, excellence and appropriateness of their research proposal, collaboration potential with the Center, and the like.

79-80 IBS researchers will be  selected as a Young Scientist Fellow (YSF) of their Center, and support will be offered for up to three years.

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