Deadline: December 13, 2020

Applications for the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Young Scientist Fellowship 2020 are now open. The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. They 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.

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


  • Annual budget of KRW 150–300 mil. 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).
  • Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results.
  • After physically relocated 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.


  • Applicant should be within 7 years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than January 1, 2013) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than January 1, 1980);
  • Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than February 28, 2021;
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the above criteria.


The application process involves these three phases:

  • Letter of Intent (approx. 3 pages)
    • Submission deadline: by December 13, 2020
    • Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    • Invitation to submit full proposals: by January 15, 2021
  • Research Proposal (approx. 10 pages)
    • Submission deadline: by February 14, 2021
    • Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    • Invitation for an on-site interview: by March 2021
  • Interview
    • On-site interview and presentation: in March 2021
    • Comprehensive review by evaluation panel chairs
    • Announcement of YSFs: by late April 2021

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For more information, visit Institute for Basic Science.

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