Deadline: June 30, 2021

Applications for the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Young Scientist Fellowship 2021 are now open. 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. 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. They hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for their researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.


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


There are three phases of selection. The deadline for the first phase is June 30, 2021. Applicants who passed the first phase will be requested to submit an approximate 10-page full research proposal, up to three reference letters and presentation materials.

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For more information, visit IBS Fellowship.

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