Young Scientist Fellowship

No. of Position(s)


Research area

  • Mathematics
  • Theoretical physics
  • Experimental physics
  • Chemistry
  • Life sciences


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


KRW 60–70 Millions / Year

(~5,500,000 KRW/Month)


According to the research area/group

Contract period

Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results
※ When current IBS researchers are selected as a Young Scientist Fellow (YSF) of their Center, support will be offered for up to three years. Please refer to the FAQ for details.

Starting Date

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 canceled.


Talent Acquisition and Development Team 


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

Responsibilities/Job Description

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.

How to Apply?

Apply via the IBS website at http://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/apply by 13 December 2020 (KST)

Hiring Research Centers and Number of Openings

Research FieldCenterNo. of Position
(2 positions)
Discrete Mathematics Group1
Data Science Group1
Theoretical physics 
(2 positions)
Theoretical Physics of the Universe1
Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems1
Experimental physics 
(6 positions)
Correlated Electron Systems1
Underground Physics1
Axion and Precision Physics Research1
Quantum Nanoscience1
Exotic Nuclear Studies1
Relativistic Laser Science1
(1 position)
Multidimensional Carbon Materials1
Life sciences 
(2 positions)
Cognition and Sociality (Cognitive Glioscience Group)1
RNA Research1


  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
    ※ If successful candidates have been also selected for another institute’s research project (e.g. Sejong Science Fellowship, Young Researcher Program of National Research Foundation), their selection may be cancelled.

Selection Process (Three Phases)

Letter of Intent (approx. 3 pages)

  • Submission deadline: by 13 December 2020
  • Review by directors and evaluation panel members
  • Invitation to submit full proposals: by 15 January 2021

Research Proposal (approx. 10 pages)

  • Submission deadline: by 14 February 2021
  • Review by directors and evaluation panel members
  • Invitation for an on-site interview: by March 2021


  • On-site interview and presentation: in March 2021
  • Comprehensive review by evaluation panel chairs
  • Announcement of YSFs: by late April 2021

Purpose and Background

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.

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