The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship is a program to foster the next generation of research leaders. The Fellowship supports junior researchers so that they can conduct independent research. Young Scientist Fellows (YSFs) are researchers who are selected for the Fellowship and run a small research group utilizing state of the art research infrastructure of IBS Research Centers.
Ph.D. holders with seven years or less postdoctoral research experience (degrees obtained no earlier than 1 January 2014) or under the age of 40 (born no earlier than 1 January 1981) are eligible to apply. 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 have a potential to become a professor or a leading researcher at a major domestic or overseas university or research institute, respectively.
Yes. Current IBS researchers who meet the above qualifications can apply. If they apply for the Fellowship of their Center, they need to obtain permission from their director. Such applicants are required to download the Acknowledgement of Application Submission form from the IBS website and submit it along with the letter of intent. This is not the case with IBS researchers who apply to other Centers. When IBS researchers are selected as YSFs of their Center, they can perform research for up to three years.
No. You can still submit a letter of intent if you will be conferred with a Ph.D. degree by 28 February 2022. In this case, you should clearly state the expected degree conferral date in the letter of intent.
No. Researchers from any field relevant to the hiring Centers can apply.
No. Researchers from theoretical fields can apply to Centers categorized as experimental field Centers (experimental physics, chemistry, life sciences and interdisciplinary). However, when a researcher is selected as a theoretical field YSF of a Center in an experimental field, annual research fund of up to KRW 150 million is provided.
Yes. In particular, when making a full research proposal, those who passed the 1st phase (letter of intent evaluation) need to contact the director of the Center of their choice and have discussions on organization and operation of a research group, use of research facilities/equipment and the like. Those who have applied to more than one Center in the letter of intent need to choose one when writing a full proposal.
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.
The selection process will take place as follows, but the schedule may change depending on the circumstances of IBS:
IBS plans to select new YSFs every year, but the final number of selections may change depending on the budget and other circumstances of IBS. In 2020, 14 researchers were selected through two rounds of YSF selection.