Ph.D. holders with 7 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 1980) are eligible to apply. Full-time university faculty members are not eligible to apply as the YSF program 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. This year, current IBS researchers are allowed to apply.
Yes. Current IBS researchers who meet the above qualifications can apply. If they apply for the YSF program of their Center, they need written permission from their director. Such applicants need to download the Acknowledgement of YSF 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, support will be provided during the remaining term of their employment (up to three years).
No. You can still submit a letter of intent if you will be conferred with a Ph.D. degree by 31 August 2020. 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 recruiting Centers can apply.
Yes. In particular, when making a full 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 for 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 their Center, and the like.
The YSF selection procedure is divided into three phases: letter of intent evaluation, research proposal evaluation, and interview & comprehensive evaluation. Candidates will be invited to the next phase if they pass the previous phase. (In 2019, out of 82 letters of intent, 13 candidates were interviewed and six were finally selected as YSF researchers.)
If a candidate is coming from abroad for the interview, round-trip economy airfare and accommodation expenses of up to two nights will be provided.
From 2019, the number has been determined by surveys of Centers. In 2020, IBS will select 20 YSF researchers but the number may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.