Ph.D. holders with five years or less post-doctoral research experience or under the age of 40 (born no earlier than January 1, 1978) are eligible to apply. Full-time university faculty members are not eligible to apply as the fellowship is intended to serve as a stepping stone for young, promising scientists who could grow into professors or independent principal investigators at major universities and research institutes. Also, the current IBS employees are not eligible to apply.
You can still submit a letter of intent if you will be conferred with a Ph.D. degree by August 31, 2018. In this case, you should clearly state in the letter of intent the expected degree conferral date.
Yes. Though the principle in operating the Young Scientist Fellowship is that one IBS Center can have no more than one YSF, two or more YSFs are allowed with approval from the IBS President. Also, as the YSF is a separate program from the existing YS/SS program, researchers can apply for the Center of their choice regardless of the presence of YS/SS.
Only the researchers who are not working in the IBS Center by the time they submit a letter of intent are permitted to apply for the Young Scientist Fellowship. However, re-employment is not guaranteed if they are not selected as final YSFs.
If they are selected as the final YSF at HQ or Campus Centers, they must, in principle, conduct research as full-time IBS employees. Thus, they must take a leave of absence, work on secondment or resign from their posts upon appointment as YSF. If they are selected as the final YSFs at Extramural Centers, they may maintain their posts at their current affiliations. However, they are not allowed to participate in other research projects as they will be expected for 100% participation in their Young Scientist Fellowship projects. YSFs are allowed to apply for other projects during their employment term as YSFs only when their transfer to another affiliation is confirmed.
The YSF selection procedure is divided into three phases: 1. Letter of Intent Review; 2. Research Proposal Evaluation; 3. Interview & Comprehensive Evaluation. Only the candidates who pass each phase will be invited for the next phase. (In 2017, a total of 160 letters of intent were collected and 11 candidates were interviewed.)
Most importantly, candidates will be reviewed based on the originality and creativity of their proposed research. Other factors include whether the proposed research will produce synergistic effects in regards to the research of the IBS Center and whether the candidates have potential to grow into capable, independent researchers.
No. Researchers from any field can apply.
No. In principle, applicants can propose any research topic.
It depends on the capabilities of the applicants and the circumstances of IBS but about five fellows are planned to be selected in 2017. (In 2017, seven fellows were selected.)