• University faculty or researcher at a research institute in the following countries: China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan (subject to change)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a doctorate degree and be capable of conducting research in English.
  • Korean nationals and individuals already conducting research in Korea are not eligible.

Research Fields

  • Humanities/Social Sciences

    Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Communication, Geography, History, Philosophy, Literature.

  • Information Technology

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Engineering.

  • Life Sciences

    Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Ecology, Immunology, Genetic Engineering.

  • Energy

Application Process

Apply Guidelines
Check Eligibility Apply Online Undergo Application Review
Receive Temporary Password Fill Out Application Submit Supplementary Documents
  • Check Eligibility

    Make sure that you meet all the requirements before applying.

  • Fill Out Application Online
  • Receive Temporary Password

    Receive temporary password that can only be used during the application period (temporary password can be modified).

  • Fill Out Application

    Fill out application and submit a research proposal.

  • Submit Supplementary Documents

    Upload required documents and request recommendation letters.

  • Undergo Application Review

    Review process includes 1) review of research field and 2) overall review.

  • ※ If you have received confirmation from the host institution in Korea, please attach the host-agreement letter when applying. Once accepted, you must contact the scholar from the host institution and receive the institution's formal confirmation.

Application Deadline

  • Submission : Early November – Mid February
  • Result : Late March

Financial Support

  • Research Grant (includes living expenses) : Monthly stipend of 3,500,000 KRW
  • Publication (one time payment) : 1,000,000 KRW (following the submission of final research report)
  • Publication Incentives : 2,000~5,000 USD (if published in SSCI-, AHCI-, or SCI-indexed journals), 1,000 USD (if published in the National Research Foundation of Korea-indexed journals)
  • Settlement Expenses (one time payment) : 1,000,000 KRW
  • Round-trip Airfare (economy class), Medical Insurance
  • ※ Publication incentive will be provided for articles published within 2 years of the date of the Fellow's return to his/her country. The article must indicate that the research was funded by the ISEF program. Incentives may vary depending on the journal's influence and the writer's level of contribution.
  • ※ Research grant will be provided upon the condition of the Fellow arriving in Seoul within a month of the suggested arrival date.

Research Period

  • 1 Year : Sept. 1 – Aug. 31 of the fellowship grant year.
  • 6 Months : Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 or Mar. 1 – Aug. 31 of the fellowship grant year.

Fellowship Requirement

  • Produce interim progress reports and a final research report.


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