The Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Korean nationals who have received their doctoral degrees by Korean universities are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Biannually, the National Research Foundation of Korea provides funding for up to 24 months. Candidates have to apply to both NRF (on the NRF website) and IIASA.

© NRF Korea

© NRF Korea


1) Candidates are required to develop and submit a research proposal that interfaces their own research interests with the research agenda of one of the various activities pursued at IIASA. 

To find the program suitable for your research please view our research page. Once you have formulated a proposal we encourage you to contact the relevant program representatives

We suggest to look at the application form, frame the proposed according to the questions there, and then send an introductory e-mail. This is vital, not only to discuss research ideas and ascertain their relevance to IIASA but also to ensure more realistic research plans and expectations on the part of both IIASA and the applicant. 

2) Candidates should have held their PhD for less than five years at the application deadline. However, eligibility is extended under the following circumstances.


3) IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs. Also please note that the fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; please do not apply if you need to stay away from the institute for you research, or expect IIASA to fund field research.

4) Before applying please also have a look at our postdoctoral fellowship guidelines.

5) IIASA selection criteria:
Quality of the research
Novelty of the research
Candidate's merits
Cross-cutting potential

Important dates:

  • 2021 call is now closed, please keep checking our website for updates on a future call.
  • Results of the 2021 call will be announced mid June 2021
  • Selected candidates will be required to start the fellowship between September and December 2021


General questions should be directed to 

For questions related to the NRF Korea application procedure please contact:

Mr. Sungbeen Park

Researcher, International Exchange Programs Team

National Research Foundation of Korea


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Last edited: 02 June 2021


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Sungbeen Park

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