Republic of Korea

The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) became an IIASA National Member Organization in 2008, representing the Republic of Korea.

Map of Korea

Map of Korea

Since the Republic of Korea’s (Korea) membership of IIASA began in 2008, a range of research collaborations
and capacity building activities have been developed by IIASA and 18 Korean research partners. Studies have
explored green growth in Korea, global water challenges, and how to increase Korea’s resilience to extreme events among a range of other topics. Most of the research has also advanced Korean capacity to use and develop the tools of systems analysis such as building a Korean version of IIASA’s GAINS model that has helped governments across the globe to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective manner.

In addition, fourteen young Korean scientists have gained international and interdisciplinary research skills after winning places in IIASA’s programs for young scientists. These activities are complemented by significant scientific exchange with researchers either visiting Korea from IIASA or visiting IIASA from Korea over 180 times. However, significant potential remains to enhance the mutually beneficial relationship between IIASA and Korea through establishing new collaborations, new partnerships, and increasing capacity building activities. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of this expanding relationship since 2008. 

Opportunities for Korean Researchers and Korean Nationals at IIASA

Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)

The YSSP at IIASA offers fellowships for PhD students to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.  Applications for 2018 are now closed.                                          

Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.                                                                            

Employment   Opportunities

Currently IIASA employs approximately 170 scientific staff and 100 support staff. Preference for job applications is given to qualified applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.                             

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Last edited: 16 January 2018


National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)

Moo Je Cho

President, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)

National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)

Suk Lyung Shin

National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Centre for International Affairs


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