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Yonsei Frontier Program for Outstanding Scholars

1. Objective

  • a. Achieving the Yonsei Frontier Lab's founding objectives, such as new globalization in education and research, enhancing research performance, and raising international recognition
  • b. Contributing to the university's research capacity by inviting outstanding faculty scholars to create opportunities for international collaborative research and to publish joint authorship papers

2. Eligibility and conditions for funding

  • a. Applicant
    • 1) Full-time faculty member at the Sinchon/International campus
    • 2) Must be capable of collaborative research with the invited faculty scholar as the scholar's partner professor
  • b. Guest faculty
    • 1) Scholar with international academic authority and recognition, researchers at a foreign university or a research institution
  • c. Conditions for funding
    • 1) Length of stay: Must be in South Korea for a minimum of two weeks
    • 2) Period of application: Must apply at least three months before the expected period of visit
    • 3) Collaborative research: Must submit, as the product of funding, a paper that the guest faculty had jointly authored with the Yonsei partner professor

    The paper must be an article published in a JCR(Journal Citation Reports) Q1 Level Academic Journal specializing in the faculty member's research field


  • d. Note
    • 1) Multiple funding for a guest faculty's re-visit to the university is possible but additional documents must be submitted (further review as to the second trip's relatedness with the original visit, among others, will occur)
    • 2) It is strongly recommended that guest scholars conduct lectures (regardless of type such as seminars, workshops, special lectures) for undergraduate / graduate students during their stays.

3. Substance and period of funding

  • a. Total amount of funding
    • 1) $30,000 for three months (YFL's max annual funding for one person amounts to $30,000 equivalent to KRW 30,000,000)
    • 2) $10,000 for a month or modifications according to the Guest Scholar's period of stay or standard of academic achievement also possible
    • 3) The total amount of funding include fees for flight, accommodations, events, TA/RA labor cost, etc.

    The partner professor's research funding will be freely determined within the range of KRW 3,000,000 to 5,000,000


  • b. Period of funding(Period of stay):
    • Minimum of two weeks, maximum of one year (However, the department may provide additional funding from its own finances in cases of long-time residence exceeding three months)
  • 4. Process of application and required documents

    • a. Required documents
      • 1) Faculty applicant must submit: application, proposal for the guest faculty's visit (including budget expenditure statement)
      • 2) Guest faculty must submit: CV and research plan (including items for joint research)

    5. Method of selection and evaluation

    • a. 1st step of evaluation: Evaluation requirements
      • - Method of evaluation: Review whether the conditions of application have been met according to the application guidelines
    • b. 2nd step of evaluation: Comprehensive evaluation
      • 1) Submit to the YFL Selection Committee, additional data on the invited scholar's research capacity included
      • 2) Main points of evaluation
        • a) Evaluation of the guest faculty's research accomplishments and research proposal
        • b) The likelihood of joint research with the partner professor and the relevant department
        • c) The likelihood of producing conclusive results
    • c. Announcement of results :
      • within one month of submitting the initial application
    • d. Sign a letter of Intent :
      • Check the details of funding and requirements of result reporting for faculty applicant and guest faculty and then sign the a letter of Intent

    6. Payment and management

    • a. Total amount of funding
      • 1) Items that can be appropriated: flight, accommodations, events, TA/RA labor costs, research funding for guest faculty (e.g. lecture fees, research fund), partner professor's research funding
      • 2) The YFL will directly pay and balance fees for flight, accommodations and TA/RA work
      • 3) Funding for events will be provided if the department or lab host a relevant event, and it will be redirected as part of the department's budget, which will be executed by the department
      • 4) Research funding for the guest faculty or partner professor: YFL will provide payment after the final report is submitted after the guest faculty's departure

    7. Final report

    • a. Final report for visit
      • 1) Submitter: Yonsei faculty applicant and the guest scholar each write and submit a final report
      • 2) Period of submission: within 15 days of departure
      • 3) Required documents: 1 copy of the final report (form available)
    • b. Research results
      • 1) Submitting jointly authored papers: the Yonsei faculty applicant submits within 18 months after the assignment's termination
  • c. Possible sanctions
    • Yonsei faculty applicants who do not submit the visit final report will be subject to restrictions in receiving subsequent funding from the Office of Research's Research Promotion Programs for 3 years.

  • d. Indication of research results
    • Address of thanks unnecessary