Young Researchers’ Exchange Programme with Korea


Event details

Date 31.03.2023
Category Call for proposal

The main purpose of the programme is to foster and facilitate the direct exchange between South Korean and Swiss research groups and to enable the mobility of early-career researchers such as doctoral students.  With stays in a partner research group in South Korea or Switzerland, the researchers should be motivated to spend part of their later scientific career abroad while they are at the same time given the chance to learn a new technique or use some infrastructure directly relevant to their current research project.

Available funding:

NRF will cover fellowships for researchers from Switzerland, while the LH Asia will cover fellowships for researchers from South Korea.  It is expected that 9 fellowships from each side will be funded.

Budget for Swiss researchers going to South Korea (NRF)

NRF will provide the following support to Swiss fellows:
  • Maintenance allowance: KRW 2,500,000 a month for 3 months
  • International air ticket of max. KRW 2,500,000.
The duration of the stay in South Korea is limited to 3 months.

Budget for Korean researchers in Switzerland:

The Swiss side of the programme through the LH Asia at ETH Zurich will provide the following support to South Korean fellows:
  • Monthly allowance of CHF 2,500 for 3 months
  • International air ticket of max. CHF 2,000.
Deadline: 31 March 2023


The LH Asia invites doctoral students currently working in a research group at a Swiss university, university of applied sciences or public research institute to apply for a stay in a research group in South Korea.  In exceptional cases and with due justification Master's students and postdoctoral students are also eligible.

In parallel, early-career researchers from South Korea can apply to NRF for a stay in Switzerland.

Important to note:
  • Applicants of South Korean nationality cannot be considered for stays in South Korea.
Host researchers in South Korea must be full-time employed principal investigators at a university or research institute in South Korea.

How to Apply:

Switzerland-based applicants submit their application to the LH Asia.  The application must be written in English.

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2023

The submission of the application takes place in two compulsory steps:
  1. Submission of application details via the application form online.
  2. Upload application form with the requested appendices in one single pdf document via the application form online.
Further Information:

For more information on the Swiss side, please visit the specific Swiss-Korean young Researchers’ Exchange Programme page of the Leading House Asia

The S&T Office at the Embassy in Seoul hosts an informative meeting with 3 young researchers enrolled in the programme and currently in Korea that share their experiences and answer any questions you might have.
  • Date: 05 December 2022
  • Time: 9am CET
  • Registration: Sign up
  • Please note that this event is organized by the S&T Office and not directly by the Leading House Asia.

Please contact the Research Office if you have EPFL related questions or concerns.