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Young Scientist Awards

KAST administers various award programs to recognize and encourage scientists and engineers who have made outstanding achievements in scientific field.

KAST Science and Technology Awards

The awards are given to senior scholars who have made remarkable contributions to the development of science and technology, and have raised the status of the country internationally.

The awards, categorized into KAST Award for Academic Excellence and KAST Award of Merit, are aimed to encourage talented youths to purse careers in the fields of science and technology while creating an environment where scientists and engineers win the respect of the public.

The recipients are selected from among koreans residing in Korea or overseas, including those holding citizenship of foreign countries.

The winners are presented with a KAST Presidential certificate of merit and a prize money, approximately USD 42,000(KAST Award for Academic Excellence)or approximately USD 8,400(KAST Award of Merit).

Deokmyung-KAST Engineering Award

The award is given to outstanding engineers who have made remarkable research achievements and have been recognized from home and abroad. The recipients of the award are presented with a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 42,000.

The award was named after the pen name Deokmyung of Dr.Jin KyuHuh,Chairman of lljin Group, the sponsor of this award.

FILA Basic Science Award

The award is aimed at encouraging and raising the morale of the scholars in the field of basic science(mathematics, physics, chemistry, bioscience and geoscience)by awarding internationally-recognized individuals with a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 42,000.

Young Scientist Awards Young Scientist Awards are given to young scientists who have made excellent R&D achievements in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.

the awards aim at raising the morale of young scholar and encouraging them to become the leaders in the national science and technology in the 21st century.

the winners are presented with a presidential citation and a prize money of approximately USD 42,000.

Every year, the awards are given to four winners, each from four different groups (natural sciences in even-numbered years, engineering in odd-numbered years).

KAST-Hwandang Award for Medical&Pharmaceutical Sciences

The award is intended to encourage internationally recognized scientists working in the field of medical and pharmaceutical sciences.

The recipients of the annual award are selected from medical and pharmaceutical research field alternately.

A certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 25,000 are provided.

Daesang-KAST Food Science Award

The award is intended to encourage internationally recognized scholars in the field of food science.

The winners are presented with a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 17,000

Cargill-KAST Bioscience Award

The award is intended to encourage scholars with outstanding achievements in the field of agricultural bioscience.

The winners are granted a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 25,000.

S-OIL Outstanding Dissertation Awards

Sponsored by S-OIL Science Prodigy&Culture Foundation, the awards have been established to recognize outstanding young scientists and their advising professors based on their doctoral dissertations in their respective field of basic science(chemistry, physics, mathematics, bioscience and geoscience)and thereby to help them play a leading role in advancing the national science.
The awards, which are comprised of Grand Award and Excellent Award, go to the winners of each basic science field. The winners of the Grand Awards are presented with a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 25,000 for students or approximately USD 8,000 for their advisors. Also, the winners of the Excellence Awards are given a certificate of merit and a prize money of approximately USD 8,400 for students or approximately USD 4,200 for their advisors.
Meanwhile, S-OIL sponsors a number of award programs including S-OIL Leading Scientist of the Year Fellowship.