Program Information
· Program

Social Sciences Korea (SSK)

· Directorate

Directorate for Humanities & Social Sciences

· Program objective

Strengthen the academic independence of research in the social sciences and produce next-generation scientists through systematic support for academic research in the social sciences


Foster world-class think tanks that can respond to national and social changes, allowing them to forecast future changes in society and propose policies to solve social issues


Provide information on research trends in Korea and overseas in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, and develop researcher networks

· Program details
ProgramAreaEligibilityPeriodAnnual Funding*
Fostering outstanding research groupsSmall research teamAll social sciences areasFull-time university faculty and post-doc researchers**10 years(3+3+4)Up to KRW 100 million(up to USD 91 thousand)(excluding overhead cost)Up to KRW 100 million (USD 91 thousand), excluding overhead costs
Mid-sized research teamUp to KRW 230 million (USD 209 thousand), excluding overhead costs
Large research centerUp to KRW 450 million (USD 409 thousand), excluding overhead costs
Research group support (SSK-Networking and group for outcome dissemination and publicity)Researchers in the social sciences
3 yearsUp to KRW 270 million (USD 245 thousand), including overhead costs

* Including convergent humanities-social sciences fields

** Principal investigators must be full-time university faculty in the social sciences

*** approximation based on exchange rate of 1 USD = 1,100 KRW

· Contact

KEUM, Kyo Jin; Institute Programs in Humanities & Social Sciences (

· Project process

Fostering outstanding research groups: No new projects


Research group support

Apr. 2019
May 2019
Jun. 2019
Jul. 2019