The TJ Park Science Fellowship selects and supports young scientists, including graduates of doctoral studies, post-doctoral researchers, and young assistant professors who study and research basic science in a university or institution in Korea, not abroad, so that they can focus on their research in Korea with stability and a sense of pride, and grow into world-class scientists.

As global industrial structure increasingly focuses on science and technology, the standard of any country's competitiveness is its competence in basic science. Only when the basic scientific foundation is strong can original and innovative technologies be developed.
The value generated from innovative technologies contributes directly to a country's competitiveness, so the assertion that a solid foundation in basic science will decide our nation's future is undeniable.

Tae-Joon Park, the late chairman of POSCO, established POSCO in 1968 and led the company’s development as of one of the world's most admired steelmakers with his philosophy that patriotism is best realized througheㆍself-sufficient steelmaking.
Since the founding of the POSCO Educational Foundation in 1976, Chairman Park directed the company to provide quality education to residents in POSCO's operational locations through 12 schools. He continued his efforts to nurture talent and develop a solid foundation for scientific research by establishing the Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea's first science and technology research-oriented university, in 1986.

The POSCO TJ Park Foundation seeks to continue this 40-year tradition of 'Steel-making Patriotism' and establish a firm base in advanced science capabilities by providing direct assistance to scientific researchers through the TJ Park Science Scholarship.

The POSCO TJ Park Foundation will strive to ensure that the scholarship is eagerly sought after by Korea's gifted scientists. The Foundation will also commit itself to creating a social atmosphere that recognizes the importance of basic science and respects individuals committed to its pursuit, thereby enabling Korea to produce many world-renowned scientists including Nobel laureates


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