WISET promotes a support program for the women returning from career breaks in STEM and R&D through the assistance by the Ministry of Science and ICT. Matching women with career breaks in STEM with research institutions, WISET supports their return to research fields and their growth to be professional researchers.

To support women in STEM whose careers have been cut due to pregnancy, childbirth, child care, and caring for family members, returning to R&D fields by matching them with research institutions.
1) Women on career break
2) Research Institutions
※ Women on career break: Master or Ph.D in STEM majors(or equivalent qualifications) with a career break due to pregnancy, maternity-leave, childcare and family care.
1) Support Women on career break in STEM
Program Benefits
Assist matching and grants to participate in R&D projects in STEM fields
Provide education&training programs to reinforce R&D competency
Assist a consultation to overcome difficulties after returning to field (work-life balance, career development, etc)
Form mentoring networks to share experience and knowhow between senior and junior researchers
Qualifications for application
Person with an academic degree above Master’s (or equivalent degree) in STEM
Women on career break or unemployment due to pregnancy, childbirth, child care, and caring of family members
As of the program application date, a person who has not subscribed the unemployment insurance
(excluding part-time lecturer, daily job)
2) Support for Research Institutions
Program Benefits
Assist research costs such as a labor cost as a response to recruitment of Women on career break
Amount: Maximum 20 million Korean won (approx. 18,200 U.S. dollars) for each person
Period: 12 months annually up to maximum 3 years
※ Depending on the yearly performance evaluation, reconsidered the continuous assistance
Provide a consulting program
Qualification for application
Research institutions in STEM fields (research institutions contributed by the government, run by private company and in university, etc)
Conditions for application
Mandatory payment requirements for more than 30% of government assistance
Mandatory basic assistance (4 major social insurances and severance pay) when recruiting female returners
Private company must have auxiliary research center and exclusive department of R&D
Achievement of 100 career return researcheres(2012-2015)
Career maintenance degree of participants after the termination of assistance(2015)

From the survey result for the career status of beneficiary after the termination of three year assistance, participants have managed high career maintenance and successful career settlement. This is possible because she returns to the professional field that can revive previous professionalism and career. Beneficiaries have also shown self accomplishment and satisfaction in their works after their return.

Expansion of demands of program and assistance

As a project to foster talented women in STEM fields by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, WISET assists an integrated research in engineering field to help female graduate students majoring in engineering, growing into excellent researchers in science and engineering.

To support a research project together with professors in colleges and a group of female mentors in industry by creating a research team
One female Master's or PhD student in Graduate School of Engineering
1. General Course
1) Beneficiaries : One female Master’s or PhD student in Graduate School of Engineering
※ Composition of joint research team
graduate student (general responsibility), 2 female undergraduate students in STEM , 4 female middle & high school students, supervising professor (graduate school), and female mentor in industry (female engineer)
2) Benefits: Assists research fund of 5.5 million Korean won for each team
3) Academic Society Participation and Research Topics
AIK (Architectural Institute of Korea)
KSCE (Korean Society of Civil Engineering)
KIM (Korean Institute of Metals & Materials)
KSME (Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers)
KSBB (Korean Society for Biotechnology & Bioengineering)
KICHE (Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers)
IEIE (Institute of Electronics & Information Engineers)
KISE (Korean Institute of Information Scientists & Engineers)
4) Scale of Support: 100 teams nationwide
5) Research Period: 6 months
2. Intensive Course
1) Beneficiaries: One excellent female Master's or PhD student in Graduate School of Engineering
※ Composition of joint research team
graduate student (general responsibility), 4 female undergraduate students in STEM, supervising professor (graduate school), and female mentor in industry (female engineer)
※ Excellent Female Graduate Student Standard (more than one criteria Satisfied)
  • 1. Female student who has published thesis in internationally acknowledged academic journal
  • 2. Female student who has presented excellent thesis and received the award from relevant academic society
  • 3. Female student who has submitted excellent thesis or invention and received the award from domestic or international science & engineering thesis competition or science & engineering competition
  • 4. Female student of excellent grades whom the head of Science & Engineering Department has recommended
2) Benefits : Assist research fund of 6.5 million won for each team
3) Research Topics
  • Bioengineering, Foods Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering, Environment
  • Electric, Electronic, Semi-conductor
  • Architecture, Civil Engineering
  • Machines, Materials, Ship
  • Data processing, Computer
4) Scale of Support : 50 teams nationwide
5) Research Period: 7 months
State of Beneficiaries in Program Participation
Research Performances by Beneficiaries (2015)
Program Participation Achievemenet
Based on "Follow-up survey of participants in 2013" (conducted in 2016)

WISET fosters talented females by assisting their interests, potential and professionalism in STEM field to grow into active and capable professionals beyond stereotypes and prejudices

To cultivate and nurture outstanding female talented students in STEM
To strengthen women's specialism and competitiveness in their academic and career field
To promote the status and contributions of women in Korean society
1) Mentors
  • Woman working in company, research center or college in STEM field
  • Undergraduate(graduate) female student majoring in STEM
  • Woman who wishes to share her own experience and talent for the growth of mentee’s capacity
2) Mentees
  • Female middle & high school students who have interest in STEM field
  • Female undergraduate (graduate) student majoring in STEM
  • Female worker who is in the initial period of career in STEM
WISET Mentoring Program by Number
  • 3,202

    Online Mentoring:
    3,202 mentors
    and 11,400 mentees
  • 44

    Major Exploration Mentoring:
    44 schools,
    696 mentors & mentees
  • 21

    Career Path Mentoring:
    21 institutions,
    421 mentors & mentees
In 2016, 11,400 mentees and 3,202mentors participated in WISET Mentoring

Since 2006, WISET has been operating 'Support for Research Travel Grants' to assist temporary PhD level female workers, scientists, and engineers with grants for presentation in international academic society and training courses.

To enhance research capacity and build network for women in STEM
To strengthen their competitiveness at the internatioanl level
Female science Ph.Ds in temporary positions in public and private sector
  • Priority is placed on those disadvantaged due to career break in order to prevent the exodus of women in STEM
  • Female scientists in temporary R&D positions lack opportunities to participate in international STEM conferences and training courses in abroad
  • In addition, these women face difficulties in accessing research networking activities with other scientists
Travel grant, transportation, daily allowance & registration fee for overseas research activities
  • STEM conferences: up to 3 million Korean Won
  • Overseas training courses(more than 3 weeks) up to 5 million Korean Won

Career Development Assessment of Beneficiaries

Major and Workplace of Respondents
Program Benefits
Impact of program participation on career development
Pre and post program evaluation surveys and benefit
Excellent cases by Support for Research Travel Grants
Program Achievement

WISET provides customized start-up supports considering tendency, patterns of behavior, strengths and conditions of women based on expertise in engineering and ICT to improve women's awareness to start-up, enhance competencies and creates basis for start-ups to ultimately induce successful start-ups and promote start-ups of women with science and technology background

To create positive social cultural atmosphere on start-ups of women with science and technology background and reinforce their start-up competency by assisting in materialization of start-up plan such as establishing business model and developing and commercializing start-up ideas.
To assist in early settlement and entry basis into overseas markets of women start-ups through continuous and customized support according to start-up phase and demand such as providing professional consulting by sector, recommending and providing external start-up support programs, globalization of business model and providing office space to identified women start-ups.
Women (preliminary) start-up owners/teams with business ideas in science technology and ICT
Major Programs
1) Start-up Awareness Promotion Education
  • Lectures on ICT start-up trend
  • Lectures by former start-up owners
  • Individual idea pitch
  • Networking by sector
2) Start-up Practical Education
Intensive start-up practical education and practice
How to write BM campus
Design Thinking
How to promote start-up
3) Start-up Competition
  • Hold start-up competition
  • Evaluation and award
4) Consulting and Assistance
  • Provide office space
  • Provide follow-up start-up mentoring
  • Recommend and provide external start-up support programs
Major Start-up Ideas of Participants
Major Start-up Ideas of Participants
Year Team Idea
‘14 2014 SIZU Customized size platform on user DB that guides through clothing size by brand to help buyers
Wat Education platform that helps customized information sharing between users using educational video
‘15 2015 Eggbun Education Educational mobile application offering way of studying foreign languages in fun and easy way anywhere in the world by chatting with AI
Wireless Dream Small flexible CPW antenna for UWB featuring quasi mobius strip, metal and graphic based complex material
Mom School Platform offering professional knowledge in pregnancy, maternity and childcare whenever wherever you are
Major Start-up Cases
Major Start-up Cases
Company Business Item Major Activity
e-Nomad 'Creating new culture from flowing water' Portable hydroelectric generator, 'Estream' that generates electricity by using flowing water after easily installing in rivers, streams and valleys Homepage : www.energynomad.com
  • Participated in 2014 WISET Startup Springboard Implemented 2014 'Cheonggyecheon Smart Power Station' project
  • Established US corporation in June 2016
  • Invested by 'Kickstarter', a US social crowd funding platform in 2016
  • 'Estream' to be launched in February 2017
Onuii 'Top mathematics questioning mobile application in Korea' Mathematics edutech service offering real time questions and answers to tutors anytime anywhere from middle or high school students on monthly membership Homepage: onuii.com
  • Participated in 2015 WISET Startup Springboard Launched 'Onuii' mobile application in March 2016
  • Participated in '1st Game of Life', a fostering program by D.CAMP co-working space in 2016 Attracted primer investment in 2016 and sales tripled
  • Membership reached 64,000, accumulated questions and answers reached 100,000 cases and monthly sales reached KRW 10 million (in 7 months after launch)

This program, designed for women hoping to continue their careers in STEM fields , lowers the entry barrier for women in STEM fields by supporting their advancement into promising future fields with lifelong career design to ultimately reinforce employment competitiveness of talented women in science and technology field by improving employment competency and designing career path.

To help unemployed or career-interrupted women scientists and engineers and precarious workforces without permanent contracts to regain employment or establish new businesses in the fields of science, engineering, and technology
Women in STEM field with qualifications in science, engineering and technology, currently in non-employment state, career break or non-regular employment expecting termination of contract
Major Programs
1)Job Training : Provides education courses for Specialty
  • Science Communicator/Creative Experiment Instructor
  • Professionals of Intellectual Property Investigation
  • Employment Competency Reinforcement Program
2) Academy : Provides several education courses for women in STEM
  • Education for Gendered Innovation in Research Activity(Young Women in STEM)
  • Career Education for Work-Life Balance((Pre-)Returner
  • Education for Awareness of Male-Female Characteristics
  • Education for Making Research Career as a Female Researcher
3) Job Matching :
  • Job Fair and Job Meeting Day
  • Online employment information : Provides recruiting Information via wedodream.net
Course for Fostering SC(Science Communicator) Creative Experiment Instructor
Training aimed at fostering science communicator capable of easily delivering and comprehending science to general public
Characteristics of course
  • Grant qualification to sit private certification test for SC creative experiment instructor
  • Present WISET award for excellent team project (scientific experiment)
Education program (12 lectures, 36 hours)
  • Introduction to elementary education course / designing experiments and developing teaching materials / creative science education and TEAM Ⅰ·Ⅱ / scientific storytelling using audiovisual materials / creative scientific experimental practice and team project /incumbent mentoring / freelancer marketing, etc.
Course for Fostering Technological Convergence SW Professionals
Education course aimed to provide women in science and technology field the opportunity to enter new jobs such as SW science service sector by utilizing basic SW language and teaching tools
Characteristics of course
  • Provide various follow-up programs to students to develop SW competencies (e.g. club activities, production of program plans, etc.)
  • Give qualification to sit private certification test for SC creative experiment instructor
Education program (15 lectures, 45 hours)
  • SW education and teaching materials (entry, etc.) / education designing method
  • Task and scenario evaluation
Education for Employment Support in IP R&D
Establish R&D strategy based on intellectual property / Assist (re)employment and career development in IP R&D sector through education
Characteristics of course
  • Jointly operated with 'Korea Intellectual Property Strategy Agency', a public institution under the Korea Intellectual Property Office - specializing in intellectual property strategy
  • Implement team project for entering IP contest (award by director of Korea Intellectual Property Office)
Education program (8 lectures, 24 hours)
  • R&D, planning and establishing strategy for intellectual property / commercialization consulting / market and environmental analysis / ideation for patent analysis
(Major specialized) Education for Employment Support for Patent Engineers
Education for assisting job entry as patent specifier capable of building life-long career path based on professional knowledge
Characteristics of course
  • Customized lectures for major fields and nomination of trainee
  • Special career building lectures by incumbents
Education program (7 lectures, 25 hours)
  • Summary of patent application / Introduction to patent specification / How to search patent information / Practice to write specification / Summary of screening and measures
Education for Reinforcing Employment Competencies
Program aimed for improving employment competency and competitiveness through realistic education necessary for employment
Characteristics of course
  • Customized design for trainees to support employment
  • Provide basic preparatory materials for employment
Education program (4 hours per lecture, 3-5 times a year)
  • Documentation skill education: Editing/consulting on CV and cover letter
  • Job interview skill education: Simulated job interviews/feedback, etc.
  • Simulated (individual) job interview and career consulting in relevant field
  • Special lectures in areas of interest by incumbents
Job Portal for Talented Women in STEM fields
Employment information
  • Provide information on companies, universities and research institutes in science and technology field
  • Provide information on companies in science and technology field
  • University (graduate school) students in science, engineering and technology field, women on career break due to marriage and - birth, or incumbent women in science and technology field seeking employment or career move
Policy and political information
  • Introduce policies/political information for women in science and technology field
  • Provide list of institutions in policies such as family-friendly certification or employment target policy
Talent personnel information
  • Provide information of talented personnel seeking job in science, engineering and technology field
  • Customized search for talented personnel by job applicant CV, job category, region or experience
Latest news and education information
  • Provide information on nationwide employment fairs
  • Provide latest news on employment in science, engineering and technology field
  • Provide WISET academy education information for job search process
Job Matching Program
Operation and management of WE Do Dream (As of October 2016)
  • Database for recruiting institutions: 392
  • Database for employing institutions: 770
  • Provision of recruitment information: 1,372
Provide employment information and opportunity by holding employment fairs and operating booths
  • 2 jointly hosted fairs (KB Good Job Fair / Korea Fair)
  • Operate employment fairs by job category, region and target (Bio Job Fair / Daejeon Fair / Gyeongbuk Andong Fair / Restart Job Fair / - Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology Youth Employment and Startup Fair / Seoul Women Job Fair, etc.)
Employment Consultation
Case of Employment Consultation to New Applicant
  • Q:I'd like to find out what companies are available for graduates with science, engineering and technology major and any information on women-friendly company atmosphere and wage standard. (University student, age 24)
  • A:You can find useful information from 'We Do Dream (wedodream.net) where you can view in a glance the employment information for women with science, engineering and technology background. You can find employment information by companies, universities and research institutions in science and technology field as well as policies related with family-friendly institutions and institutions participating in women science technology employment target policy. You can also find latest news and trends related with employment in STEM field.
Case of Employment Consultation to Returning Experienced Applicant
  • Q : I'm a career interrupted woman in my 50s. After majoring in physics at university, I have worked at a university and research institution. What can I do to return to workplace in my professional field? (Job applicant seeking to return, age 52)
  • A : WISET employment assistance team has deputed to Seoul Job Center for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Job consultation, occupational training, and job connected service are available to those seeking to return. Occupational training include 'Pharmaceutical bio quality/molecular diagnosis professional manpower fostering course', and 'R&D task managing administrator fostering course'.