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[CLOSED] Second recruitment round of Participants in ArCS II Overseas Fellowship Program for 2021

***Application period is over.***

An objective of the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II) project is to encourage early career professionals to actively participate in researching various problems facing the Arctic through international discourse and international partnerships. The ArCS II project provides funding to support Japanese university and research institute graduate students, early career researchers and early career practitioners in industrial or governmental sectors for conducting research, field studies and other activities at industrial, academic and government institute overseas as well as participation of international conferences in order to advance research, business and international networking opportunities. Recruitment for short-, middle- and long-term program begins on 16 June 2021.

Examples of international conferences to be held in FY2021

*As of May 2021, including those online. Please check the latest information.

Application Period

2nd recruitment round
  [Application period]: 16 June 2021 – 15 July 2021 by 3 p.m.(JST)
  [Target program start dates]: early September 2021 – late March 2022

*If it becomes impossible to travel due to COVID-19, individual program will be cancelled, even if the applicants have already been selected.
Please confirm the latest COVID-19 information on your destination’s immigration restrictions and any activity limitations after entering the country from Japan.
Also, please check this program’s application guidelines for COVID-19 related information on visiting countries, costs covered, etc. in case of cancellation.

Framework

(1) Target fields

All fields related to the Arctic region.

(2) Eligible projects

Short-Term Program

  • Visit universities and/or research institutes focused on the Arctic research to conduct research activities (have discussions, exchange information, etc.) and/or conduct field work.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills by participating in international conferences/training courses and building networks.

* In FY2021, participation fees for international ONLINE conferences or events are supported.
*Researchers: when attending an international conference, you must give a presentation.

Middle- and Long-term Program

  1. Visit universities and/or research institutes focused on the Arctic research to conduct research activities (have discussions, exchange information, etc.) and/or conduct field work.
  2. Acquire knowledge and skills by participating in international conferences/training courses and building networks.

*① is essential, ② can be an added option
* In FY2021, participation fees for international ONLINE conferences or events are supported.
*Researchers: when attending an international conference, you must give a presentation.

(3) Program duration

Short-Term Program: In principle, up to 1 month
Middle- and Long- Term Program: In principle, one to six months

Number fellowships to be grants

Several positions are available for this program

Selection criteria and decision notification

The ArCS II Priority Subject 1 working group, “Capacity Building and Research Promotion”, assesses the applications and decides on the successful candidates. The results are sent by e-mail to the e-mail address on the application form approximately one month after the end of the application period.

Contact Information

c/o The person in charge of the ArCS II Overseas Fellowship Program
Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University
2F North Campus Integrated Research Center (the Frontier Research Center for Advanced Material and Life Science)
Nishi 11-chome, Kita 21-jo, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Postal code: 001-0021
E-Mail:

Summary of Short-Term program and Middle- and Long-Term program for FY2021

  Short-Term Program Middle- and Long-Term Program
Period of visits Up to one month One to six months
Target projects ① Visit universities and/or research institutes focused on the Arctic research to conduct research activities (have discussions, exchange information, etc.) and/or conduct field work.
② Acquire knowledge and skills by participating in international conferences/training courses and building networks.
*Middle- and Long-Term Program: ① is essential, ② can be an added option
*In FY2021, participation fees for international ONLINE conferences or events are supported.
*Researchers: when attending an international conference, you must give a presentation.
Eligibility Status (any one of the following)
① Master’s/Doctoral students from Japanese universities*1
② A researcher with a Master’s/Doctoral degree granted within 10 years as of 1 April 2021*2
③ A practitioner who belongs to a Japanese company, a Japanese governmental agency or an NPO (including self-employed individual, such as freelance journalist) and under 40 years old at the time of application
*1 Undergraduate/research students are eligible if they are in graduate school when the program starts.
*2 Within 10 years; excluding any periods of maternity/childcare leave.
Application documents ・Application form
・An itinerary and budget plan
・Graduate school student status certificate (Graduate students), Degree Certificate (Researchers) or Employment Certificate (open format)(Practitioner)
・Copies of documents showing residence status (resident card, special permanent resident certificate, etc.) *Only for foreign nationals.
・Documents showing an overview of your plan (such as a written consent of the host researcher, an observational plan, an abstract of your presentation, and outlines of conferences/courses)
・Information on the destination immigration restrictions and activity limitations for Japanese travellers (copy of the website from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, etc.). *If you need to take a PCR test, please submit a copy of the information.
・Application form
・Budget plan (together with documents that gives on overview of the conference, registration fees, PCR test expenses, etc.)
・Graduate school student status certificate (Graduate students), Degree Certificate (Researchers) or Employment Certificate (open format)(Practitioner)
・Copies of documents showing residence status (resident card, special permanent resident certificate, etc.) *Only for foreign nationals.
・Letter of acceptance (A written consent of the host researcher.)
・Host’s academic profile and academic achievements (open format)
・A roadmap of your research plan
・Information on the destination immigration restrictions and activity limitations for Japanese travellers (copy of the website from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, etc.). *If you need to take a PCR test, please submit a copy of the information.
Assessment criteria ・Suitability with the purpose of the ArCS II program
・Specific aim and research plan
・Preparation for the visit
・Validity of the budget
・Future prospects of the research/business
・Language skills
・Suitability with the purpose of the ArCS II program
・Specific aim and research plan
・Preparation for the visit
・Validity of the budget
・Future prospects of the research/business
・Language skills
・Experience and ability
・Past achievements
Participant obligations after the program ・Submit a detailed report
・Presentation of results *Participants will be requested to present their program research results in ArCS II meetings, such as general meetings.
・Participate in information exchange meetings
・Submit a detailed report
・Planning and management of the presentation sessions *Participants will be requested to organize and give talks on your research results in ArCS II meetings, such as general meetings.
・Participate in information exchange meetings