Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II) project invites applications for their International Early Career Researchers Program.

As a priority program of the ArCS II project, this call for applications invites a wide range of International Early Career Researchers from the Arctic and non-Arctic countries who are engaged in Arctic research and supports their research, by providing financial support for mid- to long-term travel and stay at universities and research institutions in Japan. At the same time, this project aims to revitalize mutual exchange between Arctic researchers in Japan and early career researchers overseas and strengthen the cooperative system for international joint research.

All research fields related to the Arctic region, including natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and medical sciences, are eligible.

In this call for applications, the International Early Career Researchers are referred to as “Candidates,” the researchers who will supervise and collaborate with the Candidates in Japan as “Host Researchers,” and the organizations to which the Candidates will belong in Japan and to which the Host Researchers belong as “Host Institutions.” The application must be filed by the Host Researcher and must be a full-time researcher at the Host Institution who can accept the Candidate continuously and responsibly for the duration of the Candidate's stay.

Requirements for Candidates

  • Must be a National of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan (Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers shall be treated as equally eligible). Japanese nationals and foreigners with permanent resident status in Japan are not eligible; and
  • Must hold a doctoral degree that was earned less than 10 years ago at the time of application or, in the case of those who have taken maternity leave after earning a doctorate degree, those who have been in possession of their doctorate degree for less than 10 years, with the period of maternity and child-care leave deducted; or those who expect to obtain a doctoral degree before the applied program starts.

If a Candidate who was in the process of obtaining a doctoral degree at the time of application is selected for the program, he/she will need to submit a transcript of the doctoral or the certificate of the degree (copy) before the start of the applied program. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of selection.

This call is, in principle, for early career researchers who will be newly coming from overseas, not for those who are already employed or accepted at domestic institutions at the time of application.

This call for applications will have three deadlines within FY2023. However, please note that the call for applications may be terminated when the total amount of support for the selected programs reaches the budget limit.

Initial application deadline: 31 August 2023, 12:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (30 August 2023, 7:00 p.m. AKDT)

For more information, go to:
Call for Applications

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