This program invites a wide range of early career researchers from the Arctic and non-Arctic countries who are engaged in Arctic research, and supports their research by employing or accepting them at universities and research institutions in Japan. This project aims to revitalize mutual exchange between Arctic researchers in Japan and early career researchers overseas, and to strengthen the cooperative system for international joint research.

In this second call for applications, the minimum length of appointment was changed to six months.

The application must be filed by the Host Researcher. The International Early Career Researcher is required to prepare an application form in cooperation with the Host Researcher. A Host Researcher must be a full-time researcher at the Host Institution. Host Institutions must be universities and research institutes that are national, public, or independent administrative institutions in Japan.

ArCS II is a national flagship project in Japan for Arctic research and a successor to the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) project that operated from 2015 to 2019. The project will take place over approximately four and a half years, from June 2020 to March 2025, primarily through the collaboration of three institutions: the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and Hokkaido University. Aiming to foster the realization of a sustainable society, the ArCS II project will promote advanced research to understand the current status and process of environmental changes in the Arctic and to improve meteorological and climate prediction in order to assess the impact of rapid environmental changes in the Arctic on human society, including Japan, as well as to implement the results of this research into society.

Application deadline: 8 May 2023, 12:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time

For more information, go to:
ArCS II International Early Career Researchers Program webpage

For questions, contact:
ArCS II Secretariat