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.

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.

The program refers a Host Researcher in Japan to an International Early Career Researcher. An International Early Career Researcher who wishes to have a Host Researcher referred to him/her must submit the application, referring to “Referral of a Host Researcher.” The deadline for requesting a referral of a Host Researcher is 13 May 2022. Note that the deadline of this system differs from the deadline of the application for the Call for Application for ArCS II International Early Career Researchers Program.

The International Early Career Researcher is required to prepare an application form in cooperation with the Host Researcher and submit a letter of consent (by the candidate) to apply for the ArCS II International Early Career Researchers Program. Applications should inclue a letter of recommendation (any format) and a copy of the transcript of the doctoral or the certificate of the degree. In this call, the application must be filed by the Host Researcher.

Application deadline: 20 June 2022
Deadline for Host Researcher referral: 13 May 2022

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

For questions, contact:
ArCS II Secretariat