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Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido U Foreign Visitors Fellowship

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    Mary Arnstein

    The call for applications for this round of the fellowship opens and closes earlier than in previous years. The application deadline is August 23, 2019 July 17, 2019

    The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC) of Hokkaido University is pleased to announce the 42nd round of the SRC’s Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program for 2020-2021*.

    Foreign specialists in studies of the former Soviet and East European countries, who are interested in spending several months at the SRC during the academic year of 2020-2021, may submit applications for this program. Applicants should choose their period of stay at the SRC: Within the period from April 10, 2020 to March 26, 2021, applicants will be able to name their preferred period but not shorter than two months and not longer than ten months.
    After the selection process, the SRC reserves the right to ask nominated applicants to change the period of stay at the Center.  * After the restructuring of foreign visitors systems of the Hokkaido University, the SRC runs its foreign visitors fellowship program within the new system which is managed and financed by the University.

    1.Conditions of Awards The Center undertakes to provide the following:

    1. One round-trip air ticket (economy-class) between the place of work of a fellow and Sapporo. Fellows are welcome to bring their family, but at their own expense. Fellows must pay shipping and customs clearance charges for their own luggage.
    2. A living allowance of around 380,000 – 500,000 yen per month (subject to change). (Please be aware that the sum of taxation on your income in Japan will depend on whether a Tax Treaty exists between Japan and your country. The treaty will help you avoid double taxation.)
    3. Accommodation – either a flat in the University’s Foreign Scholars’ Residence or a furnished flat outside the University campus. The availability of the former depends on the period of stay. In both cases you will have to pay monthly rent and utilities cost.
    4. A travel allowance for daily commuting to and from the Center.
    5. An office at the Center (with the use of a personal computer) and access to all the University and library facilities. No secretarial service is provided.
    6. The visiting scholar must subscribe to Japanese national health insurance and pension. The insurance will pay 70% of your medical expenses.
    7. The visiting scholar is free to engage in a limited amount of travel for professional purposes within Japan. Foreign travel must be approved by the director in accordance with the regulations.

    The above-mentioned conditions are preliminary and changes may occur when the details of the program are finally determined.

    2.Obligations Visiting fellows have the following obligations to the Center:

    1. The Center will expect each fellow to give at least two presentations at academic meetings held in Japan, including the SRC.
    2. Each fellow must contribute an article during or immediately after his/her stay in Sapporo to the Center’s international refereed journal Acta Slavica Iaponica on a subject within the broad confines of Slavic and Eurasian studies.
    3. The visiting fellow is also expected to give lectures to graduate students, actively join seminars and symposia, and collaborate with the SRC research fellows during and after his/her stay at the SRC.

    3.Applications and References Applicants should submit applications for this program by the deadline (August 23, 2019).
    Applications must be sent by e-mail:

    Downloadable application form 2020-2021 ( word / pdf )

    Each applicant is expected to have at least two letters of reference sent directly to the Center: one letter from the institution to which the applicant is attached, testifying that he or she will be free during the period of the stay in Sapporo, and another confidential letter from a recognized specialist in their field.
    It is the responsibility of applicants to make sure that letters of reference should arrive at the Center by the deadline.
    Referees are requested to send their signed letters by e-mail:

    4.Selection The selection will be conducted in two stages:
    In the first stage the SRC makes a list of candidates of foreign fellows after carefully examining the applicants’ research plans, academic publications, possible contributions to the SRC’s projects and other factors. Preference is given to those who have both permanent academic positions and PhD degrees (or their equivalents).
    The list will be submitted to the University’s special selection committee by the end of September 2019. In the second stage the University’s committee decides the final list of foreign fellows and the selection result will be informed to the SRC by the end of December 2019.

    5.Notification Applicants will be informed about the result of the first stage of the selection process by early October 2019.
    The SRC will inform all candidates about the final result of the selection by January 2020.

    Correspondence concerning this program should be addressed to:
    Head, Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program
    Professor Tomohiko Uyama
    Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University
    Kita-9, Nishi-7, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0809, Japan
    Tel.:  (+81) 11-706-2388
    Fax. : (+81) 11-706-4952
    E-mail: *Information about the SRC is available through the Internet:

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