Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program

The call for applications for this round of the fellowship opens and closes earlier than in previous years. The application deadline is August 21, 2020


July 7, 2020

The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC) of Hokkaido University is pleased to announce the 43rd round of the SRC’s Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program for 2021-2022*.

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 2021-2022, may submit applications for this program.

Applicants should choose their period of stay at the SRC: Within the period from April 12, 2021 to March 25, 2022, applicants will be able to name their preferred period but not shorter than two 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 the foreign visitor system of 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 kindly requested to directly arrive in Sapporo from the place of work when starting the fellowship and go directly home after its completion, without stopovers. Otherwise SRC will not cover the air ticket. 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. Treaties can 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.
  4. A travel allowance for daily commuting to and from the Center, if necessary.
  5. An office at the Center (personal computer provided) and access to all the University and library facilities. No secretarial service is provided.
  6. The visiting scholar is required to subscribe to Japanese national health insurance and pension. The insurance will pay 70% of your medical expenses, including dental.
  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.





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 21, 2020).
Applications must be sent by e-mail:


Downloadable application form 2021-2022 ( 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, evaluating the applicant and her/his project.
It is the responsibility of applicants to make sure that letters of reference arrive at the Center by the deadline.
Referees are requested to send their signed letters by e-mail:





The selection will be conducted in two stages: 
In the first stage the SRC makes a list of recommended candidates 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 is then submitted to the University-level special selection committee by the end of September 2020. In the second stage the University’s committee decides the final list of foreign fellows and the selection result is forwarded to the SRC by the end of December 2020.





Applicants will be informed about the result of the first stage of the selection process by early October 2020.
The SRC will inform all candidates about the final result of the selection by January 2021.

Even after the President of Hokkaido University approves foreign fellows for 2021-2022, the President still has the right to request the cancellation or postponement of any university project, depending on university, regional or Japan's guidelines regarding COVID-19 toward any given country or region at that moment, and depending on the measures taken by the relevant ministries and agencies to restrict entry into Japan. We ask applicants to keep these eventualities in mind, when they apply for the fellowship.




Correspondence concerning this program should be addressed to:
Head, Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program
Associate Professor Daisuke Adachi / Ms. Mika Osuga
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

*Information about the SRC is available through the Internet: