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Special Grant Program for International Students (April 2018)

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Posted 2017-11-16
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Special Grant Program for International Students / Research Assistant Program of Graduate School of Environmental Science (April 2018)

This program will select students, who can likely contribute internationally in their research field, from those students applying to doctoral courses of Graduate School of Environmental Science.

It is very meaningful to participate in research as a Research Assistant (RA) for the development of your research ability. Each Research Assistant must serve to achieve the objective of a research subject directed by a faculty member of the Graduate School of Environmental Science. The research subjects are listed below.


Maximum 3 years since the first year although the achievement of the objective must be evaluated each year by the committee of the faculty.

Qualifications of application (Eligibility):

Students (mainly from developing countries) who are going to seek admission to the doctor courses of Graduate School of Environmental Science.

Payment Exemption / RA Allowance:

Payment Exemption: Total amount of school fees are entirely covered by Hokkaido University (i.e., entrance exam fee of 30,000 yen, admission fee of 282,000 yen, and annual tuition fee of 535,800 yen for each of three years). RA Allowance (depending on the actual working time): Total: 3 million yen (1 million yen for each of three years)

Travel expenses of entrance exam should be paid by applicant.

Application Period

Until December 13 Wednesday, 2017

Application for the program:

Applicants are required to submit the documents listed below. The documents should not be written in a language other than English.

  1. Curriculum vitae with the applicant's photograph

  2. Academic transcript

  3. Graduation certificate

  4. List of publications and presentations in scientific meetings

  5. Research proposal

  6. Direction and comments of potential supervisor and at least one co-supervisor, including proofs of communication between you and the potential supervisors

  7. Master's thesis or other documents in proof of your research ability

Reference and address to apply


Graduate School of Environmental Science

Hokkaido University

Kita 10, Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-0810 Japan

E-mail: kyomu (at)

List of possible research subjects (2018)

Title: Study of paleoclimate in tropical regions during the Pleistocene

Associate Professor: Masanobu Yamamoto

Coupling or decoupling of Earths surface temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is an important issue of paleoclimatology. To answer the question, this program aims at reconstructing long term changes in tropical ocean temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration during the Miocene to Pleistocene by analyzing biomarkers and foraminifera in sediment cores retrieved by International Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions 353 and 363.

Title: Elucidating dynamics of coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services under multiple human stresses

Professor: Masahiro Nakaoka

Coastal ecosystem of the world are in crisis due to various human-induced stresses such as eutrophication, coastal development, overexploitation and global climate change. This project aims to elucidate responses of coastal biological communities against such multiple human stresses based on various methods including field monitoring of ecosystems, laboratory and field manipulative experiment, remote sensing and GIS analyses, and analyses on marine biodiversity databases.


Graduate School of Environmental Sceince, Hokkaido University