Academic Challenge (AC) is a research promotion program aimed at graduate students who are enrolled at Kyushu University.
Participating students carry out all the processes of research by themselves, from designing their research plan and searching for funding to carrying out their research activities.
In doing so, they will develop their skills in “research management,” which is what AC aims at.
In order to nurture students’ research ideas in the embryonic stage for future innovation, AC provides students with an opportunity to generate their own idea, engage earnestly in research, and express their creativity and adaptable thought processes.
Schedule in 2022
|Board Examination||Mid of May|
|Briefing Session||Early of June|
|Mid presentation||Mid of October|
|Final presentation||Around February, 2023|
Applicants must be a graduate student at Kyushu University, and be under the age of 30. Individual applications only.
*Only one applicant shall be chosen from the same research lab.
Therefore, the applicant should receive approval from his or her supervisor as well as submitting a letter of recommendation from the supervisor.
*Students are asked to refrain from duplicating their application for the Academic Challenge (AC) with that of the same research themes for other granted projects.
■ Themes for applications
(1)Academic research related to the applicant’s own field of study.
(2)Themes can be related to the applicant’s master’s thesis or doctoral thesis.
Amount of grants
Each proposal is planned to receive up to 500,000 yen (scheduled)
*The funds will be granted in line with the Kyushu University accounting regulations. It will not take the form of a one-off cash payment.
■ Application method
Download and complete the application forms and submit them ‘ENTRY HERE’.
The application forms will be examined by the QREC steering committee and will be prioritized. Then, the ones near the top of the list will be adopted by the end of May（Provisional）.
Below is the criteria of the screening.
1. Research performance
2. Compatibility with the progressive research, practical application of the research and the incubation by QREC
3. Specifics of the research plan.
■ Final presentation and submission of reports
Around February, 2023
*Presentations are required by each project.
*Group data must be submitted.
1.Take the course“Advanced lecture in Idea Egaluation”(second semester intensive) of the QREC.
2. If 1.above is not possible, take either of
・“Advanced Lecture in Research Skills Development (English)(second semester fall quarter)
*In case you are not satisfying the requirements 1. and 2., you may be required to repay the awarded grant.