In AY 2009, Kyoto University inaugurated the Hakubi Project to Foster and Support Young Researchers, in which the University appoints promising young researchers as program-specific faculty members (associate professor/assistant professor under the annual salary system) and supports their research activities on themes of their own choices, so as to develop visionary researchers who will pioneer new paths in their respective academic fields. Kyoto University calls for applicants in AY 2013 as described below.
Research activities at universities are driven by the researcher's unlimited inspiration, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm in quest of truth. Therefore it is of paramount importance to develop human resources with extraordinary creativity, originality and a willingness to take on new challenges over a wide variety of academic fields.
Fostering such human resources is also essential for Kyoto University. In response to the progress of globalization, it is particularly important to foster human resources with superb creativity, as well as broad perspectives and a flexible mindset, all of which are important to be able to pioneer new academic frontiers. With this view in mind, during AY 2009, Kyoto University inaugurated the Hakubi Project to Foster and Support Young Researchers, in addition to augmenting efforts in various existing initiatives taken by individual faculties/schools. In the Hakubi Project to Foster and Support Young Researchers, the university employs promising young researchers as program-specific faculty members (associate professor/assistant professor with an annual salary) and supports their research activities on themes of their own choosing.
Research programs in every range of basic and applied studies in all academic fields, from the humanities, to social and natural sciences.
Researchers with a doctorate degree (or equivalent research abilities).
All nationalities are accepted.
Up to 20 applicants will be appointed as program-specific faculty members (associate professor or assistant professor with an annual salary).
In principle, the term of appointment will begin on April 1, 2014. The term can be adjusted, however, according to the requirements of individual researchers.
Selected applicants will be appointed as program-specific full-time faculty members (associate professor or assistant professor with an annual salary under limited-term contracts) in compliance with the Rules of Employment for Fixed-Term Program-Specific Faculty Members. Although their period of service will be five years in principle, it may not extend over more than five academic years. These individuals will be referred to by the title of “Kyoto University Hakubi researcher” in recognition of their excellent research abilities to pioneer a new path in their respective academic fields.
To implement the Kyoto University Hakubi Project to Foster and Support Young Researchers, the university has established the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University to which Hakubi researchers are affiliated.
The university will provide each researcher with an annual research fund of approximately 1 to 4 million yen, depending on a number of factors such as the research plans of each individual. The center itself does not have any research facilities. Accordingly, individual researchers are asked to make their own arrangements where possible, by finding a “host” (researcher/institution/faculty) within Kyoto University that is willing to provide suitable research facilities.
Researchers on this project shall prepare annual reports on their research activities, and are also required to give presentations on their research results at the end of their fixed term.
Results of the screening will be notified to all applicants by e-mail.
Please note that information on the process of the screening and reasons for pass/fail will not be provided.
13:00 (Japan time), Wednesday May 1, 2013 The deadline has passed.
We must receive all necessary documents (online registration and uploaded proposal) by the dates and times as following:
Deadline for online registration:
13:00 (Japan time), Wednesday May1, 2013
Deadline for upload of proposal:
13:00 (Japan time), Wednesday May 8, 2013
Meetings providing information on the Hakubi Project will be held as detailed below. Send an e-mail to register your participation to the e-mail address below, including your name, affiliation, position and telephone number. We must receive it at the latest, one day before each meeting, respectively.
However, you may participate in the meeting without prior registration.
e-mail address for registration of Information Meeting:
hakubi*mail.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp （Please replace "*" with "@".）
*The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research will hold “The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Hakubi Project” on the same date at the same place from 14:30 prior to Information Meeting.
To obtain further information, please contact us either by e-mail or facsimile. Inquiries will not be accepted by phone.
|The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University
|Number of applicants||Number of successful applicants||Competition rate|
|Number of applicants||Percentages
|Number of successful applicants||Percentages
|Male : Female||511:144||78.0%:22.0%||17:3||85.0%:15.0%|
|Arts : Sciences||300:355||45.8%:54.2%||10:10||50.0%:50.0%|
|Kyoto U Affiliate : Others||144:511||22.0%78.0%||9:11||45.0%:55.0%|
Japan : Other Countries
|Associate Prof. :
|－||－||36.3 years old||－|
|－||－||31.6 years old||－|
* Classifications based on the proposals written by applicants