Scholarship for QFD
Eligibility | How to Apply |
Selection Criteria | Notification
Akao Scholarship for QFD aims to stimulate QFD research and education at
higher education institutions worldwide by rewarding the university student who
has written and submitted the best "Student QFD Paper" of the year.
The Scholarship is
named in honor of
Dr. Yoji Akao, Ph.D., a founder of QFD, and his wife Mrs. Sachiko Akao. It
is managed by the QFD Institute Scholarship Foundation Board and Akao
A cash awards*1
A complimentary admission to the
internationally-acclaimed QFD Green Belt® Certificate Course*2
Both full-time and part-time students may apply, including working students. The
QFD paper submitted must be a work of the student-applicant who is currently
enrolled in an accredited university/college in a degreed program. The paper
must reflect his/her recent research/project and have been written in the last 12
June 21, 2010
How to Apply
Please submit the following items by the deadline.
All documents must be in English.
Paper reporting your own QFD application case study and/or research
findings. Include applicable QFD work
objects and data, method(s) used, your own analysis, conclusion, and
references. There is no specification on the number of pages, but a paper of this type
typically runs 8-15 pages or longer.
Information about the applicant as well as his/her student co-author(s)
if any. Include your name, mailing address, email address,
telephone number, school name/address, your department and major. If you are a
working student, please also include your
employer's name, employment location, and a short description of your job.
Recommendation letter from a professor of your school.
Proof of your enrollment status issued by your school registrar office.
This typically constitutes an official letter on the school letterhead bearing
a signature/stamp of your school official.
Please send your application documents to:
Akao Scholarship for QFD
Fax: +1 206-203-0733
QFD Institute Akao Scholarship Committee
1140 Morehead Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Items 1 and 2 may be sent by e-mail as MS Word or PDF attachment. Be sure to
type "Akao Scholarship for QFD Application" in the Subject field of your email.
Items 3 and 4 may be sent directly from your professor or school office by e-mail, fax, or airmail.
Selection of this Scholarship award is determined by the Akao Scholarship
Committee. Desired paper quality includes sound understanding of basic QFD concept,
sound QFD practice or an attempt for it, proper use of QFD tools, originality, higher thinking skill,
original data, sound analysis, future potential, and so forth.
The paper must be a student QFD paper written for this Scholarship contest,
using the scholastic
documentary-note system including proper use of citation methods,
footnoted references with a bibliography showing the quote/data source, author,
publication, publishing date, as well as page numbers.
Papers that are mainly comprised of summaries of other people's work, books,
articles, and/or website information and papers on numerical manipulations
without contribution of substance are not appropriate for this Scholarship
Notification of the 2010 Scholarship Award will be made by July 31, 2010 by email.
cash scholarship and certificate will be awarded at the
16th International Symposium on QFD (ISQFD'10-Portland) in Portland, Oregon USA during the Award Ceremony.*3
This Scholarship does not cover travel expenses for the award
recipient. In appreciation of participation, however, all applicants who
submit a Student QFD Paper will be invited to attend the QFD Institute's
Symposium on QFD for free
This Scholarship is offered and awarded only when and where legally permitted.
For questions, please contact
Wichita State University, USA
"An Efficient Customer Group Selection for Quality Function
Lars Oliver Mautsch,
Universität Stuttgart, Germany
development of Business Information Systems combining SOA
Catherine Yin Ping Chan
QFD Black Belt®
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute of Textiles and
Clothing, Hong Kong PRC.
of QFD to Curriculum
of Vocational Education"
Kapucugil, Arş. Gör.
Dokuz Eylül University
"Development of Ideal Campus Settings
Yamanashi University, Japan
"Development of a Web-based QFD
One (1) winning paper may be selected
annually, and one (1) set of the Scholarship prizes may be distributed annually
regardless of the number of co-authors listed on the winning paper. The amount
of the cash award varies depending on the fund earnings. For 2010, it is
projected to be approximately US$300.
The cash award must be received in
person at the specified International Symposium on QFD (ISQFD)*3
(see also *2 and *3). The cash prize cannot be sent off site or carried over to
another year. In case of a no show, it will be deemed that the recipient has
forfeited the award and the money will be returned to the Scholarship Fund.
prizes may include
admission to the QFD Institute's
International QFD Green Belt®
Certificate Course (valued at
US$1,655 in 2009) when this professional training course is offered as a part of
the specific ISQFD. Additionally, when the ISQFD is hosted by the QFD Institute
in a U.S. city, the Scholarship recipient also receives free admission to the
In the event if
the International QFD
Green Belt® Certificate Course is not offered as a part of the official ISQFD
program, the Scholarship recipient will be admitted for free to a public
QFD Green Belt®
offered by the QFD Institute during
the next 12 months anywhere in the world.
Furthermore, if the eligibility requirements are met, the Scholarship recipient
choose to apply the equivalent dollar value
of the QFD Green Belt® Course toward attending a public
QFD Black Belt® Certificate Course
offered by the QFD Institute in the next 15 months.
The location of the International Symposium on QFD (ISQFD) is rotated among active member countries
of the International Council for QFD (ICQFD).
The 2010 International Symposium will be held at Portland Marriott City Center
(venue) in Portland, Oregon USA.