Special Scholarship Program, Kochi University of Technology, Japan

Publish Date: Oct 05, 2015

Deadline: Mar 18, 2016

Special Scholarship Program

Special Scholarship Program (SSP) is only for doctoral candidates and project-based. (Project list is here)
We do NOT accept any application by e-mail.
Contact with the professors should be restricted to the inquiries about the projects.
For further inquiries, please contact International Relations Division. (Please find the contact information below)
To complete the scholarship program and acquire a doctoral degree, publication of 2 or more high level reviewed papers is required within 3 years.
We do not have any brochures for SSP. You can find all necessary information and download application form from this web site.

Application Guideline for Special Scholarship Program (SSP)
Doctoral Program (3 years)
Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
No more than 3 SSP students can be enrolled concurrently for each project leader. See the SSP project list for details of which projects currently have places available for SSP students.
One year
*The term will be extended for increments of one year up to a total of three years, unless the university terminates the SSP student status for any of the reasons stated in paragraph 13 below, Termination of SSP Student Status.
(1) The SSP student must work 50 hours per month for a specific research project at the university.
(2) The SSP student must report his/her study and research achievements to the dean of the Graduate School of Engineering at the end of each semester. The submitted report will be evaluated by the dean of the Graduate School of Engineering.


(1)Exemption from 30,000 yen entrance examination fee, 300,000 yen enrollment fee and 535,800 yen/year tuition fee
(2)To support living expenses, 150,000 yen/month is paid for research project work.
(3)150,000 yen is provided for travel and initial living costs. (given only to international applicants who are living outside Japan, and who have, or have the intention to acquire, “Student” status of Japanese residence at the time of entry into Japan)

ELIGIBILITY Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions

(1)To have or to be scheduled to acquire a master’s degree before the KUT enrollment date
(2) To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment
(3) To have an excellent academic record and strong bachelor’s and master’s degrees from reputable universities
(4) To have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work in one of the designated research projects
(5) To have high English proficiency


(1) Choose one or two research project(s) from the SSP Research Project List
(2) Complete and submit all required documents by post
  *Please refer to List for SSP Application Documents


The submitted documents will be carefully examined in the course of the first screening. Only applicants who are successful in that screening will then be examined in such forms as an interview, an English written exam, an academic achievement written exam in the specialized field required for the conduct of the selected research project, etc. The interview and other formalities will be held at a place that will be appointed separately (The examination for the foreign applicants will be conducted hopefully in their country. However, the examination for the applicants residing in Japan will be conducted at Kochi University of Technology (KUT)).


(1) Students who join the projects in Economics and Management will conduct their research at Eikokuji campus which is located in down town Kochi City, 25 km from the main campus (Kami campus), and those students are also required to take classes once or twice a week at main campus. The most common means of transportation between Eikokuji campus and Kami campus are bus or JR train, and it takes around one hour.
(2) If you are still working towards your master's degree, a verified original master's degree certificate in English or Japanese from your university will be required before your enrollment can be completed. If you are not able to produce such a document, you will not be enrolled.
(3) KUT will provide appropriate single accommodation for successful applicants whose resident status in Japan is “Student.”If you desire to bring your family members and live with them in Japan, you must initiate your own apartment rental. In both cases, you need to bear your own costs.
At Kami campus, International House provides single accommodation. International students at Eikokuji campus will be offered similar housing.
(4) To complete the doctoral program as a SSP Student, you need to meet all of the following conditions.
(a) 3 year’s enrollment at KUT
(b) 10 or more credits earned
(c) Successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense after receiving a preliminary assessment held more than one year in advance
(d) Publication of two or more high level reviewed papers
(5) Students enrolled in this program can obtain Doctor of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy depending on the research field.
(6) Newly admitted foreign doctoral students will be charged about 30,000 yen as insurance premium.
(The students who do not have "Student" status of Japanese residence will be charged about 3,000 yen as insurance premium)
(7) 3,000 yen will be charged as dues for alumni association membership.
(The students who do not have “Student” status of Japanese residence will be charged 20,000 yen for alumni association membership)
(8) In any case where a SSP student is selected as a recipient of another institution’s scholarship, his/her monthly pay as described in 7 (2) will be adjusted.
(9) The abstract of your doctoral dissertation and the results of your thesis defense will be published on the web within 3 months after the conferment of your doctoral degree, and the full text of your dissertation will be published on the web within 1 year after the conferment of your doctoral degree.
In cases where it seems inappropriate to publish a doctoral dissertation on the web due to a patent application related to the research, or some other special reasons, Kochi University of Technology may suspend the publication of the full text of a dissertation, and publish only its abstract on the web. Even in such cases, if publication of the full text of a dissertation is requested, and Kochi University of Technology agrees to the necessity, the full text of your doctoral dissertation may be disclosed.
(10) In the event that Kochi University of Technology alters the system of SSP, the terms and conditions will be revised accordingly.


SSP student status will be terminated in the following cases
(1) In the case where a student's report, submitted in accordance with term 6-(2), is assessed as being below the standard for SSP students.
(2) In the case of behavior which is deemed inappropriate for a SSP student.


All inquiries and application documents must be addressed to:
International Relations Division
Kochi University of Technology
Tosayamada, Kami City
Kochi 782-8502, JAPAN
Tel: +81-887-53-1130
Fax: +81-887-57-2000

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