Call for Special Scholarship Program – 3 year English-medium Doctoral Program at Kochi University of Technology, Japan


The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was established in 2003 in order to support the development of advanced research at the university through the contribution of highly capable doctoral students. Every year, Kochi University of Technology (KUT) enrolls approximately 15 selected doctoral students to work in specific research projects. Each student pursues a doctoral course in English while at the same time assisting his/her host professor in his/her research projects and receiving monthly payment in return for his/her contribution to the projects.

  • Entry: April and October
  • Medium of study: English
  • Number of students to be admitted: 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.
  • Program of study: Doctoral program(3years),Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
  • Degree to be admitted: Dr. Eng. or Ph.D. , depending on the research field

Fields of Research Projects

  • Material and Life Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Information Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Infrastructure Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Economics and Management (Eikokuji Campus)

Completion Requirements

  • 3 years' enrollment at KUT
  • 10 or more credits earned
  • Successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense after receiving a preliminary assessment more than one year in advance
  • Publication of two or more high level reviewed papers

Benefits for Successful Applicants

  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).

Support Systems

  • English technical writing and research writing class will be given to first and second year doctoral students by a native English professor.
  • Japanese language class will be provided for daily conversation and grammar.
  • Tutors assist new international students with academic and daily life matters.
  • Many types of Japanese cultural activities will be offered seasonally.
  • International students can receive assistance in finding single accommodation.

Application Deadline

Notification of Primary Screening Result

Secondary Screening

Notification of Admission Decision

Registration Deadline

*March 17, 2017

End of May, 2017
(To be notified individually)

To be scheduled individually after due consultation

End of June, 2017
(To be notified individually)

*July 14, 2017

*note : All the required documents must arrive at KUT by each deadline.

For further information please visit below link.

Office of International Relations and Cooperation, MUST