Asia Scholarship

Special scholarship program (doctoral program, SSP), Japan

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was established in 2003 to support the development of advanced research at the university through the contribution of highly competent doctoral students. Through the 3-year program , Kochi University of Technology (KUT) offers comprehensive education in a multidisciplinary environment. Every year, KUT is recruiting around 15 selected PhD students to work in specific research projects. Each student follows a doctoral training in English while assisting his host professor in his research projects and receiving a monthly payment in return for his contribution to the projects. This program is intended for those who have the firm intention of engaging in their research projects during the three yearswhole, acquiring in-depth knowledge and skills as well as the ability to become a full-fledged researcher and aspire to fulfill the degree requirements accordingly. It is designed to help diligent and talented students with limited financial resources, especially international students from emerging countries, who are ready to devote themselves to the expected research and related studies for the next three years in order to finally achieve their academic goal. .

Entry:  April and October

Medium of study:  English

Number of students to be admitted:  No more than 3 SSP students can be registered simultaneously for each project manager. See the SSP Projects List for details on projects that currently have places available for SSP students.

Study  program : doctoral program ( 3 years ), engineering department, graduate school of engineering

Degree to be admitted:  Doctor of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy depending on the field of research

Origin of international SSP students admitted

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Latvia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, etc.

Areas of research projects
  • Environmental systems engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Engineering of electronic and photonic systems (Campus Kami)
  • Information systems engineering (Campus Kami)
  • Infrastructure systems engineering (Kami Campus)
  • Economy and management (Eikokuji Campus)

The list of SSP research projects is here

Completion requirements
  • Registration for 3 years in a doctoral program at KUT
  • 10 doctoral credits or more obtained
  • Successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense after having received a preliminary assessment more than one year before the defense.
  • Two or more articles in high-level peer-reviewed journals, published at least two months before the end of the program; this is the basic condition for holding a thesis defense.

Curriculum and Standard Completion Schedule

An Semester Research work Course work ()… Number of credits
Seminars English writing course Courses to acquire advanced
in various
academic fields
1st 1st
  • Decide on the research topic
  • Submit the research project work plan
  • Submit a research report
Advanced Seminar I (2) Technical writing II (2) Interdisciplinary Engineering A (2)
  • Mid-term evaluation and interview
  • Submit the research project work plan
  • Submit a research report
Advanced Seminar II (2) Research Writing (2) 


Management Research Writing (2)

Interdisciplinary Engineering B (2)
2e 1st
  • Mid-term evaluation and interview
  • Submit a research report
Interdisciplinary Engineering C (2)
  • Submit the research project work plan
  • Submit a research report
  • Publication of at least 1 revised article
  • Preliminary evaluation of the doctoral thesis
Interdisciplinary Engineering D (2)
3e 1st  

  • Submit a research report

4 credits


At least 6 credits

  • Submit the research project work plan
  • Publication of at least 2 reviewed articles
  • Thesis defense

Description of program 3: Tuition waiver and full financial assistance

Benefits for successful applicants

  1. Exemption from entrance examination fee of 30,000 yen, registration fee of 300,000 yen, and tuition fee of 535,800 yen / year
  2. To cover living expenses, 150,000 yen / month is paid as a salary for the work of research projects.
    * You have to pay a certain amount of tax on this salary. See details below .
  3. 150,000 yen is provided for travel and initial living expenses (only for international applicants living outside of Japan).

Support systems

  • technical writing and research writing course in English will be given to first and second year doctoral students by a native English teacher.
  • A Japanese course will be provided for daily conversation and grammar.
  • Tutors help new international students with academic and daily life issues.
  • Many types of Japanese cultural activities will be offered in season.
  • International students can receive assistance in finding individual accommodation.


for Kami Students The

KUT International House on Kami Campus was established as a multicultural on-campus accommodation for KUT students.
International students at Kami campus can take advantage of this lively learning environment to develop a better understanding of Japanese culture through daily life with Japanese students if there is a vacancy.

International House (Kami Campus)
Rent a room individually (Kami Campus)

for Eikokuji

students foreign students on the Eikokuji campus can receive assistance in finding accommodation from the Education Affairs Section.

· Company  apartments (contract-Eikokuji campus)
·  rental of a single room (Eikokuji campus)

Examples of monthly living expenses

for Kami students

Room charges (shared kitchen) 27,500 yen
Electricity charges 2,500 yen
Food* 40,000 yen
Income tax** 2,000 yen
Tourist tax ** 4000 yen
National health insurance tax ** 5,000 yen
Other 34,000 yen
Total approx. 115,000 yen

Entrance fee (30,000 yen) and common service charge (15,000 yen / semester) for International House are required separately.
* The cost of a meal is around 500 yen.
** The amount of tax varies from year to year. (It depends on your annual income from the previous year in Japan.) The above is just an average.
for Eikokuji students

Room charges 40,000 yen
Utilities + Internet fees 20,000 yen
Food* 45,000 yen
Income tax** 2,000 yen
Tourist tax ** 4000 yen
National health insurance tax ** 5,000 yen
Other 34,000 yen
Total approx. 150,000 yen

The above estimate is based on the case that you live in the apartment under the contract between KUT and the real estate agency appointed by KUT. You will be charged a service charge of approximately 80,000 to 100,000 yen before moving into the apartment. The rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, TV and washing machine.
* The cost of a meal is around 700 yen.
** The amount of tax varies from year to year. (It depends on your annual income from the previous year in Japan.) The above is just an average.

Program Description 4: No visit to Japan required before start of studies

Application and admission calendar


Conditions and eligibility for admission

Applicants must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Obtain permission from the candidate’s preferred SSP project leader to apply for this project
  2. Hold a degree from an accredited institution comparable to the Masters degree offered at KUT after 18 years of study, or be scheduled to acquire such a degree prior to the KUT enrollment date
  3. Be 35 years old or under at the time of registration
  4. Have an excellent academic record and strong bachelor’s and master’s degrees from reputable universities
  5. Have adequate research intention, knowledge and skills to work in the research project
  6. Have a good command of English

SSP application directive

Laissez un commentaire

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You cannot copy content of this page