Last updated: April 21, 2014

What is SSP?
KUT's Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was established in 2003 in order to support the advanced research of the university through the contribution of highly capable doctoral students. Every year in April and October, the university enrolls selected doctoral students under specific research projects. The students pursue the doctoral course in English while at the same time assisting their host professor in his/her research projects.
As of October. 2013, 42 Ph. D. candidates from 13 foreign countries are studying under this program. Through this program KUT wishes to expand and deepen international ties with academic and educational institutions all over the world.

Application guideline is here.

Requirement and 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.
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 foreign students who are living outside Japan, and who have, or have the intention to acquire, “Student” status of Japanese residence at the time of entry in Japan)
Completion Requirements
  • 3 year’s enrollment at KUT
  • 10 or more credits earned
  • Successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense after receiving a preliminary assessment held more than one year in advance
  • Publication of two or more high level reviewed papers
Support System
  • English technical writing and research writing class: Given to first and second year doctoral students by a native English professor.
  • Japanese language class for daily conversation and grammar:
    1. Elementary 1: four times a week
    2. Elementary 2: Three times a week
    3. Intermediate: once a week
    4. Kanji characters: once a week
  • Tutor support system: Tutors assist new international students with academic and daily life matters.
  • Single accommodation in International House is available for international students.

Normally, SSP students are required to acquire 4 credits for advanced seminars and 6 for lectures. The following courses are available now but are subject to change.

  • Advanced seminar 1 & 2 (2 credits each)
  • Technical writing Ⅱ, research writing, and management academic writing (English writing courses, 2 credits each)
  • Interdisciplinary engineering (4 courses to acquire cutting-edge knowledge of various engineering fields, 2 credits each)
SSP International Students Admitted
As of April 2014
China 95 India 1
Thailand 18 Jordan 1
Viet Nam 9 Czech Republic 1
Bangladesh 6 Niger 1
Cambodia 5 Nepal 1
Indonesia 5 Uzbekistan 1
Sri Lanka 3 Ghana 1
Myanmer 2 Latvia 1
Pakistan 2 Poland 1
Spain 2 Egypt 1
Mongolia 2    
Total 159