Last updated: January 5, 2016

Program Description1Project-based
Program Description2English-medium instruction
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

Origin of SSP international students admitted

Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany ,Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Latvia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, etc.
Fields of Research Projects
  • Material and Life Systems Engineering
  • Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Infrastructure Systems Engineering
  • Economics and Management

SSP Research Project List is here

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
Curriculum and Standard Schedule for Completion

(For October enrollees)

Year Semester Research work Course work ( )... Number of credits
Seminars English writing courses Courses to acquire
cutting-edge knowledge
of various
engineering fields
1st 1st
  • Decide research theme
  • Submit research project work plan
  • Submit research report
Advanced seminar Ⅰ (2) Technical writing Ⅱ (2) Interdisciplinary
engineering A (2)
  • Mid-term evaluation and interview
  • Submit research project work plan
  • Submit research report
Advanced seminar Ⅱ (2) Research writing (2) Interdisciplinary
engineering B (2)
2nd 1st
  • Mid-term evaluation and interview
  • Submit research report
engineering C (2)
  • Submit research project work plan
  • Submit research report
  • Publication of at least 1 reviewed paper
  • Preliminary assessment of doctoral dissertation
engineering D (2)
3rd 1st
  • Submit research report
4 credits At least 6 credits
  • Submit research project work plan
  • Publication of at least 2 reviewed papers
  • Thesis defense

Program Description3Tuition waiver and full financial assistance
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.
  • Single accommodation is available for international students.
International House
KUT International House in Kami campus was established as multicultural on-campus accommodation for KUT students.
International students can enjoy this living-learning environment to develop a better understanding of Japanese culture through daily life with Japanese students.
※International students at Eikokuji campus can receive assistance in finding accommodation from Student Support Division.
Program Description4No visit to Japan required before beginning studies
Application and Admission Schedule

Requirements and Eligibility for Admission
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

Application Guideline is here