International Doctoral Scholarships in Engineering, Kochi University of Technology, Japan

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The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was established in 2003 in order to support the advanced research of the university by enlisting the help of highly capable students especially students from foreign countries. Every year in April and October, the university enrolls selected doctoral students for specific research projects. The students pursue the doctoral course in English (excl. Japanese students) while at the same time assisting their host professor as a research assistant (RA). Through this program KUT wishes to expand and deepen international ties with academic and educational institutions all over the world.

Doctoral Program (3 years)
Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering


*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 12 below, Termination of SSP Student Status.


  1. The SSP student must work as a research assistant in a specific research project. However, the total paid working hour per week for students with “Student” status of Japanese redidence, should not exceed 28 hours per week.
  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 reports will be evaluated.


  1. International applicants are exempted from 300,000 yen of enrollment fee.
  2. Tuition of 535,800 yen (per year) will be exempted.
  3. 240,000 yen per year as a SSP Scholarship upon application.
  4. Up to 960,000 yen per year for working as a research assistant.
  5. 200,000 yen 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 into Japan)

ELIGIBILITY Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions

  1. To have nationality other than Japanese.
  2. To have or have the intention to acquire the “Student” status of Japanese residence, at the time of entrance, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act in Japan.
  3. To have or to be expected to acquire a master’s degree before enrollment.
  4. To have excellent academic records in both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  5. To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment.
  6. To have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work as a research assistant in one of the research projects.
  7. To have high English proficiency.


  1. Choose a research project from the SSP Research Project List.
  2. Complete and submit all required 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 (hopefully in your home country).


  1. 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.
  2. In any case where a SSP Student is selected as a recipient of another institution’s scholarship, the scholarship as described in 6-will be canceled, and his/her monthly pay for working as a research assistant will be adjusted.
  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.
  4. To complete the doctoral program as a SSP Student, you need to meet all of the following conditions.
    1. 3 year’s enrollment in the school
    2. 10 or more credits
    3. successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense
    4. publication of two or more high level reviewed papers

SSP student status will be terminated in the following cases

  1. In the case where a student’s report, submitted in accordance with term 5-(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

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

35 comments on “International Doctoral Scholarships in Engineering, Kochi University of Technology, Japan

  1. Hajimemashite! Watashi wa jenny desu..I’m a civil engineering graduate and now a registered civil engineer in my country. I’m very intrested about this school/university scholarship. Aside from learning nihonggo and japanese culture, I’m also intrested about the new technology that Japanese people apply in their engineering works especially in the field of construction of high rise buildings and other structures. I am currently working now gaining experience and new learnings in my field. Tnx.

  2. Watashi wa Tsabitah desu. I’m a student of 13 SHS. My school also taught japanese language/nihongo. I’ve passion in technology and I really really want to study in Japan. Could you help me to get about scholarship? Thx.

  3. Hi!! I’m adiratna,, indonesian. I was interested in engeneering. Would you tell me about this?? How can I get scholarship?? Thanks.

  4. hiiii, i’m Visca, Indonesian student. i want to join with this program. please give me any information. please send to my mail. thank you.

  5. Hai, I am Syndara from indonesia..
    I am a physic student at airlangga university surabaya who doing my last project about optoelectronic. How can I get this scholarship?
    I can speak english,I love Japan even my country had been take over with japan. If you need more information you can send me e mail and I’ll reply it soon.

  6. Hi,I’m Yuwanda Nugraha,I’m studying at Polteknik negeri Malang 5th semester D4/S1,Technical Informatic System,Malang City,How do I get the scholarship ?, Thanks ^^

  7. 私はインドネシア人です。ジャカルタに住んでいます 。私は STBA LIA のがくせいです。今、1ねんせいです。4かげつぐらい にほんご を べんきょうしますた。私は日本語を少し理解しています。英語がよくわかります。私は日本で勉強したいです。So, I’m hoping that i can get scholarships in Nipon. I’m waiting scholarships for S1/S2. please, give me one chance !! Gbu guys, happy tuesday

  8. Hajimemashite, watashi wa Lufi Magfilia desu. Watashi wa Indonesia jin desu.

  9. Saya edy,saya kuliah di UNBAJA serang banten,fakultas Teknik Industri,saya juga bekerja di PT.GUNANUSA UTAMA FABRICATORS,pengalaman saya di elektrik dan warehouse

  10. Hi… Watashiwa ari desu.
    I’m from indonesia.
    I was student in politeknik state of semarang city. Major in electronica technic. Can you tell about this program??what can I do if I want to join this program. Thanks…
    Pleas fu..


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