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

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


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.

SSP Research Project List


One year
*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 13 below, Termination of SSP Student Status.


  1. The SSP student must work 50 hours per month for a specific research project at the university.
  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 report will be evaluated by the dean of the Graduate School of Engineering.


  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 as salary for research project work. *You must pay some amount of taxes from this salary.
  3. 150,000 yen is provided for travel and initial living costs. (given only to international applicants 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)

See the details here.

Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions

  1. To hold a degree from an accredited institution comparable to the master’s degree offered at KUT after 18 years of education, or to be scheduled to acquire such a 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


  1. Choose one or two research project(s) from the SSP Research Project List
  2. Complete and submit all required documents by post

List for SSP Application 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 (The examination for the foreign applicants will be conducted hopefully in their country. However, the examination for the applicants residing in Japan will be conducted at Kochi University of Technology (KUT)).


  1. If you are still working towards your master’s degree, a verified original master’s degree certificate in English /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. Students who join the projects in Economics and Management will conduct their research at Eikokuji campus which is located in down town Kochi City, 25 km from the main campus (Kami campus), and those students are also required to take classes once or twice a week at main campus. The most common means of transportation between Eikokuji campus and Kami campus are bus or JR train, and it takes around one hour.
  3. If your application to KUT is successful and your resident status in Japan is “Student”, KUT will assist you in finding appropriate single accommodation.
    At Kami campus, you can live in the International House if there is vacancy.
    At Eikokuji campus, International students can receive assistance in finding accommodation from the Student Support Division.
    If you wish to bring your family members and live with them in Japan, or if you wish to change your accommodation, you must initiate your own apartment rental.
    In any case, you need to bear your own costs.
    ·International House (Kami Campus)
    ·Corporate-contract apartments (Eikokuji Campus)
    ·Renting a room individually (Kami Campus)
    ·Renting a room individually (Eikokuji Campus)
  4. To complete the doctoral program as a SSP Student, you need to meet all of the following conditions.
    a: 3 year’s enrollment in a doctoral program at KUT
    b: 10 or more doctoral course credits earned
    c: Successful completion of the doctoral dissertation defense after receiving a preliminary assessment held more than one year in advance
    d: Two or more papers in high level peer-reviewed journals, published at least two months before completion of the program; this is the basic requirement for holding a dissertation defense.
  5. Students enrolled in this program can obtain Doctor of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy depending on the research field.
  6. Newly admitted foreign doctoral students will be charged about 33,000 yen as insurance premium. The students who do not have “Student” status of Japanese residence will be charged 3,000 yen as insurance premium (The price is subject to change).
  7. 3,000 yen will be charged as dues for alumni association membership (The price is subject to change). The students who do not have “Student” status of Japanese residence will be charged 20,000 yen for alumni association membership.
  8. In any case where a SSP student is selected as a recipient of another institution’s scholarship, his/her monthly pay as described in “7. Benefits” 2. will be adjusted according to KUT’s rule.
  9. The abstract of your doctoral dissertation and the results of your dissertation defense will be published on the web within 3 months after the conferment of your doctoral degree, and the full text of your dissertation will be published on the web within 1 year after the conferment of your doctoral degree.In cases where it seems inappropriate to publish a doctoral dissertation on the web due to a patent application related to the research, or some other special reasons, Kochi University of Technology may suspend the publication of the full text of a dissertation, and publish only its abstract on the web. Even in such cases, if publication of the full text of a dissertation is requested, and Kochi University of Technology agrees to the necessity, the full text of your doctoral dissertation may be disclosed.
  10. Please note that KUT takes trust, truthfulness and academic integrity very seriously and we therefore expect applications to contain only true and complete information about the applicant. Applicants should be aware that KUT will take stern, corrective measures such as payment of exempted tuition fees, or even expulsion from the university, against any student found to have applied with false, incomplete, or missing information, including omission of information regarding educational background.
  11. In the event that Kochi University of Technology alters the system of SSP, the terms and conditions will be revised accordingly.

SSP student status will be terminated in the following cases

  1. In the case where a student’s report, submitted in accordance with term “6. Obligations” 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.

Doctoral Program

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

List for SSP Application Documents

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36 thoughts on “International Doctoral Scholarships in Engineering, Kochi University of Technology, Japan”

  1. hi my name is Andrew ,i come from indonesia,actually i’m very interest with this scholarship but i don’t have experience in engineering.could i still join it?
    If it is possible i will sent my documents.
    I could speak english,(little bit in korean) and graduated my senior high school with good mark :)
    please reply my note .i’ll wait…

  2. Hi i’m Simbarashe from Zimbabwe want to apply this scholaship because i have passion in engineering.I passed my ‘A’ level with good results. If it possible i will send my documents.I’m good in english so what can i do?

  3. Hi great guys, i am interested in this pls consider me. I finished yr nd am in department of science.

  4. im really interested,im very fluent in English live in South Africa,i’ve got introduction in Pc engineering,Certificate in System support & Management in Accounting like to know if i qualify

  5. I am muslin i life in muqdisho-somalia i was pion in 1994 i requirest universety peace help me!!

  6. i’m sonya, from Indonesia. i interested this news. i love art in Jepang because im designer. i wish study in Jepang

  7. Hi, I come from Kenya, am 19 , through with my high school education last year. Am eligible to pursue any course more so i was interested in engineering. Am good in Mathematics, Physics, English and Business Studies. Have been trying to be offered a scholarship but I have been choosen but for i trust you will consider me, be blessed. For more information call /sms 2540723244281/2540754551163. Please reply am a needy student.

  8. hi im tezha, im a new student of politeknik andalas university, indonesia. now im studying electrical enginneering, hopefully i can join with ths program. But im still confused, when this program will be closed. . . . .sore kara, minna, boku wa nihon ni ikitakatta. .sore wa boku no yumei nodesu yo . Ima boku wa itsumo nihongo wo benkyoushimasu. . . . . .

  9. hajimemashite ,watashi wa cris desu. watashi wa indonesia jin desu. 1995-nen 5-gatsu kokonoka no tanjoubi desu. dozo yoroshiku

    i am 17 years old , i am very interested in engineering. i am good in mathematic. please reply,i am very need this scholarship.

  10. Hi, I’m come from Indonesia. I interested this news. I’m very happy can read a good news like this. Can I join it?

  11. Hi my name’s sella , I come from in indonesia , I have a dream , my dream it’s very important for me .. I will study in Japan *this is my dream*
    Sometimes I not believe for my dream because I think it’s so difficult for get Scholarship .. but when I see my parents I think I can get scholarship and I will try it , because I will see my parents smile for me :) , I not English good but I will learn English language for get scholarship in Japan..2013 I can do it get scholarship in Japan

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. hai, I’m ratih, indonesia student, I’m very interesting bout this news, I hope I can study in your college,, I’m very like japan,and I graduted from vocational high school, computer and network engineriing,

  18. Hi !
    I’m Desy from Indonesia. I’m student of Computer Accounting STMIK INSAN PEMBANGUNAN at Bitung, Tangerang. I love about JAPAN.
    I wish for a scholarship Information Techology. Please share information
    and criteria to get it to my email
    or phone +6285313629626 .Okay thanks for your attention. God Bless you all.

  19. Hajimemashite.. Watashi wa mieko desu.. I’m a student in Senior High School in Indonesia. I wish, i can get scholarships in Japanese.. I’m waiting scholarships for S1/S2.. I wish I can^^ Ganbatte^^

  20. 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 ^^

  21. 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

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

  23. 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

  24. hi,i’m enok, i live in Indonesia, now i student of padjajaran university. i interested this news, but i don’t have experience in engineering. can i join with this program???

  25. Hajimemashite !
    Watashi wa agitia desu,
    Am an engineering student at Universitas Indonesia, I want to join this schoolarship, cuz I love japan, cuz it’s also my dream since I was a kid ! Could you like to tell me an info for joining it? Just give me an email pleaseee, thank’s^^

  26. 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..