Kochi University of Technology’s Special Scholarship Program (SSP)

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Kochi University of Technology’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, 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.

Fields of Research Projects

Material and Life Systems Engineering (Kami Campus) Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering (Kami Campus) Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering (Kami Campus) Information Systems Engineering (Kami Campus) Infrastructure Systems Engineering (Kami Campus) Economics and Management (Eikokuji Campus)


Candidates must:

  • have or be scheduled to acquire a master’s degree before the KUT enrollment date;
  • be 35 years old or less at the time of enrollment;
  • have an excellent academic record and strong bachelor’s and master’s degrees from reputable universities;
  • have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work in one of the designated research projects;
  • have high English proficiency.


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Scholarship exemption from 30,000 yen entrance examination fee, 300,000 yen enrollment fee and 535,800 yen/year tuition fee; to support living expenses, 150,000 yen/month(1080 Eur) is paid for research project work; for travel and initial living costs 150,000 yen is provided (for 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).

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