Kochi University Technology (KUT) 2023 Special Scholarship Program for Doctoral Students

Kochi University Technology (KUT) 2023 Special Scholarship Program for Doctoral Students

Brief Description: Kochi University of Technology (KUT) was established in 1997, originally as a private university. The Kochi prefectural government founded it, ambitiously setting KUT’s sights on becoming a world-class university through the pursuit of unique excellence. KUT’s revolutionary design, introducing innovations never before seen in universities in Japan, contributed greatly to the development of university education. Despite its relatively small scale, KUT has had a strong presence with its distinctive character and progressive education system.

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was established in 2003 to support the university’s advanced research 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. Each SSP student must bear in mind that they would work a minimum of 50 hours per month for a specific research project, and must report his/her research achievements and study to the dean of the Graduate School of Engineering at the end of each semester which will be evaluated by the dean of the Graduate School of Engineering

Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

Host University: Kochi University of Technology

Country of Study: Japan

Targeted Demography: International students

Degree Type: Postgraduate

Duration: 6-7 months

Fellowship Sponsor: Kochi University of Technology


  • 150,000 yen per month for research project work
  • 150,000 yen for travel and living expenses (but only for international students outside Japan who hope to get a Japan student status at the time of entry into the country)
  • exempted from the 30,000 yen entrance examination fee. Also exempted from paying the enrollment fee of 300,000 yen and the 535,800 yen per year tuitions fee

Award Sponsor: Kochi University of Technology

Eligibility Conditions:

  • Must be 35 or above in age
  • Have excellent academic results with strong Bachelors and Masters degrees from reputable universities
  • Good in the English Language
  • Must be scheduled to get the masters degree before the university’s enrolment date
  • Wants to, is knowledgeable and skilled to work in one of the designated research projects

How to Apply:

  • Choose one research project from the SSP Research Project List
  • Send a completed Pre-Application Request to the leader of your preferred project by e-mail and obtain the leader’s permission to apply for that SSP project. Only one pre-application request should be sent to the project leader during a given enrollment period. The project leader’s email address is provided in the project’s description. Please note that a project leader may not contact you in the case where your pre-application request is rejected.
  • When you obtain the permission of the project leader, complete all required documents and submit them to KUT by post. The documents must reach KUT by the deadline.

All inquiries and application documents must be addressed to:
International Relations Section
Kochi University of Technology
Tosayamada, Kami City
Kochi 782-8502, JAPAN
Tel: +81-887-53-1130
E-mail: international@ml.kochi-tech.ac.jp

For more details, visit the KUT website

Official Website: https//www.kochi-tech-ac.jp

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