Special Scholarship Program in Doctoral Degree at Kochi University in Japan 2020
Kochi University of Technology

Special Scholarship Program in Doctoral Degree at Kochi University in Japan 2020

Japan 21 Mar 2021


جامعة كوتشي للتكنولوجيا هي جامعة محافظة في توسا يامادا، كامي، كوتشي، اليابان. بعد تأسيسها في عام 1997، كان الأستاذ ياسوهارو سويماتسو أول رئيس لها. تخدم جامعة كوتشي للتكنولوجيا 2056 طالبًا جامعيًا و 224
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Kochi University of Technology (KUT) in Japan is offering the Special Scholarship Program (SSP) which was established in 2003 in order to support the development of advanced research at the university through the contribution of highly capable doctoral students. Through the 3-year curriculum, KUT provides comprehensive education in the multidisciplinary environment. Every year, 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. This program is for those who have strong intention to engage in his/her research projects for the whole three years acquiring profound knowledge and skill and ability to become a full-fledged researcher, and aspire to satisfy the degree requirements accordingly. It is designed to help diligent and talented students with limited financial resources, especially foreign students from emerging countries, who are ready to devote themselves to the expected research and related studies for the coming three years so as to finally accomplish their academic goal.

Fields of Research Projects:

  • Environmental 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)

Completion Requirements:

  • 3 years' enrollment in a doctoral program at KUT
  • 10 or more doctoral course credits earned
  • Successful completion of the doctoral dissertation defense after receiving a preliminary assessment more than one year in advance of the defense.
  • 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.


  • 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 is paid as salary for research project work. *Student must pay some amount of taxes from this salary.
  • 150,000 yen is provided for travel and initial living costs (given only to international applicants who are living outside Japan).
  • 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.
  • International students can receive assistance in finding single accommodation.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions:

  • To have permission from the leader of the applicant's preferred SSP project to apply for that project.
  • 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.
  • To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment.
  • To have an excellent academic record and strong bachelor's and master's degrees from reputable universities.
  • To have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work in the research project.
  • To have high English proficiency.

About Kochi University:

Kochi University of Technology is a prefectural university in Tosa Yamada, Kami, Kōchi, Japan. After its founding in 1997, Professor Yasuharu Suematsu was its first president. Kochi University of Technology serves 2056 undergraduate students, 224 Master students and 74 Doctoral students (as of May 1, 2013).

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