2016/2017 Special Scholarship Program (SSP) in Japan for International Doctoral Students

2016/2017 Special Scholarship Program (SSP) in Japan for International Doctoral Students

Kochi University of Technology offers special scholarship program for international students to pursue doctoral degree within the
department of Engineering at Graduate School of Engineering. The scholarship is awarded for one year but 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.

School(Institutions/Country): Kochi University of Technology 

Level: Doctoral Degree

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Field(s): Scholarships are awarded in the Department of Engineering at Graduate School of Engineering.

Deadline: September 16, 2016.

Funded By: Kochi University of Technology

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Special Scholarship Program is targeted for international students.

Award No: No more than 3 SSP students

‣ Scholarship Duration: Scholarship is offered for one year but 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 below:

(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 an SSP student.

Scholarship covers:

1) Exemption from 30,000 yen entrance fee, 300,000 yen enrollment fee and 535,800 yen/year tuition fee.

(2) To support living expenses, 150,000 yen/month is paid for research project work.

(3) 150,000 yen is provided 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)

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) 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.


In order to be eligible for the Special Scholarship Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  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.
To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment.
To have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work as a research assistant in one of the research projects listed.
  7. To have a high English proficiency.
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Selection Criteria for Special Scholarship Program

‣ 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.


‣ Applicants will be notified about Primary Screening Result by End of November, 2016 and about Admission Decision by End of December, 2016.

Scholarship Application Method


(1) Choose one or two research project(s) from the SSP Research Project List

(2) Complete and submit all required documents by post

*Please  refer to List for SSP Application Documents

Application Form

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on September 16, 2016 .

‣ All required documents listed below must arrive at the International Relations Division by the deadline. The documents submitted will not be returned.

  • Application form
  • Original bachelor’s degree academic transcript
  • Original master’s degree academic transcript
  • Original master’s degree certificate in English.
  • -Past fields of study in English — approximately 1 page.
  • Research outline in English — Research outline which you plan to do at KUT, approximately 1 page.
  • Two signed recommendation letters
  • Original certificate of health in English issued within the past 6 months.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

 It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about Special Scholarship Program


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