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Call or TheKochi University of Technology Special Scholarship(SSP) 3-YEAR Doctoral Program 2024 is open now!!!

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was incorporated in 2003 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.

Special Scholarship Program (SSP) is only for doctoral candidates and project-based.
Before submitting a formal application, anyone intending to apply must send a completed Online Pre-Application Request to the leader of his/her preferred SSP project via KUT Online Pre-Application Request Form at least 6 weeks before the application deadline (Please find the application deadline in the item 11 “Admission Sechedule” on this page. Only individuals who have obtained the permission of the leader of their preferred project are eligible to formally apply to the SSP program.



*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 12 below, Termination of SSP Student Status. 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.


  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.

*The system for Pre-Application is unavailable from 18:00 to 20:00 JST on the first Wednesday of every month for maintenance purposes. If the first Wednesday falls on a Japanese national holiday, maintenance will be conducted on the Wednesday of the preceding week.
The actual dates which KUT Online Pre-Application Request Form is NOT available are following:
2023- July 5th 18:00-20:00 (JST), August 2nd 18:00-20:00, September 6th 18:00-20:00, October 4th 18:00-20:00, November 1st 18:00-20:00
December 6th 18:00-20:00, December 27th 18:00-20:00
2024- February 7th 18:00-20:00, March 6th 18:00-20:00
To complete the scholarship program and acquire a doctoral degree, publication of 2 or more high level reviewed papers is required by at least two months before the completion of 3 years program.


  • International applicants are exempted from 300,000 yen of enrollment fee
  • Tuition of 535,800 yen (per year) will be exempted
  • 240,000 yen per year as a SSP Scholarship upon application
  • Up to 960,000 yen per year for working as a research assistant
  • 200,000 yen 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)


Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions:

  •   To have nationality other than Japanese
  •   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
  • To have or to be expected to acquire a master’s degree before enrollment
  • 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 here
  • To have high English proficiency
Eligible Regions: Japan

Application Process

  • Choose one research project from the SSP Research Project List
  • Send a complete Online Pre-Application Request to the leader of your preferred project via KUT Online Pre-Application Request Form and obtain the leader’s permission to apply for that SSP project. Applicants are not allowed to make Pre-Application Request more than once in a given entry period. Please note that a project leader may not contact you in the case where your pre-application request is rejected.
  • When you obtain a permission from the project leader, complete all required documents and submit them to KUT by post. The documents must reach KUT by the deadline.

    * Since it is anticipated that it will take a considerable amount of time for applicants to prepare the documents for the formal application, we strongly recommend applicants to send a pre-application request to the leader of his/her preferred project at least 6 weeks prior to the formal application deadline.

Application Deadline: July 5, 2024

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All inquiries and application documents must be addressed to: E-mail: [email protected]
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