International PhD Scholarship Program in Japan

Deadline: 18 September 2013 (first deadline) /18 March 2014 (second deadline)
Open to: International candidates holding Master degree
Scholarship: around 1,000,000 yen per year, free enrollment and tuition fee


Kochi University of Technology (KUT) offers special scholarship program for international students to pursue doctoral degree within the department of Engineering at Graduate School of Engineering.

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) was 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 while at the same time assisting their host professor as a research assistant. Through this program KUT wishes to expand and deepen international ties with academic and educational institutions all over the world.

Check the offered research projects HERE.


Eligible to apply are candidates who have:

  • nationality other than Japanese
  • 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
  • have or to be expected to acquire a master’s degree before enrollment
  • excellent academic records in both bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment
  • intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work as a research assistant in one of the research projects listed
  • high English proficiency


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 being below the standard for SSP students or in the case of behavior which is deemed inappropriate for an SSP student.

The scholarship covers:

  • 240,000 yen per year as an 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

International applicants are exempted from 300,000 yen enrollment fee, as well as tuition of 535,800 yen (per year).


Choose a research project from the SSP Research Project List and complete and submit all required documents, listed HERE by mail to the following address:

International Relations Division
Kochi University of Technology
Tosayamada, Kami-City, Kochi 782-8502

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. The interview and other formalities will be held at a place that will be appointed separately.

The application deadlines are:

  • 18 September 2013 – first deadline – for April 2014 and October 2014 enrollment
  • 18 March 2014 – second deadline – for October 2014 enrollment

All inquiries address to: [email protected] 

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