Author Topic: Special Scholarship Program (SSP) for International Doctoral Students in Japan, 2014  (Read 336 times)


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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. Applications will close on September 18, 2013 for April 2014 and October 2014 (first deadline) enrollment and March 18, 2014 for October 2014 (second deadline) enrollment.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are provided in the Department of Engineering at Graduate School of Engineering.

Course Level: Scholarships are offered for pursuing the doctoral degree program.

Scholarship Provider: Kochi University of Technology

Scholarship can be taken at: Japan


(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.

(5) To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment.

(6) 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.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International students can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: 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.

Number of award (s): Number of scholarship is yet to be decided.

Duration of award (s): 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.

What does it cover?

International applicants are exempted from 300,000 yen enrollment fee.

-Tuition of 535,800 yen (per year) will be exempted.

-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 (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).

Selection Criteria: 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.

Notification: For April 2014 and October 2014 (first deadline) Enrollment: applicants will be notified by End of December, 2013

(To be notified individually). For October 2014 (second deadline) Enrollment: applicants will be notified by End of June, 2014

(To be notified individually).

How to Apply: The mode of applying is by post.

-Choose a research project from the SSP Research Project List.

-Complete and submit all required documents.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadlines are: September 18, 2013 for April 2014 and October 2014 (first deadline) Enrollment and March 18, 2014 for October 2014 (second deadline) Enrollment.

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