Special Scholarship Program (SSP) at Kochi University of Technology (KUT) for International Students

August 31st, 2019 Posted in Scholarship news

The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) 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, Kochi University of Technology (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.

Type of Program: 3-year doctoral program, Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering


  1. To have permission from the leader of the applicant’s preferred SSP project to apply for that project
  2. 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
  3. To be 35 years old or under at the time of enrollment
  4. To have an excellent academic record and strong bachelor’s and master’s degrees from reputable universities
  5. To have the intention, adequate knowledge and research skill to work in the research project
  6. To have high English proficiency

Scholarship Coverage: Fully funded

Application Timeframe:

Application deadline: September 13, 2019 (April 2020 Enrollment) / March 13, 2020 (October 2020 Enrollment)

***Application instructions:  Before submitting a formal application, anyone intending to apply must send a completed Pre-Application Request to the leader of his/her preferred SSP project. SSP Research Project List is here

(Use KUT official Pre-application Request form.) Only individuals who have obtained the permission of the leader of their preferred project are eligible to formally apply to the SSP program.

Please see the following website for detailed information.


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