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International Doctoral Scholarships in Engineering, Japan

Kochi University of Technology (KUT)

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 (excl. Japanese students) while at the same time assisting their host professor as a research assistant (RA). Through this program Kochi University of Technology (KUT) wishes to expand and deepen international ties with academic and educational institutions all over the world.

Course Level: Doctoral Program (3 years), Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering

Enrollment time: April/October

Scholarship term: One year

*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.

Obligations

1. The SSP student must work as a research assistant in a specific research project. However, the total paid working hour per week for students with “Student” status of Japanese redidence, should not exceed 28 hours per week.

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 reports will be evaluated.

Benefits

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

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

3. 240,000 yen per year as a SSP Scholarship upon application.

4. Up to 960,000 yen per year for working as a research assistant.

5. 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)

Eligibility: Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions

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.

7. To have high English proficiency.

Application Process

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

2. Complete and submit all required documents.

Admission Decision: 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 (hopefully in your home country).

Deadline: Sept 18, 2012 & March 18, 2013

Special Notice

1. If you are still working towards your master’s degree, a verified original master’s degree certificate in English or Japanese from your university will be required before your enrollment can be completed. If you are not able to produce such a document, you will not be enrolled.

2. In any case where a SSP Student is selected as a recipient of another institution’s scholarship, the scholarship as described in 6-will be canceled, and his/her monthly pay for working as a research assistant will be adjusted.

3. KUT will provide appropriate single accommodation for successful applicants whose resident status in Japan is “Student.” If you desire to bring your family members and live with them in Japan, you must initiate your own apartment rental.

4. To complete the doctoral program as a SSP Student, you need to meet all of the following conditions.

a. 3 year’s enrollment in the school

b. 10 or more credits

c. successful completion of the doctoral thesis defense

d. publication of two or more high level reviewed papers

Termination of SSP student Status

SSP student status will be terminated in the following cases

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 a SSP student.

Official Address: All inquiries and application documents must be addressed to:

International Relations Division

Kochi University of Technology

Tosayamada, Kami City

Kochi 782-8502, Japan

Tel: +81-887-53-1130

Fax: +81-887-57-2000

For more information: please visit www.kochi-tech.ac.jp

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