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The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program is now available for all new African students to pursue a two year masters degree programme. This is a fully funded scholarship available to study in Japan.

The main purpose that the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Japan want to achieve is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in a number of priority areas relating to science and technology with a special focus on the energy sector.

Application deadline for this scholarship is 31 August, 2019.

Scholarship Value

The JADS Scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between their home country and the host university at the start of the study program and immediately following the end of the program period.
  • Tuition for a graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for research and thesis preparation. In special circumstances, computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses may be covered under the program. Please note all JADS scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

Scholarship do not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.

Entrance Requirements: 

To be eligible for this application you must meet the following requirements:

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Details on Eligibility Criteria are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, nationals of African countries must:

  • Be a national of an AfDB member country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree in the energy area (or related field) earned at least 1 years prior to the application deadline date;
  • Have 1 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enrol in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JADS partner universities for a Master’s degree;
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his or her home country are not eligible for programmes .
  • JADS does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the African Development Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

How to Apply

Applicants must, in parallel, apply for admissions to one or more of the partner universities and apply for a JADS scholarship through an open call typically announced within the 2nd quarter of a calendar year.

When the application opens, the finalized list of selected programs, the application guidelines, and a finalized list of eligibility criteria will be available on this site. The application must be completed through the university of choice and include two professional references. Note that if the applicant is admitted to several master degree programs, he/she must choose the one they should be considered for JADS funding. Japanese JADS partner universities will send shortlisted applicants to AfDB for review and selection. JADS awardees will be invited for a seminar at AfDB Headquarters prior to their travel to Japan.

  1. Applicant requests for application information from any African partner university.
  2. Applicant receives application forms from their preferred Japanese partner institution.
  3. Applicant completes required documents for application including JADS information sheet.
  4. Applicant sends documents to the selected Japanese partner university.
  5. University sends shortlist of candidates to AfDB.
  6. AfDB review submission from universities.
  7. AfDB recommends awardees based on its selection criteria to the Japanese. Executive Director for approval
  8. AfDB contacts selected awardees and inform partner universities.
  9. AfDB organizes a seminar of all scholars at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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