The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project which was initiated in 2017 by the African Development Bank and Japan to award two-year scholarships to high-achieving African students to pursue post-graduate studies at master’s level in priority development areas on the continent and in Japan.
The overarching goal of the African Development Bank and the Government of Japan is to enhance skills and human resources in Africa, in keeping with the Bank’s High 5 strategic priorities, namely Feed Africa, Light Up and Power Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life of the People of Africa. These priorities are also in line with key Japanese development assistance initiatives.
The core areas of study of the Japan Africa Dream Scholarship include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from regional member countries of the African Development Bank, with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts. Candidates should apply to a graduate degree program in energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, engineering and a related discipline.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to a master’s degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates must have an excellent academic record and should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, engineering or a related area.
Applicants living or working in a country other than their home country are not eligible for scholarships.
JADS does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
Applicants must 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. The term “close relative” is defined as mother, father, sister, half-sister, brother, half-brother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
*Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to unless otherwise communicated. Eligibility criteria will not change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.
List of Universities
|University||Approved Program of Study||Month of Intake/ Deadline of Application|
|The University of TokyoGraduate School of Frontier Sciences5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa Chiba 277-8563 Contact[email protected](link sends e-mail)||【Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Division of Environmental Sciences】 Master of International StudiesMaster of Environmental StudiesMaster of Sustainability Science||Month of Intake: April or OctoberExamination:Schedule A (application period: mid June)Schedule B (application period: mid November)https://www.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/exam_e/(link is external)|
|Sophia University ContactOffice of Global Education and Collaboration[email protected](link sends e-mail)||Green Science and Engineeringhttps://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/admissions/graduate_p/english_g2/gpst.html(link is external) Global Environmental Studieshttps://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/admissions/graduate_p/english_g2/ges.html(link is external)||Month of Intake: September Deadline of Application:Web entry：Mid of March ~ Early AprilApplication：Mid of April|
|Kyoto UniversityDepartment/AddressYoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN ContactInternational Education and Student Mobility Division[email protected](link sends e-mail)||International Energy Science Course (IESC)http://www.energy.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/(link is external) International Graduate Program for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies (EA Program)http://www.econ.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kueac/(link is external) Special Course in Agricultural Science – For the Global Future of Life, Food and the Environmenthttp://www.kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/english/global30/(link is external) Global Frontier in Life Sciencehttp://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/(link is external) International Environmental Management Programhttps://www2.ges.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/(link is external)||Please refer to the program website.|
|Hiroshima UniversityGraduate School of Engineering1-4-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8527 Support Office for the fields of International Development and Cooperation1-5-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8529 ContactGlobal Initiatives Group, Department of International Affairs, International Office[email protected](link sends e-mail)||Master Program in the fields of Energy Engineering Master Program in the fields of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering||-Month of Intake: April 2022-Preliminary Survey: Oct 18-29, 2021-Application period: Nov 8-19, 2021-Exam. Period: Nov 29-Dec 8, 2021*Applicants need to enquire more detail at the Support Office -Month of Intake: April 2022 and October 2022-Preliminary Evaluation for Apr. 2022: Oct 4-8, 2021-Preliminary Evaluation for Oct. 2022: Mar. 7-11, 2022-Application Period for Apr. 2022: Nov 4-15, 2021-Application Period for Oct. 2022: Apr. 4-22, 2022*Applicants need to enquire more detail at the Support Office https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/adse/admission/m_admission(link is external)|
|Kogakuin UniversityGraduate School of Engineering ContactDivision of international affaires[email protected](link sends e-mail)||Electrical Engineering and Electronics Program Brochure of Graduate School of Engineeringhttps://www.kogakuin.ac.jp/english/fbb28u00000001il-att/graduateschool2021.pdf(link is external)|
|Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversityContacthttps://admissions.apu.ac.jp/graduate/contact_us/(link is external)||Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – Sustainability Science (SS)Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – Development Economics (DE)Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – International Public Administration (IPA)Master of Business Administration https://admissions.apu.ac.jp/graduate/(link is external)||Application Deadlines are as following:April Enrollment: October 2022. September Enrollment: April 2022|
The JADS program uses the following four factors to review eligible scholarship applications, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.
- Strength of Education Background
- Strength of Professional Recommendations
- Strength of Professional Experience
- Strength of Commitment to your Home Country
- Strength of Statement of Purpose
JADS awards scholarships to applicants who have had at least 1 year of paid employment in the applicant’s home country or in other African countries after receiving the first Bachelors (or equivalent university) degree within the past 3 years.
The JADS Secretariat uses the following criteria to select the finalists:
Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications;
Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender;
Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, appear to have limited financial resources;
Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application.
The JADS Secretariat presents the finalists to the African Development Bank’s Executive Director for Japan for approval on a rolling basis, matching the JADS partner universities admission cycle. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners soon after approval.
The JADS Scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:
- Economy class air travel between a recipient’s home country and the host university at the start of the study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship 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 scholarship. Please note that all JADS scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years at most.
The JADS Scholarship does not cover:
- VISA application(s) costs
- Expenses to bring and/or support a 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.
Note: The JADS Scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform the JADS Secretariat if you have other sources of financial support. The JADS stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the program has evidence of additional sources of support.
No separate application to the African Development Bank is necessary.
Only candidates who have been offered admission and endorsed by the university will be considered for the JADS Program.
Admission by the JADS partner university does not mean that you have been accepted for scholarship support; accordingly you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise until you have been informed by the African Development Bank that you have been awarded the scholarship.
- Request information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university.
- Submit the completed documents to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the African Development Bank.
- African Development Bank reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- African Development Bank contacts selected awardees and informs the universities.
How students can prepare for their application
Read information posted on this website and review eligibility criteria carefully.
Begin gathering required documentation for the scholarship application, including: your current curriculum vitae, proof of employment for each position since earning a Bachelor’s degree, and the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned.
Identify two professional references.
Prepare your research plan and proposal
Identify two professional references.
Take TOEFL iBT, TOEC test for English proficiency.