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The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship Program: A unique opportunity for prospective students

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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 Tokyo

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa Chiba 277-8563


Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Division of Environmental Sciences

Master of International Studies

Master of Environmental Studies

Master of Sustainability Science


Month of Intake: April or October


Schedule A (application period: mid June)

Schedule B (application period: mid November)

Sophia University


Office of Global Education and Collaboration

Green Science and Engineering

Global Environmental Studies

Month of Intake: September


Deadline of Application:

Web entry:Mid of March ~ Early April

Application:Mid of April

Kyoto University


Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN


International Education and Student Mobility Division

International Energy Science Course (IESC)

International Graduate Program for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies (EA Program)

Special Course in Agricultural Science – For the Global Future of Life, Food and the Environment

Global Frontier in Life Science

International Environmental Management Program

Please refer to the program website.

Hiroshima University

Graduate School of Engineering

1-4-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8527

Support Office for the fields of International Development and Cooperation

1-5-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8529


Global Initiatives Group, Department of International Affairs, International Office


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

Kogakuin University

Graduate School of Engineering


Division of international affaires

Electrical Engineering and Electronics Program

Brochure of Graduate School of Engineering


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


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


Application Deadlines are as following:

April Enrollment: October 2022.


September Enrollment: April 2022

For further information and inquiries, please contact: ​JADS@AFDB.ORG

Selection Process

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.

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.

Scholarship benefits

The JADS Scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

The JADS Scholarship does not cover:

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.

Application Procedures

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.

A Message from the Director

Welcome to the Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) program, which aspires to provide academic financial support to highly talented African students to undergo training in Japanese universities to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The JADS program provides a unique opportunity to prospective students from Africa to enrol for graduate studies in energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering, while gaining valuable experience through structured research, field assignments and internships with leading Japanese companies. It is an opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and experience to promote development in your home countries.

The program is anchored in the Bank’s High 5s development agenda for Africa’s economic transformation, by promoting capacity building through skills development in energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. It advances the implementation of the Bank’s High 5 priority areas, which strive to forge a coordinated effort to improve energy access, availability and affordability; in so doing, enhancing agricultural productivity, promoting sustainable integration and industrialization to improve the quality of life of the people of Africa.

The JADS program provides students with financial assistance in Japan, as well as seminars, individual counselling, mentorship, program retreat, peer support, job skills, and valuable experience from Japanese companies and institutions. The program is rigorous and will challenge you in ways that will increase your creativity and level of innovation, self-confidence, and your competence.  

The JADS program is an exciting opportunity with committed and caring staff who will mentor you, guide you, support you, and encourage you to be and to do your best.

We look forward to receiving your applications and wish you the very best as you join us on this journey to build a more prosperous Africa.

Yours in development,

Martha Phiri,

Director: Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, African Development Bank
Source African Development Bank Group

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