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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program For International Students

Postgraduate Scholarship

Study in Japan

Deadline: Varies with institution

About Scholarship

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.


The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.


Broadly speaking, nationals of African countries must:

  1. Be a national of a AfDB member country;
  2. Be in good health;
  3. Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree in the energy area (or related field) earned at least 1 years prior to the application deadline date;
  4. Have 1 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  5. Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JADS partner universities for a Master’s degree;
  6. Applicants living or working in a country other than his or her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  7. JADS does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  8. 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.

Application Process

1. Applicant requests for application information from any African partner university.

2.  Applicant receives application forms of 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 informs partner universities.

9.  AfDB organizes a seminar of all scholars at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

How to apply

When the scholarship 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 scholarship 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.

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