Are You Interested in Studying in Japan?
Here We Offer a Great Program for You!

The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Program, funded by the Government of Japan, is now accepting applications from government sector workers, who wish to obtain a Master's degree, from Japanese Universities, starting from the academic year 2015. The courses will be taught in English and will take two years. The total number of participants from Ghana will be 10 per year.

The Japanese government is offering the JDS Scholarship Program to government officials in Ghana as a way of providing them with opportunities for academic research at Japanese graduate schools.

The JDS Scholarship program targets, primarily, highly capable young government officers who are expected to engage in formulating and implementing social and economic development plans and to become leaders of Ghana in the 21st century.

Who is Eligible?

(a) Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
(b) Age: Between the ages of 22 and 39 (both inclusive) as of April 1st 2015.
(c) Academic background: University degree (Bachelor Holder)
(d) Working Experience: At least 3 years of work experience, as full-time staff, with the respective Target Organizations and in charge
  of formulation, implementation, and monitoring of the policy.
(e) Exclusions: Applicants must not be serving in the military.
(f) Applicants must have a strong willingness to work for the development of Ghana on their return home.
(g) Persons who are; currently receiving, planning, or who have previously acquired, a master's degree after studying abroad on a
  scholarship awarded by other foreign assistances are ineligible.
(h) Participants must be in good health, both mentally and physically.
(i) Persons must have proficiency in English, sufficiently fluent for studying in Japan.

What Can I Study?

In accordance with the objectives of the JDS Scholarship Program, the fields of study are mainly limited to the "Social Sciences", such as, Law, Economics, and Public Policy. The Program contains "Sub-Programs" and "Components" which are equivalent to target areas and development issues, and these are related to the social and economic development policies of Ghana.


Fields of Study and Corresponding Graduate Schools

(Target Priority Area)
(Development Issues)
 Corresponding Graduate Schools & URL
1. Enhancement of Governance and Financial Administration 1-1. Development of Governance and Financial Capacity

Target Organizations
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
National Development Planning Commission
Ghana Statistical Service
of Ghana
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
・Ministry of Trade and Industry

Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University

Presumed research fields:
Economic Policy
Financial Policy
Fiscal Management

Degree offered
Master of Economics or Master of International Studies

2. Improvement of Basic Social Services  2-1. Improvement of Basic Social Services(Support for Health Policy)

Target Organizations
Ministry of Health
Agencies including Ghana Health Service

Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR), International University of Japan

Presumed research fields:

Mother and Child-Health
Community Health
Health policy making, monitoring and evaluation

Degree offered
Master of Economics or Master of International Relation, or Master of Arts in Public Management

3. Agriculture / Rural Development 3-1. Rice Production and Agriculture Development Support

Target Organizations
Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
Grains and Legumes Development Board
・Irrigation Company of Upper Region
・National Food Buffer Stock Company

Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Presumed major subjects:
Strengthening the capacity of governmental officers to contribute towards policy-making in the health sector.

Presumed research fields:

Agricultural products marketing policy
Regional development and agricultural development
・Administration of agricultural engineering and agricultural management
・Development of infrastructure for agricultural production, water supply / treatment, including quality control and processing
・Sustainable agriculture

Degree offered:
Master of Environmental Sciences

4. Natural Resources and Energy Policy 4-1. Energy Development Support

Target Organizations
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
Ghana National Petroleum Corporation
Ghana National Gas Company
・Volta River Authority
・Ghana GRID Company
・Electricity Company of Ghana
・Northern Electricity Distribution Company
・Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University

Presumed research fields:

National resources policies
・Energy policies (oil and gas)
・Energy policies (electricity) or energy engineering (electricity)

Degree offered:
Master of International Cultural Studies or Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Application Documents

Application documents may be downloaded from the link provided below. Please ensure that the application is printed out in A4 size paper. Please refer to the
Application Guidelines during completion, and ensure submission of a full set of application documents. Applications should be delivered in person, or via courier, to the JDS project office in Accra. The application deadline is November 7th (Fri), 2014.
Please submit the application documents to the JDS Project Office by November 7th (Fri), 2014.
Application documents will not be returned for any reason. Late submission and/or incomplete application documents will NOT be accepted.

A. Application Guidelines


1. Application Guidelines (download)

B. Application Documents


1. Application Form (download)
2. Reference Form from employer (
3. Colored-photocopy of your "Bachelor Diploma/Certificate of degree"
4. The certified copy of your "Official Transcript (University-level)"
5. Colored-photocopy of your ID Document
6A. Proof of your English language skill (
download) (Kobe and IUJ)
6B. Certificate or English Proficiency Waiver Request (download) (U. of Tsukuba)
6C. Proof of Completion of Study in English Language at University (download) (Tohoku U)
7. Registration Form (download)
8. Checklist for Application Documents to be submitted (

To download a full set of application documents, please click here. (

How to Prepare Your Research Plan

Before you begin writing your research plan, you are recommended to carefully review the
'Graduate School Information' section to make sure that the graduate school of your choice offers an appropriate curriculum and has faculty members relevant to your research plan. You can obtain more information by, visiting the websites of individual graduate schools, or by visiting the JDS Project Office.

NOTE: Your research plan should be consistent with; one of the aforementioned
'Component' (development issues), be an offered program by the graduate school of your application, and correspond to the overall objectives of the organization to which you belong. For more information, please refer to the Application Guidelines.

How to Prepare for Maths Exam

The maths examination is of approximately 60 minutes duration and consists of: arithmetic operations, solving fractions, equations, inequalities, matrixes, basic quadratic functions, basic operations of exponential and logarithmic functions, basic integral and differentiation, etc.

Exam scores will be used for reference purposes during initial selection by the accepting universities. Please, prepare yourself for the exams!

In addition, the University of Tsukuba and Tohoku University require English examination also. Specific details will be provided by the JDS Project Office.

Briefing Sessions for the JDS Program

Coming soon!

If you wish to attend any of the sessions, please call 054-116-1083 or send an email to with the following information.

  • Which date you wish to attend
  • Your name
  • The organization to which you belong
  • Your mobile phone number

Selection Process (tentative)



November 7th


Application deadline

Maths Exam


Initial Selection (Screening of Application Documents) by graduate school faculties



Second Selection (interview) by graduate school faculties
Health Check-up


Third selection (interview) by the JDS operating committee members
Announcement of the final successful candidates


Pre-departure orientation in Accra and departure for Japan

What will be Supported by the JDS Scholarship Program?

  • Round trip tickets (Ghana to Japan) and other transportation fees.
  • Arrival/shipping allowance
  • Admission and tuition for graduate school
  • Accommodation allowance for rent
  • Monthly allowance for living costs in Japan
  • Other permissible allowances (e.g. Books, Research Expense etc.)

(Your dependents may accompany you to Japan but their travel costs and expenses will NOT be covered)

More Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please download our FAQ (
If you need further information or wish to make an inquiry, please contact our JDS Project Office in Accra.

JDS Project Office in Ghana

  • Address: Room no. 11, Human Resources Directorate, Ghana Health Service, PMB Ministries, Accra. (near Tema Bus Station)
  • Tel: 054-116-1083
  • Email:
  • Office Hours: Mon to Fri 8:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00