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.
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?
Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
Age: Between the ages of 22 and 39 (both inclusive) as of April 1st 2015.
Academic background: University degree (Bachelor Holder)
Working Experience: At least 3 years of work experience, as full-time staff,
with the respective Target Organizations and in charge
implementation, and monitoring of the policy.
Exclusions: Applicants must not be serving in the military.
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
by other foreign assistances are ineligible.
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)
| Corresponding Graduate Schools & URL
|1. Enhancement of Governance and
||1-1. Development of Governance and Financial Capacity
Finance and Economic Planning
Development Planning Commission
･Bank of Ghana
･Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
・Ministry of Trade and Industry
of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University
of Economics or Master of International Studies
|2. Improvement of Basic Social Services
||2-1. Improvement of Basic Social Services(Support for Health Policy)
･Agencies including Ghana Health Service
of International Relations (GSIR), International University of Japan
Presumed research fields:
･Mother and Child-Health
･Health policy making, monitoring and evaluation
･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
･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
･Master of Environmental Sciences
|4. Natural Resources and Energy Policy
||4-1. Energy Development Support
･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)
･Master of International Cultural Studies or Master of Interdisciplinary Studies
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
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
2. Reference Form from employer (download)
3. Colored-photocopy of your "Bachelor Diploma/Certificate of
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 (download)
To download a full set of application documents, please click here. (download)
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
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
How to Prepare for Maths Exam
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
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
Sessions for the JDS Program
you wish to attend any of the sessions, please call 054-116-1083 or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the following information.
date you wish to attend
- The organization to which you belong
- Your mobile phone number
Selection Process (tentative)
Initial Selection (Screening of
Application Documents) by graduate school faculties
Second Selection (interview) by
graduate school faculties
Third selection (interview) by
the JDS operating committee members
Announcement of the final successful candidates
Pre-departure orientation in Accra and departure for
What will be Supported by the JDS Scholarship Program?
trip tickets (Ghana to Japan) and other transportation fees.
and tuition for graduate school
allowance for rent
allowance for living costs in Japan
permissible allowances (e.g. Books, Research Expense etc.)
dependents may accompany you to Japan but their travel costs and expenses
will NOT be covered)
If you have any additional questions, please download our FAQ (download)
you need further information or wish to make an inquiry, please contact our
JDS Project Office in Accra.
Project Office in Ghana
- Address: Room no. 11, Human Resources Directorate, Ghana
Health Service, PMB Ministries, Accra. (near Tema
Hours: Mon to Fri 8:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00