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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 2016. 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?

  1. (a) Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
  2. (b) Age: Between the ages of 22 and 39 (both inclusive) as of April 1st 2016.
  3. (c) Academic background: University degree (Bachelor Holder)
  4. (d) Working Experience: At least 3 years of work experience (4 years' experience for Bank of Ghana), as full-time staff,
         with the respective Target Organizations and in charge of formulation, implementation, and monitoring of the policy.
  5. (e) Exclusions: Applicants must not be serving in the military.
  6. (f) Applicants must have a strong willingness to work for the development of Ghana on their return home.
  7. (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.
  8. (h) Participants must be in good health, both mentally and physically.
  9. (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. Improvement of administrative capacities and institutional development 1-1. Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies

Target Organizations
•Ministry of Finance (MOF)
•National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
•Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)
•Bank of Ghana
•Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA)
•Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)
•Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC)
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University

Presumed research fields:
•Economic Policy
•Financial Policy
•Fiscal Management
•Poverty Reduction
•Quantitative Analysis (Econometrics, Statistics),ļ½„International Trade
•SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) Policy
•Educational Development Policy

Degree offered:
•Master of Economics or Master of International Studies
2. Revitalization of rural areas 2-1. Improvement of basic living environment (Support for strengthening capacities for implementing health policies)

Target Organizations
•Ministry of Health (MOH)
•Ghana Health Service (GHS) & other agencies
School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University
Department of Global Health: Tropical Medicine Course,
International Health Development Course and Health Innovation Course


Presumed research fields:
•Mother and Child-Health
•Community Health
•Health policy making, monitoring and evaluation

Degree offered:
•Master of Public Health
•Master of Science in Global Health
3. Agriculture / Rural Development 3-1. Rice Production and Agriculture Development Support

Target Organizations
•Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)
•Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) & other agencies
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 Science
•Agricultural Economy
•Agricultural Policy
•Agricultural Geography
•Agricultural Engineering

Degree offered:
•Master of Environmental Sciences
4. Natural Resources and Energy Policy 4-1. Energy Development Support

Target Organizations
•Ministry of Power
•Ministry of Petrolem
•Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
•Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)
•Volta River Authority (VRA)
•Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo)
•Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)
•Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)
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 6th (Fri), 2015.
Please submit the application documents to the JDS Project Office by November 6th (Fri), 2015.
Application documents will not be returned for any reason. Late submission and/or incomplete application documents will NOT be accepted.

A. Application Guidelines

  1. 1. Application Guidelines (download)

B. Application Documents

  1. 1. Application Form (download)
  2. 2. Reference Form from employer (download)
  3. 3. Colored-photocopy of your "Bachelor Diploma/Certificate of degree"
  4. 4. The certified copy of your "Official Transcript (University-level)"
  5. 5. Colored-photocopy of your ID Document
  6. 6A. Proof of your English language skill (download) (Kobe)
  7. 6B. Certificate or English Proficiency Waiver Request (download) (U. of Tsukuba)
  8. 6C. Proof of Completion of Study in English Language at University (download) (Tohoku U)
  9. 6D. English Language Test result (IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC) for the past 2 years (Nagasaki U) (Needed only when applicants pass the second screening)
  10. 7. Appointment letter
  11. 8. Registration Form (download)
  12. 9. Checklist for Application Documents to be submitted (download)
  13. To download a full set of application documents, please click here. (download)

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 Math Exam (Kobe, Tsukuba, & Tohoku U)

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

Date Day Time Organization Venue Place
28/09/2015 Mon 2:00pm-3:00pm MoTI MoTI Conference Room Accra
29/09/2015 Tue 9:30am-10:30am MOF,GSS,MoTI,MFA,BOG,GIPC MOF Conference Room
2:00pm-3:00pm MOH,GHS & other Agencies MOH Conference Room
30/09/2015 Wed 10:00am-11:00am MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies MOFA Resource Centre
2:00pm-3:00pm MOP,ECG,VRA,GNPC,GNGC, GRIDCo MOP Conference Room
01/10/2015 Thu 10:00am-11:00am ECG,VRA Electro-Volta House 6F Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm BOG BOG Conference Room
02/10/2015 Fri 10:00am-11:00am NDPC NDPC Conference Room
05/10/2015 Mon 9:00am-10:00am MOH,GHS & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Training Unit Conference Room Tamale
11:00am-12:00pm NEDCo,VRA VRA NEDCo Club House
1:00pm-1:30pm MoTI MoTI Conference Room
2:00pm-3:00pm MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies MOFA Conference Room
06/10/2015 Tus 9:00am-10:00am MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies MOFA Conference Room Bolgatanga
11:00am-12:00pm NEDCo,VRA NEDCo Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm MOH,GHS & other Agencies Ghana Health Service In-Service Training and Conference Centre,Off RCC Road
3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room
08/10/2015 Thu 9:00am-10:00am MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies Cadbury Hall, e Agriculture Centre Kumasi
11:00am-12:00pm MOH,GHS & other Agencies RHD Conference Room(opposite Catering Rest House)

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)

2015 November 6th

Application deadline

Maths Exam
December Initial Selection (Screening of Application Documents) by graduate school faculties
2016 February Second Selection (interview) by graduate school faculties
Health Check-up
March Third selection (interview) by the JDS operating committee members
Announcement of the final successful candidates
August 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 (download)
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