Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program
About the JADS program
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.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
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.
BackgroundThe Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity-building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa is under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus 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 JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
What can an applicant do before the call?
Read information posted on this website and review the eligibility criteria carefully.
Begin gathering required documentation for the scholarship application, including your current curriculum vitae, proof of employment for each record of employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree, and a certified copy of 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 score report
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
Details on Eligibility Criteria are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.
Broadly speaking, nationals of African countries must:
Be a national of an AfDB member country;
Be in good health;
Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree in the energy area (or related field) earned at least 1 years prior to the application deadline date;
Have 1 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
Be accepted unconditionally to enrol in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JADS partner universities for a Master’s degree;
Applicants living or working in a country other than his or her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
JADS does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
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.
*Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. 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.
The JADS Scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:
Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of the study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period.
Tuition for a graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.
For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for research and thesis preparation. In special circumstances, computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship. Please note all JADS scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.
The JADS Scholarship does not cover:
VISA application(s) costs
Expenses to bring and/or support scholar's family members;
Extra-curricular courses or training;
Language training not provided by the graduate program;
Additional travel during the course of the study program;
Expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
Educational equipment such as computers.
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 if you have other sources of scholarship funds. The JADS stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the program has evidence of additional sources of support.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
No separate application to AfDB is necessary.
Only candidates who have been offered admission and endorsed by the university will be considered for the JADS Program.
The JADS does not cover expenses for the scholar's family; extra-curricular courses or training; additional travel during the course of the study program; additional expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, or participation in workshops, seminars, or internships while at the university or purchase of educational equipment such as computers.
Completion of the application form or admission by the JADS partner university does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; accordingly, you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise, until you have been informed by AfDB that you have been awarded a scholarship.