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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship

The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program is a joint initiative by the AfDB and Japan that aims at 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 priority development areas on the continent and abroad (including in Japan). JADS awards scholarships to applicants who have had at least 1 year of paid employment in the applicant’s home country or in other African countries acquired after receiving the first Bachelors (or equivalent university) degree within the past 3 years.This JADS program is funded by the Government of Japan.


  • The University of Tokyo - Master of International Studies, Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Sustainability Science

  • Sophia University -  Green Science and Engineering, Global Environmental Studies

  • Kyoto University - International Energy Science Course (IESC)

  • Osaka University

  • Hiroshima University - Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering, Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering

  • Kogakuin University - Electrical Engineering and Electronics Program

  • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University: Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) - Sustainability Science (SS), Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) - Development Economics (DE), Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) - International Public Administration (IPA)

  • Kyushu University - Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Science


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 a 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.


Read information posted on this website and review 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 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

  • Complete the JADS application form found on the scholarship website

  • Send documents (application form, university transcripts and certificate, CV, professional references and research proposal), to the JADS Secretariat for first screening through JADS@AFDB.ORG


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.


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