The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship in Ghana 2021

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About JDS Project

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The Project 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 2021. The courses will be taught in English and will take two years. The total number of participants from Ghana will be 12 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.

Promotion Seminar Schedule

NOTE: Slight changes might occur to the schedule in the coming week. Please check the schedule frequently.
Updated on 2020/10/12

Date / DayTimeOrganizationVenuePlace
05/10/2020
Mon
11:00am-12:00pm MO Energy, VRA, GNPC,GNGC, NPA, Pet Com, Energy Com, GRIDCo, BOST, ECG & other agencies MO Energy Conference Room Accra
06/10/2020
Tue
9:30am-10:30am OHCS, MoTI, GSS, NDPC, MFARI, GIPC, MOP, MRH & other agencies OHCS Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies
1:30pm-2:30pm Ministry of Land and Natural Resource MLNR Conference Room
08/10/2020
Thu
1:30pm-2:30pm MOF(Online), GRA& other agencies OHCS Conference Room
09/10/2020
Fri
11:00am-12:00pm Local Government Service OHLGS conference Room
1:30pm- 2:30pm MOH,GHS & other Agencies OHCS Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI, GSS, NDPC, MFARI, GIPC, MOP, MRH & other agencies MoTI Conference Room
14/10/2020
Wed
9:00am-10:00am GRA GRA Conference Room Tamale
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies Agric. Conference Room
1:30pm- 2:30pm NEDCo &VRA NEDCo Clubhouse
16/10/2020
Fri
9:00am-10:00am MOH,GHS & other Agencies UW Regional Directorate Conference Room Wa
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies Regional Directorate of Agric. Conference room
1:30pm-2:30pm GRA GRA Conference Room
3:30pm-4:30pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room
19/10/2020
Mon
9:00am-10:00am ECG ECG Conference Room Kumasi
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies PPMED conference room MOFA Cadbury Hall, Agriculture Centre
1:30pm-2:30pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room(opposite Catering Rest House)
4:30pm-5:00pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room
20/10/2020
Tue
9:00am-10:00am GRA GRA Conference Room
21/10/2020
Wed
9:00am-10:00am MOH,GHS & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room Takoradi
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA,GIDA & other Agencies Agric. Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm ECG ECG Conference Room
22/10/2020
Thu
9:00am-10:00am GRA GRA Conference Room

Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

  1. Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
  2. Age: Up to 41 years old as of 1st April, 2021.
  3. Academic background: University degree (Bachelor Holder)
  4. Working Experience: At least 3 years of work experience in civil service(at least 4 years work experience for Bank of Ghana, GRA, LGS & Department of Agric.), as full-time staff, at MOF, BOG, NDPC, GSS, MFARI, MoTI, GIPC, MLGRD, MOP, OHCS, LGS, MRH, MOH, GHS, MOFA, GIDA, MOEn, GNPC, GNGC, VRA, ECG, GRIDCo, NEDCo, NPA, EC, PC, BOST, MLNR and their departments / agencies
  5. Applicants must have a strong willingness to work for the development of Ghana on their return home.
  6. Participants must be in good health, both mentally and physically.
  7. Persons must have proficiency in English, sufficiently fluent for studying in Japan.

Who is ineligible?

  1. Applicants must not be serving in the military.
  2. Persons who are currently receiving, planning to receive, or who have previously acquired, a master's degree after studying abroad on a scholarship awarded by other foreign assistances are ineligible.

Fields of study, target organizations and corresponding graduate schools

Sub-Program
(Target Priority Area)
Component
(Development Issues)
Corresponding Universities
1.
Improvement of administrative capacities and institutional development
1-1.
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Economist

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Finance(MOF)
  • Central Bank (Bank of Ghana, BOG)
  • Other departments and agencies for MOF and BOG
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS),
KOBE UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public finance
  • Economic policy
  • Trade policy
  • Investment policy
  • Public & private debt
  • SMEs
  • Privatization and private sector development
  • Financial development
  • Monetary policy

Obtainable Degree

  • Master in Economics
1-2.
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Finance Administrator

Target Organizations

All target organizations in Component 1-1 (Economic Sector), Component 2-1 (Health Sector), Component 3-1 (Agriculture Sector), and Component 4-1 (Energy Sector).

  • National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
  • Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI)
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)
  • Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD)
  • Ministry of Planning (MOP)
  • Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS)
  • Local Government Service (LGS)
  • Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH)
  • ; and their departments/agencies
Graduate School of International Development (GSID), The Economic Development Policy and Management (EDP&M) program
NAGOYA UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public Financial Management
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Policy Strategy
  • Debt Sustainability Analysis
  • Government Bond Market
  • Macroeconomic Forecasting (Revenue forecasting)
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Monetary Policy
  • Income Distribution Policy
  • Trade Policy
  • Industry Policy
  • Tourism Policy
  • Foreign Direct Investment

Obtainable Degree

  • Master in International Development
1-3.
Support for strengthening capacities for public administration

Target Organizations

All target organizations in Component 1-1(Economic Sector), Component 2-1 (Health Sector), Component 3-1 (Agriculture Sector), and Component 4-1(Energy Sector).

  • National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
  • Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI)
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)
  • Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD)
  • Ministry of Planning (MOP)
  • Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS)
  • Local Government Service (LGS)
  • Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH)
  • ; and their departments/agencies
Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR), Global International Relations Program
RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • International Relations
  • Economic and Industrial Development
  • International Finance
  • International Development Finance, and Macroeconomic Development Studies
  • International Economics
  • Energy Development and Environmental Issues
  • Socioeconomic Development and Public Policy
  • Agricultural and Rural Development

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Arts in International Relations
2.
Revitalization of rural areas
2-1.
Improvement of basic living environment (support for strengthening capacities for implementing health policy)

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Ghana Health Service (GHS)
  • Other departments/agencies of Health
School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH),
NAGASAKI UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Maternal and child health
  • Community health
  • Formulation, monitoring and evaluation of health policies

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Public 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 departments/ agencies of Agriculture
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences,
KYUSHU UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Agricultural crop distribution policy
  • Agricultural mechanization administration/agricultural mechanization company management
  • Rice production infrastructure development and rice quality control
  • Irrigation and water environmental engineering

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Science
4.
Natural resources and energy
4-1.
Energy development support

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Energy (MOEn)
  • Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
  • Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)
  • Volta River Authority (VRA)
  • Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo)
  • Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)
  • The National Petroleum Authority (NPA)
  • Energy Commission (EC)
  • Petroleum Commission (PC)
  • Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST)
  • Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MLNR)
  • Other departments/ agencies of Energy
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, International Economic Development Program,
HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Policies in the resource sector
  • Energy policy (oil and gas resources)
  • Energy policy (electric power)

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of International Cooperation Studies
  • Master of Philosophy

Selection Process

20204th NovemberApplication deadline
11th NovemberMath examination (Kobe University, Nagoya University, Nagasaki University, Kyushu University and Hiroshima University)
2021Mid. JanuaryInitial Selection (Screening of Application Documents) by graduate school faculties
JanuaryEnglish Examination (Nagoya University, Nagasaki University and Kyushu University)
FebruarySecond Selection (interview) by graduate school faculties
Health Check-up
MarchThird selection (interview) by the JDS operating committee members
Announcement of the final successful candidates
July - AugustPre-departure orientation in Accra and departure for Japan
September - OctoberEnrolment at Graduate School in Japan

List of universities

Improvement of administrative capacities and institutional development
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Economist
KOBE UNIVERSITY
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Finance Administrator
NAGOYA UNIVERISITY
Support for strengthening capacities for public administration
RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY
Revitalization of rural areas
Improvement of basic living environment (support for strengthening capacities for implementing health policy)
NAGASAKI UNIVERSITY
Agriculture/rural development
Rice production and agriculture development support
KYUSHU UNIVERSITY
Natural resources and energy
Energy development support
HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY

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 4th (Wed), 2020.

Please submit the application documents to the JDS Project Office; Room 4 & 5, Ground Floor, Annex Building, at Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), by 17:00 on November 4th (Wed), 2020.

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 PDF)

B. Application Documents

  • full set of application documents (download Word / PDF)
    [Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University & Hiroshima University]

  • full set of application documents (download Word / PDF)
    [Nagoya University & Nagasaki University]

  1. Application form (download Word / PDF)
  2. Reference form from employer (download Word / PDF)
  3. The certified copy of your "Bachelor/Certificate of degree"
  4. Original or a certified copy of your "Official Transcript (University-level)"
  5. Colored photocopy of your ID document
  6. Proof of your English language skill [Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University & Hiroshima University only] (download Word / PDF)
  7. Photocopy of Appointment letter
  8. Registration form (download Word / PDF)
  9. Checklist for application documents to be submitted (download Word / PDF)

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 University, Nagoya University, Nagasaki University, Kyushu University and Hiroshima University)

Math Examination Date: November 11th (Wed), 2020

The math examination is of approximately 60 minutes duration and consists of basic math: 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!

You can download the previous year's exam paper from the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need further information or wish to make an inquiry, please contact our JDS Project Office in Ghana (Tel:054-116-1083 / 020-142-4369).

Qualifications

Q. Who is eligible to apply to JDS Program?
A. Regarding the eligibility, please refer to page 9 of Application Guidelines.

Q. Do I need to take English and Math examinations?
A. Math exam is required for applicants for Kobe, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kyushu University. On the other hand, applicants for Nagoya, Nagasaki and Kyushu University are obliged to take English exam. If you have taken an IELTS within the last 2 years and can submit the official copy of your score record, you do not need to take it again. However, there is no exception for the math exam. The problems in the math exam will be those you have learned at junior-high and high schools.

Q. How about GPA score?
A. We do not have any borderline for GPA score.

Q. I am Master's Degree holder. Can I apply?
A. Yes, you may apply except the case you obtained your Master's degree funded by any foreign assistance.

Q. I have received a scholarship from other country. Can I apply to JDS?
A. No. If you have ever received (or planning to receive) another scholarship from other foreign assistance, you are NOT eligible to apply. Likewise, if you have already had your master's degree, sponsored by other foreign assistance, you are also NOT eligible to apply.

Q. I don't speak Japanese. Can I apply to JDS?
A. Yes, you can. In the Japanese Universities selected for JDS Program, all courses are taught in English.

Q. Does JDS Program fund me for PhD course as well?
A. Yes, there's 1 slot available each year open for JDS Program alumni. Contact JDS Program office for detail.

Applications

Q. I graduated from 2 universities, but which Degree of university should submit?
A. You should submit the certified copies of the Degrees from 2 universities in that case.

Q. My University does not give my official transcript directly to myself. What should I do?
A. Please ask your university to send the transcript directly to our JDS Office. You also need to let us know that the transcript will be sent to our JDS Office later on.

Q. How do I prepare research plan?
A. Please carefully read the instructions written in the Guidelines as well as the instructions written in the Form of Research Plan. JDS staff members will also guide you how to prepare the research plan, upon your request.

Q. I only have diploma. Am I eligible to apply?
A. No. You must possess at least university degree in order to apply.

Q. How do I know if I passed the process of document screening or not? Can I call JDS Office and ask?
A. All applicants who passed and did not pass the screening will be informed by JDS Office. Any inquiries for the result of the selection by applicants are NOT allowed.

Q. Can I have my application documents back if I do not pass the selection?
A. No. all application documents will not be returned.

Q. I am planning to apply to another scholarship. Can I apply to both scholarships?
A. No. This is grant aid's scholarship. You can't apply to several scholarships. You have to choose one scholarship only.

Life in Japan

Q. If I were selected for JDS Scholarship Program, what allowance can I receive?
A. As to the allowance you will receive in Japan, please refer to page 13 of Application Guidelines.

Q. Is it okay to bring my dependents and stay with them in Japan?
A. Yes, you can stay with your dependents (spouse/children) in Japan, but only after 3 months from your arrival in Japan unless your university prohibits you from doing so. All the procedures required you to do for your dependents' stay in Japan shall be carried out by yourselves. JDS Program will not cover the cost necessary for your families: e.g. travel insurance, air ticket, living cost, and VISA. Your Family will be taken care of under your responsibility.

Q. Can I work in Japan?
A. No, you are not allowed to have any job or work for a living. However, the teaching or research assistantship which is provided by your Accepting University is exceptional.

Q. Can I drive automobiles in Japan?
A. No. You are not permitted to drive cars or motorcycles unless there is any special reason which was permitted by the JDS Operation Committee.

Q. Can I stay in Japan after the completion of Master's program in order to continue my education or be employed in Japan?
A. No, you may not. You MUST return to Ghana after obtaining Master's degree by JDS Scholarship Program.

Q. Can I come back to Ghana or travel overseas for short-term while I am staying in Japan?
A. Yes, you may come back to Ghana with your own expense and responsibility that doesn't impact your academic work. If you travel overseas for any other reason than thesis research purpose, your scholarship will be suspended from the day of departure from Japan until the day of return in case of private travel. The scholarship will be paid up to 60 days in the case of the thesis research.

Q. Please tell me about University support system.
A. It depends on the university which you enroll. Normally, teaching assistant/s and tutor/s will support your studies and academic life.