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About JDS Project
Are You Interested in Studying in Japan?
Here We Offer a Great Program for You!
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.
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
- Application Guidelines (download PDF)
B. Application Documents
- full set of application documents (download
[Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University & Hiroshima University]
- full set of application documents (download
[Nagoya University & Nagasaki University]
- Application form (download
- Reference form from employer (download
- The certified copy of your "Bachelor/Certificate of degree"
- Original or a certified copy of your "Official Transcript (University-level)"
- Colored photocopy of your ID document
- Proof of your English language skill [Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University & Hiroshima University only] (download
- Photocopy of Appointment letter
- Registration form (download
- Checklist for application documents to be submitted (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 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).
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.
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.