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Fully Funded JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program JFY2023

Applications for the JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth JFY2023 are currently being accepted from qualified and exceptional African students through the Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Long-Term) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Knowledge Co-Creation Program’s (Long-Term) goal is to provide chances for students from developing countries to attend Japanese higher education institutions while also assisting them in expanding their social networks.

About JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program

This is intended to assist in the human resource development plans of the governments of developing countries and Japan, and eventually to expand and strengthen bilateral ties between the developing countries and Japan.

JICA-DSP is being carried out by JICA as part of official development assistance (ODA) by the government of Japan. JICA-DSP is offered for international scholars accepted as the participants of JICA’s Human Resource Development Project who are enrolled in a degree program at a Japanese university.

This program is to support young generation willing to contribute to the development of industries in Africa. – to foster persons that bridge between Africa and Japan through deep understanding of Japanese society and Japanese business culture. September 2023 – August, 2026 (Maximum period) – 6 months as a research student if applicable – 1 or 2 years as a Master’s student – Internship after graduation for the limited participants only. 


Brief description | JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program

Scholarship Sponsor(s): JICA, Japan

Host Institution(s): Japan Universities

Scholarship Worth: Fully-funded

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Masters Degree

Nationality: Africans


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants must be Citizens of one of the 54 African countries
  • Applicants must be Less than forty (40) years of age (as of April 1st 2023)
  • Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background) For more information, please check the website of the Universities
  • Applicants for the category of “From the Private Sector” are required:
  • To have working experiences
  • Not to be employed by Japanese companies at the timing of joining the program (arriving in Japan)
  • Applicants for the category of “From Government” are required:
  • To have more than 6 months working experience at their current organizations and
  • To obtain permission for application, and
  • To secure reinstatement from their current organizations.
  • Any employment before university completion is not considered as working history. Only full-time working with acquisition of diploma, such as night school, is approved as working experience.
  • English Language Proficiency: Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete the Master’s Degree such as; TOEFL iBT :80 / CEFR :B2 (estimated score) -The required level of English for admission may differ according to university.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted by email to the following addresses: kouakouchantal.co@jica.go.jp / co_oso_rep@jica.go.jpThe subject of the email should be as follows: “[ABE Initiative FY2023] Submission of Application”.

For the applicants who apply for FY2023, in principle, application procedures will start by JICA overseas offices contacting the respective countries’ governments and other relevant organizations to provide detailed information about the program.

Application Form for ABE Initiative Program FY2023 consists of:

  • Personal Information
  • Educational Background
  • Present Organization and Nomination
  • Work Experience
  • Declaration
  • Check List
  • Declaration of desired university placement (Annex 1)
  • Details of Current and Previous Work, Research Plan and Career Plan after Graduation (Annex 2)
  • Medical History (Annex 3)
  • Score of English examination (if any)
  • Undergraduate Graduation Certificate
  • A copy of “Officially certified copies of the original” is acceptable
  • Must be written in English or be accompanied with official translation in English (3) Academic transcript
  • Must contain all the grades earned in the university attended by the applicant.
  • A copy of “Officially certified copies of the original” is acceptable
  • Must be written in English or accompanied with official translation in English. A copy of Valid Passport with photo (for checking nationality, name, sex, and date of birth). Valid National ID and birth certificate are acceptable if you do not have Passport. Certified English translation must be attached if ID is not written in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). 2 ID Photos (4 cm×3 cm) pasted on application form (Original and copy). Photocopy of the certificate of official English Tests etc. (if any). Health certificate (in JICA format) to be submitted after the 4th Selection (applicants who cannot provide certificates may be rejected).
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