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JICA Fully Funded Scholarships for African Students at Japanese Universities, 2017


Deadline: September 1, 2017

JICA has been appointed to implement a master’s degree and internship program within the ABE Initiative framework developed for countries whose official requests have been approved by the Government of Japan. The objective of Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the ABE Initiative is to support young personnel who have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in Africa.

This program offers opportunities for young African personnel (hereafter referred to as “participants”) to study at master’s courses in Japanese universities and experience internships at Japanese enterprises. This program intends to foster excellent personnel who can recognize and understand the contexts of Japanese society and systems of Japanese enterprises so as to contribute Africa’s development in collaboration with Japanese private  3/12 sector. The expected outcome of the program is a network of potential contributors to the development of African industries who will also lead Japanese private sector to engage further in economic activities in/towards Africa.

Location: Japan


JICA will provide the following expenses for the participants of the program which is equivalent to similar JICA schemes.

  • Tuition at Japanese university master’s degree programs (and research student)
  • Allowances for living expenses, outfit, shipping etc. See the box below for more 10/ 12 details
  • A round-trip airfare
  • Expenses for support programs during the study in Japan, including the costs of observation tours and internship
  • Other costs should be covered by the participants’ organizations or other individuals.


  • Citizens of one of the 54 African countries
  • Between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st in the year of your arrival in Japan)
  • Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background)
  • Applicants for the category of “Government Officials” and “Educators” are required – to have more than 6 months working experience at their current organizations, and
    – to obtain permission for application and securing reinstatement from their current organizations
  • Have adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete the master’s course
  • Clearly understand the objectives of this program, and to have a strong will to contribute to the industrial development of their home countries as well as to strengthen the linkage between their countries and Japan after returning home
  • Applicants must:
    – be in good health condition to complete the program,
    – not receive or plan to receive a scholarship offered by other foreign organizations, and
    – attend the activities on the weekends in unavoidable circumstances (ex. official exam)

Eligible Regions: Open For All


Apply through the given website.

Application Form

Visit the Official Scholarship Website for more details.
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  1. Mengistayehu Tenaw

    Do you have Medical sciences in MSc??

  2. Alemu Kebede
    I am a garduate of MSc Degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management and i want to procceed further education. How do you help me?

  3. I hold masters of science degree ” Mechanical Engineering ” and would like to further ???

  4. Abel S. Gabie
    I am a Liberian from West Africa, and and I’m interested in the Bachelor of Science program .

  5. Abdikadir Galgalo Borte

    I am graduate of bachelor of Education science want to do masters with ABE initiative program kindly advice my eligibilities!


    I am a graduate of Master of business administration finance major and would like to do a PHD in management or PHD financial engineering. Kindly get back to me.

  7. I am a graduate of bachelor of science in Accounting and would like to do masters in business administration or accounting and finance please advice me on my eligibility

  8. Fekadu Mahader Getachew

    how can i apply?

  9. Ukpeba Douglas efemo

    How can I apply for Japanese scholarship i am interested in ur scholarship i am holder of HND in mechanical engineering i want to study environment engineering postgraduate diploma in ur scholarship university in Japan. +23408067376725

  10. My name is omar danso am from Gambia west Africa am interested in your programs probably bachelor in agriculture…i attend a program in Japan jica 2014 on low land rice cultivation techniques for small scale and extension for Africa. I am working under the ministry of agriculture Gambia.

  11. Mosisa Abebe Gobena

    I graduated in wate resources and environmental engineering in 2014 .so I want to learn dam engineering in masters degree in Japan.

  12. Hello I am a Ugandan, I am a graduate of bachelor of science with education, please kindly advice me on my eligibility

  13. Mugabo jean Marie vianney

    Am mugabo jean Marie vianney from Rwanda am graduated in finance and am interested in your program and I would like to proceed my studies thank you

  14. My name is stellah from Tanzania,I want to take bachelor of medical legal or bachelor of nurse midwife what should I do.am a nurse midwife with diploma

  15. hi friends i am a graduate of civil engineering since 2014…..i want to learn master program by material engineering in japan and other country……please inform me

  16. I’m a Malawian with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, I looking forward to pursue Masters degree in. Development economics or business administration.

  17. I want to apply for PhD, in earthquake(structural engineering) . pleas in inform me the steps.

  18. I am Fanuel, a Tanzanian, am a graduated in community development major in project planning and management.
    I wish to take a master in either community economics or public health.
    Kindly, I would like to know something about application procedures.

  19. i now work for an organisation outside my country. I’m i still eligible to apply for the JICA scholarship?

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