About JDS Project

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Program, funded by the Government of Japan, and being executed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supports human resource development by providing young leaders from target countries with full scholarships for graduate degrees in top Japanese Universities.

JDS fellows are expected to contribute to the socio-economic development of their country, by actively engaging in policy formulation and implementation of social and economic development policies when they complete the program and return to their home country.

Through the JDS program, young leaders are also able to understand the Japanese society, learn about mutual interests and work towards common goals. The JDS program, encouraging academic exchange in various fields, also acts as a tool for strengthening bilateral relations.


Claims Auditor, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana

Masters Program: Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan, 2014-2016.

PhD Program: International Development Corporation, Hiroshima University, 2020-2023.

Gokarna Mani Duwadee

Principal Secretary, Office of the Chief Ministers and Council of Ministers, Province No. 2, Janakpur, Nepal.

University: Meiji University, Graduate School of Governance Studies, 2016-2018


What will be supported by the JDS Scholarship Programme?
The JDS Scholarship Programme provides you with:

  • Round trip air ticket (between Nepal and Japan) and other transportation fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival allowance
  • Admission and tuition fees for graduate school
  • Housing preparation allowance
  • Monthly allowance for living costs in Japan
  • Other permissible allowances (e.g. books, domestic travelling, seminar fees)
  • Shipping allowance
  • Your dependents may be accompanied to Japan, but their travel costs and expenses will NOT be covered.

To learn more about the JDS programme in your county :

To learn more about the overview of the JDS Programme:
JICA Website (External Link)

What’s new!

Oct 11, 2021


The application for Mastera’s Programme is now closed.

Sep 28, 2021


The applications for Master’s Programme are now being accepted.

Sep 24, 2021


Online application system for Ghana JDS is currently not available. We will notify once it is available.

Sep 01, 2021


The application for the master’s and doctoral programme of intake 2022 is now open.