About JDS Project

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Program in Ghana, Nepal, and El Salvador, 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 your country 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 : Ghana, Nepal, El Salvador
Ghana El Salvador          Nepal

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

What’s new!

Nov 18, 2022


Application for the doctoral programme is closed at noon on 18th November 2022.

Nov 07, 2022


Application for the doctoral programme is open. It will be closed at noon on 18th November 2022.

Nov 04, 2022


Up next: math exam for Kobe university, Nagoya university, Nagasaki university, Kyushu university and Hiroshima university applicants on the 9th of November.

Details for the math exam will be sent to all applicants by mail.

Oct 01, 2022


The deadline of applications is 2nd November 2022.

Sep 29, 2022


Application for the master’s programme was closed at noon on 29th Septembr 2022.