Ghana

01/10/2022

NEWS

The deadline of applications is 2nd November 2022.

20/09/2022

NEWS

Online application system for JDS Ghana starts from 1st October.

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship(JDS) in Ghana 2023

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) , 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 2023 academic year. The courses will be taught in English and will take two years for Fellows enrolled as Master’s students. The total number of participants from Ghana will be 12 Master’s students 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.


Promotion Seminar Schedule

Date Day Time Organization Venue Place
26/09/2022 Mon 10:00am-11:00am Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation MOCD Conference Room Accra
11:30am-12:30pm MO Energy, VRA, GNPC, GNGC, NPA, Pet Com, Energy Com., GRIDCo & other agencies MO Energy Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm MESTI MESTI Conference Room
3:30pm-4:30pm BOG BOG Conference Room
27/09/2022 Tue 10:00am-11:00am MRH MRH Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm MOFA, GIDA, Depart. of Agric. and other agencies PPMED Conference room, MOFA Accra
28/09/2022 Wed 9:30am-10:30am Local Government Service OHLGS conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm OHCS, GIS, NDPC, MFARI, GIPC, MRH & other agencies OHCS Conference Room
1:00pm-2:00pm MoTI MoTI Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm Ministry of Land and Natural Resource MLNR Conference Room
29/09/2022 Thu 9:30am-10:30am MOF/GRA MOF Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies RHD Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm MOH & other agencies MOH Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm Ministry of Local Government Decentralization and Rural Development MLGDRD Conference Room
30/09/2022 Fri 10:00am-11:00am ECG ECG Circle Project Office Conference Room
1:00pm-2:00pm Energy Commission Energy Commission Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm BOST BOST Conference Room
03/10/2022 Mon 11:30am-12:30pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies Sanbra Hotel Conference Room Hwidiem
1:30pm-2:30pm Depart. of Agric., MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Asunafo North Municipal Conference Room Goaso
3:00pm-4:00pm GRA GRA Conference Room
04/10/2021 Tue 9:30am-10:30am GRA GRA Conference Room Sefwi-Wiawso
11:00am-12:00pm Depart. of Agric., MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Municipal Assembly Hall
1:30pm- 2:30pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies Bodi District Assembly Conference Hall Bodi
07/10/2022 Fri 9:30am-10:30am GRA GRA Conference Room Takoradi
11:30am-12:30pm Depart. of Agric., MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Regional Director’s Office Sekondi
1:30pm-2:30pm MOH, GHS, MOTI & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm ECG, VRA, GRIDCo ECG Conference Room
10/10/2022 Mon 9:30am-10:30am GRA GRA Conference Room Koforidua
11:00am-12:00pm MOH, GHS, MOTI & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room
1:00pm- 2:00pm Depart. of Agric., MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Conference Room of Regional Department of Agric.
3:00pm-4:00pm ECG, VRA, GRIDCo ECG Conference Room

Briefing Session SchedulePDF

Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

  1. Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
  2. Age: Up to 41 years old as of 1st April, 2023.
  3. Academic background: Bachelor’s Degree or above
  4. Working Experience:
    • at least 3 years of work experience as a full-time public servant.
    • at least 4 years of work experience as a full-time staff before departure for Japan for civil servants, LGS and Department of Agric.
    • at least 4 years of work experience as a full-time staff before the deadline for submission of application for Bank of Ghana and GRA.
    • at least 4 years of work experience as a full-time staff after receiving Bachelor’s degree for departure for Japan for Ghana Health Service.
  5. Target Organizations: MOF, BOG, NDPC, GSS, MFARI, MoTI, GIPC, MLGDRD, OHCS, LGS, MESTI, MOCD, MRH, MOH, GHS, MOFA, GIDA, MOEn, GNPC, GNGC, VRA, ECG, GRIDCo, NEDCo, NPA, EC, PC, BOST, MLNR, GIS and their departments / agencies
  6. Applicants must have strong willingness to work for the development of Ghana on their return home.
  7. Participants must be in good health both mentally and physically.
  8. Persons must have proficiency in English sufficiently fluent for studying in Japan.

Who is ineligible?

  1. Applicants must not be serving in the military.
  2. Persons who are currently receiving, planning to receive or who have previously acquired a master’s degree after studying abroad on a scholarship awarded through other foreign assistance are ineligible.

Fields of study, target organizations and corresponding graduate schools

Sub-Program
(Target Priority Area)
Component
(Development Issues)
Corresponding Universities
1.
Improvement of administrative capacities and institutional development
1-1.
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Economist

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Finance(MOF)
  • Central Bank (Bank of Ghana, BOG)
  • Other departments and agencies for MOF and BOG
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS),
KOBE UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public finance
  • Economic policy
  • Trade policy
  • Investment policy
  • Public & private debt
  • SMEs
  • Privatization and private sector development
  • Financial development
  • Monetary policy

Obtainable Degree

  • Master in Economics
1-2.
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Finance Administrator

Target Organizations

All target organizations in Component 1-1 (Economic Sector), Component 2-1 (Health Sector), Component 3-1 (Agriculture Sector), and Component 4-1 (Energy Sector).

  • National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
  • Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI)
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)
  • Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
  • Ministry of Local Government,Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD)
  • Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS)
  • Local Government Service (LGS)
  • Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH)
  • Ghana Immigration Service (GIS)
  • Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)
  • Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MOCD)
  • ; and their departments/agencies
Graduate School of International Development (GSID), The Economic Development Policy and Management (EDP&M) program
NAGOYA UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public Financial Management
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Policy Strategy
  • Debt Sustainability Analysis
  • Government Bond Market
  • Macroeconomic Forecasting (Revenue forecasting)
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Monetary Policy
  • Income Distribution Policy
  • Trade Policy
  • Industry Policy
  • Tourism Policy
  • Foreign Direct Investment

Obtainable Degree

  • Master in International Development
1-3.
Support for strengthening capacities for public administration

Target Organizations

All target organizations in Component 1-1(Economic Sector), Component 2-1 (Health Sector), Component 3-1 (Agriculture Sector), and Component 4-1(Energy Sector).

  • National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
  • Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI)
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)
  • Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
  • Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD)
  • Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS)
  • Local Government Service (LGS)
  • Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH)
  • Ghana Immigration Service (GIS)
  • Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)
  • Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MOCD)
  • ; and their departments/agencies
Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR), Global International Relations Program
RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • International Relations
  • Economic and Industrial Development
  • International Finance
  • International Development Finance, and Macroeconomic Development Studies
  • International Economics
  • Energy Development and Environmental Issues
  • Socioeconomic Development and Public Policy
  • Agricultural and Rural Development

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Arts in International Relations
2.
Revitalization of rural areas
2-1.
Improvement of basic living environment (support for strengthening capacities for implementing health policy)

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Ghana Health Service (GHS)
  • Other departments/agencies of Health
School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH),
NAGASAKI UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Maternal and child health
  • Community health
  • Formulation, monitoring and evaluation of health policies

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Public Health
3.
Agriculture/rural development
3-1.
Rice production and agriculture development support

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)
  • Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA)
  • Other departments/ agencies of Agriculture
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences,
KYUSHU UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Agricultural crop distribution policy
  • Agricultural mechanization administration/agricultural mechanization company management
  • Rice production infrastructure development and rice quality control
  • Irrigation and water environmental engineering

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Science
4.
Natural resources and energy
4-1.
Energy development support

Target Organizations

  • Ministry of Energy (MOEn)
  • Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
  • Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)
  • Volta River Authority (VRA)
  • Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo)
  • Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)
  • The National Petroleum Authority (NPA)
  • Energy Commission (EC)
  • Petroleum Commission (PC)
  • Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST)
  • Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MLNR)
  • Other departments/ agencies of Energy
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, International Economic Development Program,
HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY

Website

Presumed Research Fields

  • Policies in the resource sector
  • Energy policy (oil and gas resources)
  • Energy policy (electric power)

Obtainable Degree

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of International Cooperation Studies
  • Master of Philosophy

Selection Process

2022 2nd November Application deadline
9th November Math examination (Kobe University, Nagoya University, Nagasaki University, Kyushu University and Hiroshima University)
December English Examination (Kyushu University)
2023 Mid. January Initial Selection (Screening of Application Documents) by graduate school faculties
January English Examination (Nagoya University and Nagasaki University)
February Second Selection (interview) by graduate school faculties
Health Check-up
March Third selection (interview) by the JDS operating committee members
Announcement of the final successful candidates
July – August Pre-departure orientation in Accra and departure for Japan
August Post-arrival orientation in Tokyo
September – October Enrolment at Graduate School in Japan

List of universities

Sub-Program
(Target Priority Area)
Component (Development Issues) /
Corresponding Universities
Improvement of administrative capacities and institutional development
Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Economist

KOBE UNIVERSITY PDF

Support for strengthening capacities for administering economic policies and public financial management for Finance Administrator

NAGOYA UNIVERISITY PDF

Support for strengthening capacities for public administration

RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY PDF

Revitalization of rural areas
Improvement of basic living environment (support for strengthening capacities for implementing health policy)

NAGASAKI UNIVERSITY PDF

Agriculture/rural development
Rice production and agriculture development support

KYUSHU UNIVERSITY PDF

Natural resources and energy
Energy development support

HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY PDF

Application Documents

Submit Application documents to JDS Project Office

  • 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 2nd November (Wed), 2022.

    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 2nd November (Wed), 2022.

    Application documents will not be returned for any reason. Late submission and/or incomplete application documents will NOT be accepted.

Online application

  • Access the online application system from the JDS Ghana Official Website (https://scholarship.jds21.com/) and submit the application documents online before 0:00 am 3rd November 2022.

    A. Application Guidelines

    1. Application Guidelines download: PDF

    B. Application Documents

    • Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University & Hiroshima University
      full set of application documents download: Word PDF
    • Nagoya University, Kyushu University & Nagasaki University
      full set of application documents download: Word PDF
    1. Application form
      download:Word PDF
    2. Reference form from employer
      download:Word PDF
    3. The certified copy of your “Bachelor/Certificate of degree”
    4. Original or a certified copy of your “Official Transcript (University-level)”
    5. Colored photocopy of your ID document
    6. Proof of your English language skill
      Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University & Hiroshima University only
      download:Word PDF
    7. Photocopy of Appointment letter
    8. Registration form
      download:Word PDF
    9. Checklist for application documents to be submitted
      download:Word PDF

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 ‘Sub-Program’(Target Priority Area) and ‘Component’ (development issues), should be a program offered 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: 9th November (Wed), 2022

    The duration of the math examination is approximately 60 minutes 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 following links:
    https://scholarship.jds21.com/useful-information-for-applicants/

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need further information or wish to make an inquiry, please contact our JDS Project Office in Ghana (Tel: 059-651-7785 / 020-926-5121).

  • Qualifications

    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 a Master’s Degree holder. Can I apply?
    A. Yes, you may apply except the case you obtained your Master’s degree funded through other foreign assistance.
    Q. I have received a scholarship from another country. Can I apply to JDS?
    A. No. If you have ever received (or planning to receive) another scholarship through other foreign assistance, you are NOT eligible to apply. Likewise, if you have already had your master’s degree, sponsored through 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 for JDS Program alumni. Contact JDS Project office for details.
  • Applications

    Q. I graduated from 2 universities, which university degree should I submit?
    A. You should submit the certified copies of the Degrees from both universities in that case.
    Q. My University does not give my official transcript directly to me. 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 the research plan?
    A. Please carefully read the instructions written in the Guidelines as well as the instructions written in the Form of a Research Plan. JDS staff members will also guide you on 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 a 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 or 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 for another scholarship. Can I apply for both scholarships?
    A. No. This is grant aid’s scholarship. You can’t apply for several scholarships. You have to choose one scholarship only.
  • Life in Japan

    Q. If I were selected for JDS Scholarship Program, what allowance will 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 cannot. You MUST return to Ghana after obtaining Master’s degree through 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 at your own expense and must ensure that it doesn’t impact your academic work negatively. If you travel overseas for any reason other 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.

Contact

JDS Project Office in Ghana

Address: Room 4 & 5, Ground Floor, Annex Building, at Office of the Head of Civil Service, Accra

Tel: 059-651-7785 / 020-926-5121

Email: ghana.jds@gmail.com

Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00

Website: https://scholarship.jds21.com/