Ghana

29/10/2021

NEWS

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

24/09/2021

NEWS

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

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship in Ghana 2022

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) Program, 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 academic year 2022. The courses will be taught in English and will take two years for Fellows enrolled as Master’s students and three years for 1 Fellow enrolled as a Ph.D. student. The total number of participants from Ghana will be 13 (12 Master’s & 1 Ph.D.) 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
27/09/2021 Mon 10:00am-11:00am GIDA GIDA Conference Room Accra
1:00pm-2:00pm MO Energy, VRA, GNPC, GNGC, NPA, Pet Com, Energy Com, GRIDCo, BOST, ECG & other agencies MO Energy Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI & other agencies MoTI Conference Room
28/09/2021 Tue 9:30am-10:30am OHCS, MoTI, GSS, NDPC, MFARI, GIPC, MOP, MRH & other agencies OHCS Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies OHCS Conference Room
2:00pm-3:00pm Ministry of Land and Natural Resource MLNR Conference Room
29/09/2021 Wed 10:00am-11:00am Local Government Service OHLGS conference Room
11:30am-12:30pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies OHCS Conference Room
2:30pm-3:30pm Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development MLGRD Conference Room
30/09/2021 Thu 10:00am-11:00am ECG ECG Circle Project Office Conference Room
1:00pm-2:00pm GIS GIS Conference Room
01/10/2021 Fri 10:00am-11:00am MOF, GRA & other agencies MOF Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm BOG BOG Conference Room
04/10/2021 Mon 3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room Ho
05/10/2021 Tue 9:00am-10:00am GRA GRA Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Agric. Conference Room
1:30pm- 2:30pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies Regional Training Centre Conference Room
3:30pm-4:30pm ECG,VRA, GRIDCo ECG Conference Room
06/10/2021 Wed 1:00pm-2:00pm VRA, GRIDCo VRA Conference Room Akosombo
3:00pm-4:00pm ECG ECG Conference Room
07/10/2021 Thu 3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room Koforidua
08/10/2021 Fri 9:00am-10:00am MOH, GHS & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Regional Department Agriculture Conference Room
1:30pm- 2:30pm GRA GRA Conference Room
3:00pm-4:00pm ECG,VRA, GRIDCo ECG Conference Room
12/10/2021 Tue 9:00am-10:00am NEDCo NEDCo Clubhouse Tamale
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Agric. Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm MOH, GHS & other Agencies RHD Training Unit Conference Room
3:00pm-3:30pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room
4:00pm-5:00pm BOG BOG Conference Room
18/10/2021 Mon 3:00pm-4:00pm MoTI, GSS MoTI Conference Room Cape Coast
19/10/2021 Tue 9:30am-10:30am MOH, GHS & other Agencies Regional Health Directorate Conference Room
11:00am-12:00pm MOFA, GIDA & other Agencies Agric. Conference Room
1:30pm-2:30pm GRA GRA Conference Room
3:30pm-4:30pm ECG,VRA, GRIDCo ECG Conference Room

Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

  1. Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of Ghana.
  2. Age: Up to 41 years old as of 1st April, 2022.
  3. Academic background: University degree (Bachelor Holder for MA applicants/MA Holder for Ph.D. applicants)
  4. Working Experience: At least 3 years of work experience in civil service(at least 4 years work
    experience for Bank of Ghana, GRA, LGS & Department of Agric.), as full-time staff, at MOF, BOG, NDPC, GSS, MFARI, MoTI, GIPC, MLGRD, MOP, OHCS, LGS, MESTI, MOC, MRH, MOH, GHS, MOFA, GIDA, MOEn, GNPC, GNGC, VRA, ECG, GRIDCo, NEDCo, NPA, EC, PC, BOST, MLNR, GIS and
    their departments / agencies
  5. Applicants must have strong willingness to work for the development of Ghana on their return home.
  6. Participants must be in good health, both mentally and physically.
  7. 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 and Rural Development (MLGRD)
  • Ministry of Planning (MOP)
  • 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 (MOC)
  • ; 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 and Rural Development (MLGRD)
  • Ministry of Planning (MOP)
  • 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 (MOC)
  • ; 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

2021 3rd November Application deadline
10th November Math examination (Kobe University, Nagoya University, Nagasaki University, Kyushu University and Hiroshima University)
2022 Mid. January Initial Selection (Screening of Application Documents) by graduate school faculties
January English Examination (Nagoya University, Nagasaki University and Kyushu 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
September – October Enrolment at Graduate School in Japan

List of 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

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 3rd November (Wed), 2021.

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 3rd November (Wed), 2021.

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

A. Application Guidelines

  1. Application Guidelines download: PDF

B. Application Documents

  • Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University & Hiroshima University
    full set of application documents download: Word PDF
  • Nagoya 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, Kyushu 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 ‘Component’ (development issues), be an offered program 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: 10th November (Wed), 2021

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 / 020-142-4369).

  • 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 / 020-142-4369

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/