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28th June 2019

2019/2020 Fully Sponsored (JADS) Scholarship Program

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with Japanese government introduces yet another Fully funded, all expense paid Scholarship for 2019/2020 called Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program.

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The Japan Africa Scholarship Program (known also as JADS) – is a capacity building in energy sector through skills development for sustainable development. It is a joint initiative by the AfDB and Japan that aims to provide two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo a two-year Master’s degree program in priority development areas on the continent and abroad (including in Japan). This JADS program is funded by the Government of Japan. The overarching goal that the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in a number of priority areas pertaining to science and technology with a special focus on the energy sector.

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The JADS Program is open to all applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experiences and a contributing effort to their countries’ development efforts and who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.

The scholarship program takes care of tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare (to Japan and Back), health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their program of studies, the scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their various countries.

Scholarship Benefits

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Apart from the basic provisions the scholarship covers, for scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for research and thesis preparation. In special cases, computer literacy, preparatory language, and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship. Please note all JADS scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program of not more than two years.

The JADS Scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs (you will be responsible for this on your own)
  • Expenses to bring and/or support scholar’s family members (allowed but at your own expense);
  • Extra-curricular activities or training;
  • extra Language training not covered by the graduate program (basic language training may be required and this is covered);
  • Additional travel during the period of the study program;
  • Expenses related to extra educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational tools such as computers or engineering tools.

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Note: The JADS Scholarship may only supplement but does not duplicate any other financial sources you have- in case you have another scholarship or funding. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship in this program, you must inform the JADS about your other sources of scholarship funds. The JADS stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period evidence of additional sources of support were discovered.

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Eligibility Criteria

The JADS program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university (you should have applied for a masters degree course in a partner university and have been granted admission). Candidates should be less than 35 years as at application date; must be in good health;  already with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Broadly speaking, nationals of African countries must:

  • Be a national of an AfDB member country (Click here for a full list of AfDB Member countries);
  • Be in good health;
  • Have a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree in the energy area (or related field) earned at least 1 years before the application deadline date;
  • Have 1 year or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor degree;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JADS Progam partner universities for a Master’s degree;
  • Applicants living or working in any other country apart from his or her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  • JADS does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the African Development Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions will be made. Eligibility criteria will not change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.

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Selection Process

The JADS makes uses of the following four main factors and the degree of cohesion, to review eligible scholarship applications, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

  1. Quality of Education Background
  2. Quality of Professional Recommendations
  3. Quality of Professional Experience
  4. Quality of Commitment to your Home Country
  5. Quality of Statement of Purpose

JADS awards scholarships to applicants who have had at least 1 year of paid employment in their home country or in other African countries acquired after receiving the first Bachelors (or equivalent university) degree within the past 3 years.

The JADS Secretariat uses the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards, that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications;
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender;
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, appear to have limited financial resources
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application.

The JADS program Secretariat presents the finalists to the AfDB’s Executive Directors for approval on a rolling basis, matching the JADS partner universities admission cycle. A seminar is held for all finalists in each cycle at the AfDB’s Headquarters. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners to the partner universities soon after approval.

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Application Procedure

1.  The applicant completes the Progam application form (Click to download form)

2.  Applicant sends documents (Application form, University Transcripts and certificate, CV, Professional References and Research Proposal), to the JADS Secretariat for first screening through JADS@AFDB.ORG

3.  JADS Secretariat sends shortlist of candidates to selected Japanese universities

4.  Universities do second screening and share selected students with JADS Secretariat

5.  JADS Secretariat recommends awardees based on its selection criteria to the Japanese Executive Director for approval.

6.  AfDB contacts selected awardees and inform partner universities.

Closing date is August 30, 2019

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