Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program


The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

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

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Details on Eligibility Criteria are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, nationals of African countries must:

  • Be a national of a AfDB member country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree in the energy area (or related field) earned at least 1 years prior to the application deadline date;
  • Have 1 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JADS partner universities for a Master’s degree;
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than 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 are 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.

Application Procedures

1.  Applicant completes JADS application 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 does 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 informs partner universities.

Selection Process

The JADS program uses 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 the applicant’s 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 Secretariat presents the finalists to the AfDB’s Executive Director for Japan 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.

List of Universities


University Approved Program of Study Month of Intake/ Deadline of Application
University of Cape Town


Energy Research Centre



JADS Coordinator

Prof. Harald Winkler.

Energy Research Centre


MSc (Eng) in Sustainable Energy Engineering and MPhil in Energy & Development Studies





University of Pretoria


Engineering 2 Building, Level 4, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road. Pretoria


JADS Coordinator

Dr. George Alex Thopil

Masters in Engineering Management



Masters in Technology and Innovation Management



Application deadline: September 2018 for 2019 cohort


Programme commencement: February 2019

University of Nairobi


Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


JADS Coordinator

Mr. Johnson Kinyua.

Masters of Science in Energy Management




Masters of Science in Environmental Governance



Application deadline: March to May/31st May


Kenyatta University




JADS Coordinator

MSc in Renewable Energy Technology



Nelson Mandela Africa Institute of Science and Technology


P.O. Box 447 Arusha, Tanzania


JADS CoordinatorThomas Kivevele

·  MSc in Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering


·  MSc in Materials Science and Engineering – Energy materials



Application deadline:

No fixed timelines

University of Ghana

Department/AddressSchool of Engineering Sciences, Univ. Of Ghana, Legon-Accra Legon-Accra


JADS Coordinator

Prof. Boateng Onwona-Agyeman


Materials Science & Engineering – Graduate Program in Energy Science



August (1st-30th) / 31st March
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Department/ Address

Department of Mechanical Engineering/The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre

The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre,

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, PMB, Kumasi, Ghana


JADS Coordinator

Dr Emmanuel W. RAMDE, Director of the Brew-Hammond Energy Centre

1 Year online MSc in Renewable Energy Technologies

2 Year online MPhil in Renewable Energy Technologies




University of Ibadan


Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV)



JADS Coordinator

Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan

MSC Energy Studies




M.Sc. Sustainable Development Practice

Master in Sustainable Integrated Rural Development in Africa



Month of intake: August


Deadline of application: 30thApril 2018

University of Ouagadougou



JADS Coordinator

Prof. François Zougmoré

School of Science and Technology


University of Felix Houphouet Boigny


Address: UFR SSMT

22 BP 582 Abidjan 22


JADS Coordinator

OBROU Kouadio Olivier

Master of Energy climate and environment The deadline is:

April 15th 2018


University Approved Program of Study Month of Intake/ Deadline of Application
The University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa Chiba 277-8563


JADS Coordinator:

Associate Professor Hiroyasu Sato

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Division of Environmental Sciences


Master of International Studies

Master of Environmental Studies

Master of Sustainability Science


Month of Intake: September


Deadline of Application:

December 10 of the preceding year

Sophia University




JADS Coordinator:

Kohei Takagi (Mr.)

Office of Global Education and Collaboration


Green Science and Engineering




Global Environmental Studies



Autumn (September)

April 9 ~ April 30, 2018, 23:59 (JST)


Spring 2018 entry (April)

September 1 ~ September 22, 2017, 23:59 (JST)

– Autumn 2018 entry (September)

April 9 – April 30, 2018, 23: 59 (JST)

Kyoto University


Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN


JADS Coordinator

Benjamin C McLellan, Ph.D Associate Professor

International Energy Science Course (IESC)


October intake


Month of intake/deadline of application: 1st February


Osaka University



JADS Coordinator

Hiroshima University

Graduate School of Engineering

1-4-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8527




Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation

1-5-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8529

JADS Coordinator


Mr. Hiroaki Korekuni, International Exchange Group

1-4-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8511


[Graduate School of Engineering]


Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering



[Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation]


Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering




[Graduate School of Engineering]

-Month of Intake: April or October

– Deadline of Application

June 1st, 2018 (Case of Entrance Exam for Intake in October, 2018)


*Applicants need to enquire more detail at the Support Office of Graduate School of Engineering



[Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation]

-Month of Intake: October

– Deadline of Application

April 12nd, 2018 (Case of Entrance Exam for Intake in  October, 2018 )





Kogakuin University

Graduate School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Electronics Program


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

JADS Coordinator

Prof. Tomonori Sudo

Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – Sustainability Science (SS)
Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – Development Economics (DE)
Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) – International Public Administration (IPA)


Application Deadlines are as following:
2019 April Enrollment: October 24th, 2018.
2019 September Enrollment: April 3rd 2019
Kyushu University

Graduate school of Engineering

JADS Coordinator

Jiro Inamura

Graduate school of Engineering

Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Science

For further information and inquiries, please contact: ​JADS@AFDB.ORG


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