Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program


The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program – capacity building in energy sector through skills development for sustainable development– is a joint initiative by the AfDB and Japan that aims at providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. 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 seeks 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. JADS’s objectives are aligned with the Bank’s High 5 agenda (i.e. Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives to Africa and the 6th Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD VI) outcomes.

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.

What can an applicant do before the call?


  • Read information posted on this website and review eligibility criteria carefully.
  • Apply to one or more of the JADS selected graduate degree university programs.
  • Begin gathering required documentation for the scholarship application, including: your current curriculum vitae, proof of employment for each record of employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree, and certified copy of the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned.
  • Identify two professional references.

Please note that application guidelines that provide detailed application instructions will be posted on this website during the open call.

How to Apply:

Applicants must, in parallel, apply for admissions to one or more of the partner universities and apply for a JADS scholarship through an open call typically announced within the 2nd quarter of a calendar year.

When the scholarship application opens, the finalized list of selected programs, the application guidelines, and a finalized list of eligibility criteria will be available on this site. The scholarship application must be completed through the university of choice and include two professional references. Note that if the applicant is admitted to several master degree programs, he/she must choose the one they should be considered for JADS funding. Japanese JADS partner universities will send shortlisted applicants to AfDB for review and selection. JADS awardees will be invited for a seminar at AfDB Headquarters prior to their travel to Japan.

List of Universities



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 Zambia


JADS Coordinator

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 Coordinator
Thomas Kivevele

·  MSc in Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering

·  MSc in Materials Science and Engineering – Energy materials



Application deadline:

No fixed timelines

University of Younde 1


JADS Coordinator




JADS Coordinator

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) / 31stMarch
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 Gafsa, Tunis


Faculty of Sciences of Gafsa

JADS Coordinator

Mr. Imed Basdouri

Faculty of Sciences  
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 )

Kyushu UniversityDepartment/Address

JADS Coordinator

United Nations University


JADS Coordinator

Prof. Masafumi Nagao.

MSc in Sustainability



Scholarship Benefits

The JADS Scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of the study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period.
  • Tuition for a graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for research and thesis preparation. In special circumstances, 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 or two years, whichever is less.

The JADS Scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.

Note: The JADS Scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform the JADS if you have other sources of scholarship funds. The JADS stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the program has evidence of additional sources of support.


Source: AfDB