- Closing Date: 28th October 2021
- Open to: Differents countries
- Fund type: Full funded
The Pacific Island countries (PICs), which are connected to Japan by the Pacific Ocean, share much in common in terms of how they organize their societies and their customs. These commonalities are believed to originate with people-to-people exchanges dating back long ago. Since the Meiji Era (1868-1912), many Japanese people have traveled to the islands as migrant laborers. Today, the people of Micronesia, which was once a Japanese mandate, use an especially large amount of goods and words of Japanese origin. It is also said that over 20% of Micronesians possess some Japanese ancestry. By exchanging opinions with PICs about their issues, Japan has continued to build close relationships with these countries. A prime example is the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM), a triennial summit held since 1997. Through PALM, Japan and the PICs have made policy decisions through diplomacy and strengthened their mutual bonds.
At PALM, leaders have worked together to explore solutions to the various issues facing PICs and pursued security and prosperity for the region. At the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7), held in 2015, the Government of Japan announced that it would initiate a new training program for each country: Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS). This decision was made in recognition of the importance of training the young people who will carry out vital roles in their countries’ futures in terms of mitigating and overcoming the vulnerabilities of PICs and their region.
The leaders of the participating countries agreed to focus on the following areas at PALM7: (1) Disaster risk reduction; (2) climate change; (3) the environment; (4) people-to-people exchanges; (5) sustainable development; (6) oceans, maritime issues, and fisheries; and (7) trade, investment, and tourism. During the 2016-2018 fiscal year, JICA accepted participants for Pacific-LEADS in recognition of the importance of training the young people who will carry out vital roles in their countries’ futures in terms of mitigating and overcoming the vulnerabilities of PICs and their region as it pertains to the
fifth area of focus: (5) sustainable development. Also at PALM8 in 2018, Japan and the PICs agreed that people-to-people exchanges are an area of importance. Since fiscal 2019, overseas study programs for individual regions were combined into a worldwide program:
SDGs Global Leader. To date, JICA continues accepting many participants through this program. In the JICA Development Studies Program (JICA-DSP), JICA partners with Japanese universities that are working toward the same goals. Talent from developing countries comes to Japan for education and research in specialized fields. They also learn about Japan’s modern development experience, which differed from that of Western countries, and about Japan’s knowledge as a donor after World War II. These studies are conducted in English.
Thus, talent from the developing world gain a systematic understanding of Japan that they can take back home and use to
make their country’s development more effective. SDGs Global Leader is a course provided by JICA under the JICA-DSP for encouraging cooperation for the sake of sustainable development around the world. JICA runs JICA-DSP as part of the government’s official development assistance (ODA) for students (also called JICA scholars) in academic degree programs at Japanese universities who are training in Japan under the framework of JICA’s human resource development projects. JICA-DSP consists of two programs. JICA scholars complete a master’s or Ph.D. program offered by their university and also complete one or both of the two JICA-DSP programs.
One of our main programs is “Understanding the Japanese Development Experience”, an online/intensive program JICA offers with
partner universities (Common Program).
The other is “Development Studies Programs Offered by Various Universities” (Individual
Programs). Individual programs are managed within the master/Ph.D. courses of each university to supplement its regular courses.
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Current Duties:
- Young or middle Government officials, prospective academics, personnel who are expected to contribute policy formulation and/or implementation for tackling sustainable development issues mainly in the fields of public policy/administration and economics.
- Citizen of the following target countries:
- Less than forty (40) years old
- Educational Background:
- Have a Bachelor Degree or Master Degree
- Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete the master’s and/or Ph.D. courses.
- Applicants must not be receiving nor planning to receive another scholarship during the program.
|Southeast Asia||Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam|
|Pacific||Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu|
|South Asia||Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|
|East and Central Asia||Mongolia, Tajikistan, Georgia|
|Latin America and the Caribbean*||Jamaica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Dominica, Guatemala, Cuba, Belize, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Paraguay|
|Middle East / Europe||Iran, Serbia, North Macedonia|
|Africa||49 countries (Sub-Saharan Africa)|
*Target countries for Latin America and the Caribbean vary depending on each fiscal year.
For more information, please contact the JICA overseas office in your country.
Number of Participants / Duration
JFY2019: 56 participants (Master’s Program: 43, PhD Program: 13)
In principle, 2 years for Master’s Program and 3 years for Ph.D. Program (It depends on each program offered by universities)
Expenses to be borne by JICA
Under the JICA Long-term Trainee Allowance standards, JICA will cover expenses and allowance to participants accepted for the program. A payment amount of the living allowance will be calculated in accordance with the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship standards. The grant which supports your research, such as the purchase of books or necessary equipment, participation fees for an academic conference, research trips, etc. can be also provided by JICA. Note that the payments (e.g. for tuition, research support expenses, school support expenses) will not be paid to the training participants themselves, but directly to the university or other relevant institutions.
Application schedule (TBA) Application for JFY2020 has been closed in November 2019.
Applicants are nominated by each country’s government and then approved by JICA. After this procedure, the screening will be conducted at the proposed universities. Applicants must pass University’s regular admission procedures including examinations to enter the program.
|October||Application information is distributed from the government/institute.|
|November||Application deadline to JICA
First Screening at JICA Overseas office
|December||Pre-screening by universities|
|January||Results notification of the pre-screening|
|February-April||Official application to each university|
|June||Results notification of the official application
→Notification of Final Results for the scholarship
|July||Preparation for departure|
|August||Pre-orientation at JICA Overseas office|