JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Long-Term) Scholarships (African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth; SDGs Global Leaders Course; Program on Investment Promotion and Industrial Development for Asian Region)

ABE Initiative, SDGs Global Leaders Course, and Program on Investment Promotion and Industrial Development for Asian Region


Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sponsors a number of scholarships, sometimes with an accompanying follow-up internship after graduation, for those interested in pursuing higher studies in Japan. The information on this page describes JICA's Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Long-Term) which is comprised of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth ("ABE Initiative"), SDGs Global Leaders Course, and Program on Investment Promotion and Industrial Development for Asian Region scholarships, and the Ritsumeikan University admissions procedures which prospective students should follow if they wish to enroll with any of these scholarships. For information on other JICA scholarships available at Ritsumeikan, please see our Other Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Scholarships page here.


About the African Business Education Initiative for Youth

The ABE Initiative is a program offered for young Africans in both the public and private sectors with the goal of developing human resources to support the development of the private sector in Africa, and to promote cooperation and collaboration with Japan and Japan's private sector. The program supports participants by sponsoring their enrollment in a Master's degree program at a high level Japanese university followed by a possible 6 month internship at a Japanese organization. For further specific details and for information about the scholarship’s objectives, benefits, eligibility criteria and conditions, and to learn about how to apply for this excellent opportunity, please refer to JICA’s ABE Initiative homepage.

About the SDGs Global Leaders Course

The SDGs Global Leaders Course is a program for government employees, university professors, etc... from the countries of ASEAN, Oceania, South, East, and Central Asia, South America and Africa. The goal of the program is to raise the potential leaders of the future, and to develop their capacity to assist their countries in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals by allowing participants to earn either a Master's or Doctoral degree at a high level Japanese university. Further details can be found on JICA's webpage by navagating to the individual homepage for your country from the link below.

JICA Countries and Regions Homepage: https://www.jica.go.jp/english/countries/index.html


1. Basic Eligibility Criteria: ABE Initiative and SDGs Global Leaders Course Scholarships

To apply for ABE Initiative scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country.
  • Have already obtained a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
  • Have sufficient English language ability to complete graduate study in English (CEFR B2 level or greater).
  • Be under 40 years of age as of April 1st 2021.
  • If from the private sector, have work experience but may not be employed by a Japanese company at the time of travel to Japan, and if from the public sector, have at least 6 months work experience at current organization.
  • Meet the other eligibility requirements as designated by JICA and the JICA Regional Office responsible for your region.

To apply for SDGs Global Leaders Course scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a government official or an academic, with at least 6 months work experience at current organization.
  • Have sufficient English language ability to complete graduate study in English (CEFR B2 level or greater).
  • Be under 40 years of age as of April 1st 2021.

Further, applicant must be from one of the following countries

  • ASEAN: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribatu, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palao, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • South Asia: Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives
  • East and Central Asia: Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia
  • South America: Bolivia, El Salvador, Jamaica
  • Africa: Any of the African Countries

2. Applicable Graduate Schools


3. Application Schedule

To apply for admission to the university via either of these scholarships, prospective students must first apply to the local JICA Regional Office responsible for their country or region for scholarship, and subsequentially pass JICA's initial screening rounds. Afterwards, those recommended by JICA who meet the criteria in our application guidelines (posted further down this page) may submit an application for enrollment to the university.


Timeframe Activity
Aug- Sep Prospective students apply to the JICA Regional Office responsible for their country/region for scholarship.
Sep - Oct First Selection at JICA Regional Office (document screening). Those who pass will be allowed to move to the next stage.
Oct - Nov Second Selection at JICA Regional Office (interview screening). Those who pass will be allowed to move to the next stage.
Dec - Jan Third Selection. JICA forwards applicants' scholarship application paperwork to their top 3 preferred universities for informal admissions decisions, and to match applicants with supervisors. If Ritsumeikan was included as one of your 3 preferences, the university will then reply to JICA with an informal Yes or No admissions decision for you.
Jan - Feb JICA notifies applicants of whether they passed the Third Selection and of the informal Yes No admissions decisions from their 3 preferred universities.
Apr - May Fourth Selection (Final Selection) - formal university admissions. If RU gave you an informal Yes decision during the Third Selection, you may now formally apply for admission to the university via the procedures described in the guidelines further down this page.
Jun Admissions results are finalized, and RU will forward them to JICA. Applicants will not receive a separate notification from RU regarding their results.
Jun - Jul JICA will notify applicants of their official scholarship award results, and university placement for those successful.
Sep 26 The Fall Semester begins at RU and and successful scholars placed with us begin their formal studies.

4. Application Guidelines and Forms

Fill out the following application form and follow the procedures in the application guidelines in order to formally apply to RU for ABE Initiative, SGU Global Leaders Course, or Program on Investment Promotion and Industrial Development for Asian Region scholarship-sponsored enrollment.

*Please consult with your JICA Regional Office once you have prepared all the required application documents, as they should be willing to post your application to the university on your behalf.


5. Deadline

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021


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