Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Scholarships

JICA Scholarships

About JICA Scholarships

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sponsors a number of scholarships for those interested in pursuing higher studies in Japan. Please see the information below for the following JICA scholarships available for eligible candidates who wish to study in one of Ritsumeikan University’s graduate schools.


Republic of the Union of Myanmar Long-term Training Course on Administrative Capacity Development

The 2019 application period for this scholarship has ended.
The Long-term Training Course on Administrative Capacity Development is a program developed to promote the administrative capacity of public servants in Myanmar. Interested persons from Myanmar working in the public sector are encouraged to seek more detailed information at their workplace or from JICA’s Myanmar regional office.
JICA Myanmar Homepage

1. Applicable Graduate Schools


2. Application Procedures

Please follow the instructions contained within the Application Guidelines linked below in order to complete your application for Ritsumeikan University enrollment within the framework of the Long-term Training Course on Administrative Capacity Development. Applicants may apply for enrollment to either a Master's or Doctoral Program through these procedures. The application form itself should be filled out digitally as much as possible.



African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) (for September 2020 enrollment)

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 6 month internship at a Japanese company. For further specific details please refer to JICA’s ABE Initiative homepage for information about the scholarship’s objectives, benefits, eligibility criteria, and conditions, and refer to the ABE Initiative portal website for further program information, to see specific program information for the Ritsumeikan University graduate schools selected to admit ABE scholars, and to learn about how to apply for this excellent opportunity.

1. Eligibility Requirements

To apply for ABE Initiative Scholarship-sponsored graduate enrollment at Ritsumeikan University, 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.
  • Meet the other eligibility requirements as designated by JICA and the JICA Regional Office responsible for your region.

2. Application Procedures

Please see the ABE Initiative portal website at the link above and follow the instructions to contact the JICA Regional Office (contact office) responsible for your country or region. The application period for the scholarship usually falls in September of the year prior to enrollment. Those applicants who pass JICA's initial sceening phases and the subsequent university pre-application screening phase will be notified directly regarding specific, official univeristy application procedures at a later date. The application period for official univeristy admissions for ABE scholars is to occur between late February and May (scheduled), depending on the graduate school at which the applicant wishes to enroll.



Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE)

Please refer to JICA’s PEACE Project homepage for an outline of the project’s objectives, and refer to the PEACE Project portal website for further information about the scholarship’s benefits, eligibility criteria, conditions, to see which Ritsumeikan University graduate schools are recruiting participants, and to learn about how to apply.

1. Eligibility Requirements

To apply for PEACE Project-sponsored graduate enrollment at Ritsumeikan University, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of Afghanistan.
  • Have already obtained a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
  • Be a civil servant from one of the target ministries or faculty member from one of the universities under the Ministry of Higher Education, and have at least 6 months of work experience in said organization.
  • Have sufficient English language ability to complete graduate study in English.
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as designated by JICA.

2. Application Procedures

Please see the PEACE Project portal website at the link above and follow the instructions in order to complete an application.




SDGs Global Leaders Course (for September 2020 enrollment)

JICA's 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 Sub-Saharan 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. Information on this opportunity will be shared through the workplaces of eligible applicants, and applicants must apply through their workplace to JICA first before completing the university admissions procedures described below (the application deadline for this is usually late-September of the year prior to enrollment). For further details on this opportunity, please inquire at your workplace and/or contact your local JICA branch office directly. Information can also 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. Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be from one of the following countries, should be a government employee or university professor and must have already passed JICA's primary screening.

  • 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 49 Sub-Saharan African Countries

2. Applicable Graduate Schools


3. Application Procedures

Specific application procedures will be determined at a later date and notified directly to those applicants who pass JICA's initial sceening phases and the subsequent university pre-application screening phase. The application period for official univeristy admissions for SDGs Global Leaders Course scholars is to occur between late February and May (scheduled), depending on the graduate school at which the applicant wishes to enroll.


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