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 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. The application form itself should be filled out digitally as much as possible.


'Innovative Asia' / Scholarship to Japan

The application phase for 2018 enrollment has ended. The following is for reference only


Please refer to JICA’s 'Innovative Asia' / Scholarship to Japan homepage for information about the scholarship’s objective, benefits, eligibility criteria, and conditions.

1. Eligibility Requirements

To apply for Innovative Asia Scholarship-sponsored graduate enrollment at Ritsumeikan University, an applicant must:

  • Be a student scheduled to graduate from, or a graduate of, an undergraduate program at one of the designated Indian, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Philippine, Sri Lankan, Thai, or Vietnamese partner universities which share a Memorandum of Understanding with Ritsumeikan University found in our Application Guidelines! Let it be abundantly clear that you are INELIGBLE to apply if your university is not found in our Application Guidelines.
  • Be studying either IT, IoT, or AI.
  • Have been born on or after September 2, 1983.
  • Have sufficient English language ability to complete graduate study in English.
  • Meet all other criteria found in JICA’s own Innovative Asia Scholarship Guidelines.
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements found in the Application Guidelines.

2. Application Procedures

Please follow the instructions contained within the Application Guidelines in order to complete your application. The application form itself should be filled out digitally as much as possible.

  • Application Guidelines for Degree-Seeking Students
  • Application Documents
    *Be sure to turn off the ‘comment’ boxes, or delete them, before printing.
  • CAUTION: For Indian and Vietnamese applicants, in addition to completing an application as described here, the applicant must also receive permission from their government to study in Japan via this scholarship. In order to obtain permission, the applicant must apply to their government through their undergraduate university by April 30th. Please see further details in the application guidelines and on JICA’s Innovative Asia Scholarship Homepage.


African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)

Please refer to JICA’s ABE Initiative homepage for information about the scholarship’s objective, benefits, eligibility criteria, and conditions, and refer to the ABE Initiative portal website for further program information, to see which Ritsumeikan University graduate schools are recruiting participants, and to learn about how to apply.

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.



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.



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