Japan JICA International Scholarship 2022

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Bursary Details

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is inviting suitable candidates to apply for the 9th Intake of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) scholarships for 2022 academic year.

The ABE Initiative aims to support young generation who want to contribute to the development of industries in Africa and bridge the gap between Africa and Japan through deep understanding of Japanese society and business culture.

The programme is open to eligible public and private sector candidates and offers an opportunity to study a Master’s degree at a Japanese university and to undertake an internship programme at a Japanese enterprise.

Degree level

  • Master’s degree and an internship programme.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates with study topics that can contribute to the industrial development of South Africa will be prioritised.

Priority will be given to candidates studying in:

  • Engineering;
  • Science;
  • Technology;
  • Agriculture;
  • Environment;
  • Energy;
  • Marine Science;
  • Health;
  • Mining;
  • Rural Development;
  • Public Policy, and
  • Education.

MBA candidates will not be prioritised under the programme.

The 2022 ABE Initiative programme starts in September 2022 and includes 2-year Master’s programme and an internship of 2 weeks – 6 months.

Participants may not be able to travel to Japan by September 2022 due to the pandemic situation and may need to start with online studies until they are able to travel.

Participants are required to return to South Africa upon completion of the programme.

From private sector: candidates with experience in economic activities in local private sectors and who wish to foster strong networks with Japanese companies to help develop Africa;

  • From public sector: candidates who take part in formulation and/or implementation of industrial policies and wish to contribute to Africa’s development through government activities;
  • Citizens of South Africa;
  • Must be between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st, 2022);
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 or above;
  • Must have achieved a minimum average of 65% in academic transcripts;
  • Must be proficient in English (university may require proof of proficiency);
  • Must have prior work experience;
  • Must be in good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the programme;
  • Must contribute to networking with Japanese companies;
  • Must not receive or plan to receive a scholarship offered by other organizations, and
  • Must attend additional activities on the weekends once or twice per year in unavoidable circumstances.

Refer to the General Information document below for comprehensive details on eligibility.



Conditions of Bursary

The participants are not permitted to work while they are in Japan.

Participants should take care of all expenses and necessary procedures in Japan on their own. It is strongly recommended that families be invited only after six months upon arrival in Japan.  JICA does not provide any support or additional financial assistance except issuing necessary documents for the process.

JICA will NOT bear costs other than the allowances described above.

JICA is not responsible for the following expenses: 

  • Passport fees (for re-issuance and extensions, etc.) 
  • Visa fees of a transit country and transportation expenses to obtain Visa 
  • Transportation expenses to obtain Japanese Visa 
  • Domestic travel expenses in the home country 
  • Departure tax
  • Airport tax/airport facility charges outside of Japan, including third countries 
  • Customs duty 
  • Excess baggage charges 
  • Compensation for lost and/or damaged baggage 
  • “no show charge” to the transit airport hotel (non-refundable) 
  • Lost - ticket fee 
  • Accommodation fee for day-use hotel in return flight 
  • Transportation expenses other than official programmes 
  • Telephone bill or mini-bar tab at accommodation

Bursary Inclusion

  • Full tuition fee;
  • Monthly allowance between JYP 143 000 – JYP 148 000 (approximately R19 000 – R20 000);
  • Air fare for single return from Johannesburg to Tokyo, Japan;
  • Orientation: basic Japanese language course and introductory course for Japanese life;
  • Outfit allowance of JYP 106 000 (approximately R14 200);
  • Moving/preparation allowance up to JYP 224 000 (approximately R30 200);
  • Research support fees up to JYP 224 000 (approximately R48 500) on approval from JICA/accepted university.

How to Apply

Application documents and University list for ABE Initiative Programme are available at the following LINK; Log-in details - Guest ID: ABE   Password: w0JRAEtZ


The documents have also been provided below under ‘documents and links’ for easy reference. 


Email marked PDF files of application documents (less than 10MB) must be submitted to the contact below by 31st October 2021 and the original typewritten applications must be submitted to JICA office as per the address below by 10th November 2021.

Eva Nderumaki (Ms)

Japan International Cooperation Agency

JICA South Africa Office

Lord Charles Office Block, Building B, 1st Floor

337 Brooklyn Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181

Republic of South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)12 346 4493   E-mail: Nderumakieva.SO@jica.go.jp and so_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

No late applications will be accepted.

Applicants need to submit the following documents:  

  • Application form;
  • Certified copy/copies of Undergraduate degree certificate(s);
  • Certified Academic transcript(s);
  • A certified copy of valid passport with photo, valid National ID and birth certificate are acceptable if you do not have a passport;
  • 2 ID photos (4 cm×3 cm) pasted on application form;
  • Health certificate to be submitted after the 4th Selection.

Applicants must specify desired universities, graduate schools, courses, (and supervisors) from the University list.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed from 8 – 9 November 2021. 

Field of Study: Humanities

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