#SharingIsCaring: There is a call for applications by JICA for the third batch under the Master’s Degree and Internship Program. This program is part of the Official Development Assistance of the Government of Japan based on bilateral agreements between Japan and respective governments in Africa. The application window will close at the end of October, 2015

The objective of Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the ABE Initiative is to support young personnel who have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in Africa. The program is running from November, 2013 –October, 2021 ( total 8 Years).

Participants are being to dispatched to Japan in 4 groups over the course of 4 years from 2014 to 2017. A single participant is allowed to stay in Japan up to 3 years including as a research student and internship period.

The third batch, which will go to Japan in 2016, will be composed of 300 participants from 54 African countries. The eligibility requirements include:

  1. Citizens of one of the 54 African countries.
  2. Between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st in the year of you arrival in Japan)
  3. A bachelor’s degree
  4. Applicants from government sectors/ educators who have both of the following: at least 6 months working experience at their current organization; permission from their current organization to apply.
  5. Have adequate English proficiency, both in written and oral communication (IELTS score of over 5.5 is preferred)
  6. Clearly understand the objective of this program and have a strong will to contribute to the industrial development of their country while broadening and strengthening the linkage between their country and Japan
  7. Not currently applying or planning to apply to scholarship programs offered by other organizations
  8. Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  9. Not Military personnel

Malawian and Namibian citizens qualify for this program. Citizens of other countries can check the JICA website if their countries are included. Application documents can be downloaded from the same JICA website. The website also provides contact information for the JICA offices just in case you need to make an inquiry.

In Namibia, the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) secretariat is receiving applications on behalf of JICA. Interested Namibian students can contact me to get more details.

Having studied and worked in Japan, prospective participants may find the following previous posts on this blog interesting:

  1. 12 reasons why married people should not be scared of studying
  2. The 2009 Malawian style Christmas Party in Tokyo, Japan
  3. In the Sumo Stadium for the very first time!
  4. Some photos taken from the top of Japan’s tallest building
  5. Photos from the 2009 Nsima party in Tokyo, Japan
  6. Memories of my Intensive Japanese Language Course – Part 1
  7. Boat cruise in Yokohama
  8. The 2009 Tokyo Bay Fireworks
  9. Premature hanami but no complaints
  10. Malawi’s stand at the African fair in Yokohama