On 10th January 2023, H.E. Ambassador OKANIWA Ken and Prof Njuguna NDUNG’U, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Economic Planning signed an Exchange of Notes to provide about 243 million Kenyan Shillings for the 2022 Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS). This will be the third time that this scholarship programme has been offered to Kenya, following the 2020 and 2021 JDS.
JDS programme helps to strengthen capacity of young civil servants in Kenya by providing opportunities for postgraduate study at Japanese universities, thereby enhancing the partnership between Kenya and Japan.
Eighteen Kenyan young civil servants are currently studying in Japanese universities and one of them has already returned to Kenya after receiving a MA degree with support from the 2020 and 2021 JDS programme.
Applications will open very soon on the JICA Kenya web page: https://www.jica.go.jp/kenya/english/index.html
Please also refer to the application guidance from last year: https://www.jica.go.jp/kenya/english/office/others/jds.html
About JDS programme:
JDS programme is currently implemented in 19 partner countries globally. The programme started in 1999, initially catering for young civil servants in Asian countries transitioning into a market economy. Over time, more countries have been included in the programme. Kenya is only one of two countries in Africa to be included the programme.
JDS programme offers fellows opportunities to obtain Master’s degrees from top Japanese universities in various fields in mainly social science, depending on the priority development issues of each participating country. A limited number of Doctoral degrees are also available.