The Fourth Human Resource Development Scholarship to Kenya from Japan

n 12th February 2024, 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 279.45 million Kenyan Shillings for the 2023 Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS). This will be the fourth time that this scholarship programme has been offered to Kenya, following the 2020, 2021 and 2022 JDS.

JDS programme helps to strengthen capacity of young civil servants in Kenya by providing opportunities for postgraduate study at Japanese universities, thereby strengthening the partnership between Kenya and Japan.

Twenty-two Kenyan young civil servants are currently studying in Japanese universities and nine MA fellows have already returned to Kenya with successful study in the end of September 2023.

Applications will open very soon on the JDS web page:

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. Besides Kenya, Ghana and Senegal are other participating countries in Africa.

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 is also available.

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