JDS Scholarship

The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) opens scholarship to Filipinos to study in Japan. This is one of the longest running international scholarship programs offered by the Japanese government to Filipino professionals who want to study in Japan. The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by the Japanese Grant Aid or JDS is open for Filipinos engaged in formulating and implementing socio-economic development plans and become future leaders in their respective fields.


The JDS is strongly committed to helping young Filipinos and scholars thrive in their professions and contribute to nation building. By helping build the capacity of Filipino professionals, JICA aims to sustain the economic growth trajectory of the Philippines in the long term.


Historically, Japan’s own economic resurgence depended on education and human resource development among other factors. Through capacity building programs in the Philippines such as JDS, Filipino scholars learn Japan’s accumulated knowledge and expertise in various fields and apply this knowledge upon their return to the Philippines.


The Japanese scholarship is not just about career advancement. It’s also about developing the values we need to contribute to Philippine development.


The JDS is open to Filipinos, between 22 and 39 years old as of the time of application and is interested to pursue the master’s degree in Japan to support Philippine development.



Japan, through JICA, has actively supported capacity building of Filipinos in various fields including agriculture, human resources, policy development, health, public works, manufacturing, tourism, social welfare, and energy among others.


Aside from JDS, JICA also offers trainings for young leaders, academic researchers, as well as participants from other developing countries to learn the development experiences of partner countries like the Philippines.


To apply, visit this page, http://jds-scholarship.org/


The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) (former Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)) is to support human resource development of the Japanese grant aid recipient countries. JDS Project targets the highly capable young officials (mainly government) who are expected to engage in implementing social and economic development plans as a future leader.


JDS Fellows are also expected to contribute to the enhanced bilateral relations between their countries and Japan, with well-rounded knowledge of Japan.


JDS Project offers 2-year Master’s courses at Japanese Universities in English. JDS Fellows will get a special opportunity for directly learning the forefront knowledge in the technological environment as well as for building the wide human networks.


List of countries

  • Uzbekistan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Tajikistan
  • Nepla
  • Myanmar
  • Laos
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines





Contact information

JICE JDS Project Office in the Philippines

Unit 2-F1, Island Plaza Salcedo,

105 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village

Makati City, Philippines

Telephone: 02 753 3261

Email: jds.philippines@jice.org



Read more, press release, https://www.jica.go.jp/philippine/english/office/topics/news/170925.html

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