In the Philippines, the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) was initiated in 2002. A total of 439 Fellows (from the first to the 21st batch of fellows) have been deployed to Japan as of the year 2022. For the academic year 2024–2025, JDS is currently taking applications from prospective students who comprehend its goals and are interested in a 2-year master’s program at Japanese universities. English will be used for instruction in the program. There are twenty dispatches annually.
In the ever-evolving landscape of global development, investing in human resources remains a paramount strategy for sustainable progress. Recognizing the pivotal role of education and skill enhancement, the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) has opened its doors for applications for the Academic Year 2024-2025. This call signifies a commitment to nurturing future leaders and experts who will drive positive change in their respective communities and contribute to the broader global development agenda.
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The JDS program, a collaborative initiative between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and participating countries, has been a beacon of educational empowerment since its inception. Designed to cultivate professionals with a deep understanding of global issues and advanced expertise, the program offers a unique opportunity for individuals from diverse fields to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in Japanese universities.
The call for applications for the AY 2024-2025 is aligned with the program’s overarching objectives, which include:
Human Resource Development for Sustainable Development:
The JDS program is committed to fostering individuals who possess the skills and knowledge needed to address pressing global challenges. By investing in human capital, the program aims to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a cadre of professionals capable of driving positive change in their home countries.
International Collaboration and Networking:
Beyond academic pursuits, the JDS program emphasizes the importance of cross-cultural understanding and international collaboration. Scholars are given the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of peers and experts, fostering networks that extend beyond the academic realm and contribute to the development of a global perspective.
Recognizing the need for effective leadership in addressing complex global issues, the JDS program places a strong emphasis on leadership development. Scholars are exposed to leadership training, mentorship programs, and opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world settings, preparing them to take on leadership roles in their respective fields upon completion of their studies.
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As the call for applications for the JDS Human Resource Development Scholarship AY 2024-2025 opens, it beckons aspiring individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities. This initiative stands as a testament to the enduring commitment to human resource development as a catalyst for sustainable development.
By investing in education and fostering a global perspective, the JDS program continues to shape the future leaders and experts who will drive positive change in an interconnected world. Aspiring scholars are encouraged to seize this opportunity to embark on a transformative journey that not only enhances their individual capacities but contributes to the collective advancement of our global society.
Who can apply for the scholarship?
- Citizens of the Republic of the Philippines;
- Between 22 and 39 as of April 1st, 2024 (Born on/after April 2nd, 1984 and born on/before April 1st, 2002);
- Must be an employee in the Philippine Government and not a member of the military;
- Currently employed in the Philippine Government;
- Have permanent status;
- Have at least 2 (two) years of work experience, particularly in work relevant to the selected Component, at the time of application;
- Have a performance rating of at least ‘Very Satisfactory’ from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 in the organization;
- Possess a Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the target fields;
- English Proficiency: TOEFL PBT 550/ iBT 79-80 or IELTS 6.5 or higher;
- 16 years of formal education is required (in principle), however, a relevant academic/research career or working experience can be considered as the alternative to meet the requirement;
- Have not been awarded any other foreign scholarships for obtaining a master’s degree.
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When selected as a final successful candidate, he/she is required:
- To sign and submit the pledge to follow the conditions deemed necessary as a JDS Fellow. (If the Fellow violates any articles of the pledge, the scholarship may be canceled);
- To submit a copy of the Scholarship Service Contract (referred to the Executive Order 161) to the JDS Operating Committee for record/monitoring purposes;
- To attend the pre-departure orientation in Manila (about 2 weeks in July-August 2024);
- To fully participate in briefings/orientations in Japan (August-September 2024);
- To contribute to the socio-economic development of the Philippines with the acquired knowledge upon return to the Philippines;
- To follow the JDS rules and regulations;
- To be in good condition physically and mentally during the stay in Japan as an ODA scholar. If there is a drastic change in a Fellow’s health condition before and during his/her stay in Japan, or/and if the accepting university considers his/her condition is not fit for the pursuit of academic goals, the scholarship is subject to cancellation, based on the decision/guidance of the university and the JDS Operating Committee of the Philippines.
What are the benefits of the scholarship?
All the costs to study in Japan will be fully covered by JDS including air-ticket, visas, etc., and also support JDS Fellows after their arrival in Japan
Deadline for Application: January 8 (Mon), 2024
How to file your application?
The application process for the AY 2024-2025 is designed to identify individuals with the passion, commitment, and potential to contribute significantly to their fields and communities. Prospective applicants are invited to submit their applications, which typically include academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and proof of English language proficiency.
The selection process is rigorous and is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant’s academic achievements, professional experience, and their potential to contribute to the development of their home countries. Successful candidates will not only receive financial support for their studies but will also become part of a vibrant community of JDS scholars with access to a range of support services and resources.
All interested applicants are advised to visit the JDS website via this LINK to carefully read the pertinent details of the scholarship.
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