JDS scholarship for Cambodia 2021-2022


JDS scholarship program for 2020 is now open. This scholarship is 2 years-Master course in English for studying in Japan, which is targeted at young government officials of Royal Government of Cambodia, funded by the Government of Japan. The application deadline will be November 04, 2020.


The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) was launched in 2000 in Cambodia, and 392 Fellows have been studied in Japan since then.
Application for the academic year 2021-2022 is now open for eligible applicants who subscribe to the scholarship aims and are interested in 2 year master degree programs (in English) at Japanese universities. 24 scholars will be selected through the selection.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must

NationalityBe a citizens of Cambodia
AgeBetween 22 and 39 years old as at April 1, 2021
Be a holder of Bachelor Degree authorized by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) or other countriesNote
Some accepting universities may have other requirements or desirable academic background. 
Be a public servant employed by a Target Organization, or an employee of designated organizationsHave at least 2-year full time work experience in the current workplace as of the application closing date (Contract staff is not eligible)Note– Probation period can be included in the 2 years- Contract staff period cannot be included in the 2 years- Part time work and volunteer work cannot be counted as the work experience
Have enough English language proficiencyNote– e.g. TOEFL 500-550 / IELTA 5.5 (as a benchmark)- TOEFL ITP test will be arranged for ALL the applicants
Be in good physical and mental conditions
IneligibilityA person falling under any of the following items is not eligible– Not be a current or prospected recipient of other scholarships- Not be a holder of Master or higher degree earned abroad under the support of foreign scholarship- Military personnel or those who belong to affiliated organizations
OthersJDS Fellows must return to Cambodia upon completing the Master program and resume working for at least two (2) years at their initial workplace to make a contribution to the development of Cambodia.

The selection process

Tentative Schedule

Sep 9 – Nov 4, 2020ApplicationClosing Date: 3:00 p.m. on November 4 (Wed), 2020
Mid Nov (Sat)Academic aptitude testTOEFL-ITP and Math tests
※ Check the Application Guide for further detail conditions of the tests
Dec – Early Jan1st SelectionScreening by the Japanese universities
Jan. 2021Health Checkup 
Early Feb2nd SelectionInterview by the university
End of Feb.3rd SelectionInterview by the Operating Committee
End Feb. – Early MarApproval by the OC 
Mar – AprApplication ProcedureJICE will support application for each university
May – JulPre-Departure English & Academic Training1.5 months (Almost whole day and every day)
JulOrientationsProvided by JICA, MOEYS and JICE
Aug.Departure for JapanJICE will arrange air-ticket, visa, and support before and after the arrival in Japan

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