The Project for
Human Resource
Development Scholarship

JDS - Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship


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1. Introduction

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) has been launched in Bangladesh in 2001. Up to the present, total of 525 Fellows (507 Master's and 18 Doctoral Fellows) have been sent to Japan
JDS is now inviting potential applicants who understand its aims and are interested in 2 year master's degree program at Japanese accepting universities for the academic year 2024-2025
The program will be instructed in English.
The number of dispatches is 30 (Master course) per year.

2. Applicant Eligibility

Nationality Citizens of Bangladesh
Age Below Forty (40) years as of 1 April 2024
(Born on/after 2 April 1984)
Academic Background
  • Completed sixteen (16) years of school education with at least Bachelor's degree
  • At least two (2) First Divisions/Class or equivalent
  • No Third Division/Class
Other requirements or desirability of academic background
Some accepting universities have other requirements or desirable academic background.
Check P15-18 [Information of Each Sub-Program/Component] on Application Guidelines for more details.
Work Experience At least 2 years work experience as confirmed members of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Cadres, Bangladesh Bank Class-1 Officials, Bangladesh Judicial Service (BJS) Officials and 1st Class Officials of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division at the time of application
English Proficiency Have a good command of both written and spoken English.
IELTS 6.0 or higher is preferable (JICE will arrange IELTS Test for those who do not have valid score)
* In case you have the IELTS score, necessary valid duration is until 31 May 2024 (taken on/after 1 June 2022)
Health Condition Mentally and physically in good health.
Ineligibility A person corresponds to the followings is not eligible to apply
  • Those who are currently receiving (or is scheduled to receive) another scholarship (including other scholarships of Japan).
  • Those who have obtained a master's or higher degrees overseas under the support of foreign scholarship.
  • Those who have completed a Master's or Doctoral degree after joining the Civil Service, Judicial Service, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division or, Bangladesh Bank
    * Exception: Those who attended online or evening courses without taking paid leave are eligible to apply
  • Military personnel and military civilian employees registered on the active list, and also personnel on temporary leave from the active list.
  • Female officers are encouraged to apply.

3. Selection Procedures

1) Recruitment Seminars (Tentative)

Recruitment Seminars are scheduled to be held as below, aiming at providing the prospective applicants with more detailed information on JDS Project and how to prepare the application documents.

Place Date & Time
Targeted Participants
Bangladesh Bank October 5th
Bangladesh Bank Officers invited by HRD of Bangladesh Bank
B.C.S Administration
Academy (BCSAA), Shahbag Dhaka-1000
Mid of Oct Trainees of on-going training at B.C.S Administration Academy Invited by BCSAA
Chattogram Divisional Commissioner's Office
or Online participating
Mid of Oct Below 40 years aged BCS Cadre Officers and BJS officials working in Chattogram Division invited by the Divisional Commissioner
Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner's Office
or Online participating
End of Oct Below 40 years aged BCS Cadre Officers and BJS officials working in Sylhet Division invited by the Divisional Commissioner
Bangladesh Public Administration training Center (BPATC) End of Oct Trainees of on-going training at Bangladesh Public Administration training Center invited BPATC
Rangpur Divisional Commissioner's Office
or Online participating
Beginning of Nov Below 40 years aged BCS Cadre Officers and BJS officials working in Rangpur Division invited by the Divisional Commissioner
  • Pre-registration is not required in case you participate in the seminar at the venue.
  • Participants may join online according to the venue authorities' arrangement. Those who desire to join online, please contact the venue authorities.

2) Application Deadline

Deadline for Application: November 15th (Wednesday), 2023 (Closed)
  1. One (1) set of the Application (photocopies) should be submitted to JICE JDS Project Office through the respective controlling authority by the above deadline. The Application which is NOT submitted through the respective controlling authority will be regarded ineligible.
  2. One (1) set of the Application (original) should be submitted to JICE JDS Project Office directly, either by visiting or posting.
  3. Excel data of Application Form should be submitted to JICE JDS Project Office
    by email ().
    ※Please rename the file to "AF2023(Applying University)_Your full name"
    ※Please DO NOT delete the data from your computer, as JDS Office may request you to correct and resubmit it.
  4. Application documents will not be returned for any reason. Late submission and incomplete application documents shall NOT be accepted.

3) Tentative Schedule

Schedule Steps Description
1st Oct 2023 -
15 November 2023
Application Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on 15th November (Wednesday) 2023(Closed)
Further details → "Application Documents" (P6) in Application Guidelines.
2 December 2023 Academic aptitude test IELTS and Math tests: The test results will be reviewed by the universities in later selection stages. If you take IELTS Test, you must apply through on-line form by the closing date, submit the screen shot of your application page.
IELTS registration → https://forms.office.com/e/nKAFvf2S6E
* Applicants for Keio University are exempted from the Math test
December 2023 1st Selection Document Screening: Application Documents and research plan will be examined by the Japanese universities.
January 2024 Health Checkup The health checkup will be arranged at a designated hospital in Dhaka.
Late January 2024 2nd Selection Technical Interview: Faculty members of the Japanese Universities will conduct their interview exams in Dhaka or through video interview system.
February 2024 3rd Selection Comprehensive Interview: The Operating Committee members will conduct the interview exams.
March 2024 Approval by the OC Successful candidates will be approved and notified.
March - April 2024 Application Procedure JICE will support application procedure for each university.
May - July 2024 Training Course Japanese Language Training Course
July - August 2024 Orientations Provided by JICA, Embassy of Japan and JICE
August 2024 Departure to Japan JICE will arrange air-ticket, visa, and also support after the arrival in Japan.
<Important Notes>
  • During the selection stage, only transportation cost from outside of Dhaka to attend IELTS, the 2nd and the 3rd selection will be covered by JDS Project.
  • Application Documents will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your documents for yourself.
  • Application Documents with false statements or plagiarism will be immediately disqualified.
  • A result of each selection will be announced to all candidates by Email.
  • In principle, reasons of the selection-results will not be opened. Do not directly inquire to accepting universities.
  • Failure to participate each selection, interview and test will cause to automatic disqualification from selection process.
  • Each successful candidate will be requested to sign and submit "JDS Pledge" to comply with the conditions and rules as scholarship fellows under the JDS Project.

4. Download of Application Guidelines and Application Documents

Please refer to the Application Guidelines and submit a full set of application documents by the deadline.

download Download
  1. Application Guidelines
  2. Application Documents

★For the Samples of the Application Forms and the Confidential Statement of Reference with the Bengali instruction, click HERE

5. Research Plan

In the JDS selections, each candidate will be evaluated on her/his academic abilities enough to pursue the master's degree program in Japan as well as the potential of the future contribution to the country. Thus, it is highly recommended to explain that the objective of your research plan be in connection with the development issues under applying Component, and to rationalize how the study will be addressed in accordance with the career path, corresponding to the current position and responsibility in the belonging organization.

It is also recommended to study your applying university to make sure if the curriculums of the university and fields of specialization of faculty members are relevant to your research.

Remember that plagiarism is strongly prohibited.

Please refer to 'Guidelines for Writing a Research Plan' (P8) in the Application Guidelines for more information.

6. Supportive videos and Information for the application

movie-icon Bengali Instruction Video (12 min)

●University Information / Request form for JDS Accepting University's Introductory/Explanatory Video

7. English & Math Exam

Every qualified applicant will be required to take English proficiency test (IELTS) as well as math test in Dhaka on 2nd December, 2023.

  • IELTS consists of 4 parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Speaking test will be held on another day, which will be notified by British Council through SMS or email.
    • Please register your participation in IELTS exam before deadline date
    • https://forms.office.com/e/nKAFvf2S6E
  • Math test of around 60 minutes consists of Arithmetic operations, Solving fractions, Equations, Inequality, Matrix, Basic quadratic functions, Basic operations of exponential and logarithmic functions, Basic Integral and Differentiation, etc.

* Applicants for Keio University are exempted from the Math test.

The scores will be reviewed in the 1st selection by the accepting universities. Universities may require the applicants to have good command of English (IELTS) and Math numeracy skills. Please be well prepared for the exams.

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