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Doctoral Degree Program

1. Applicant Eligibility

【Eligibility Requirements】
The applicant must;

  1. Have a citizenship of Kenya
  2. Obtained Master's degree
  3. Below the age of 45 (as of April 1st, 2024)
  4. Belong to the Target Organizations of JDS Project and affiliated organization, and his/her research theme is relevant to the Development Issues of Kenya. ※See the table below.
  5. Required at least 2 (two) years of work experience as public servants including a period of probation as a permanent and pensionable employee at the time of application (Part time jobs and volunteer activities are not counted as work experience)
  6. Submit a recommendation from the supervisor of his/her current duty office. (Reference Letter should contain evaluation of applicant's performance at work and relevance of his/her research theme to his/her career.)
  7. Submit a recommendation from the expected academic adviser(s) of the applying any university in Japan. (Submission of a draft academic guidance outline or a supervisory plan is desirable.)
    ※This letter does not necessarily guarantee the acceptance by the university, but to confirm qualification to pursue PhD.
  8. Not have obtained any Doctor's degree overseas under other foreign donors.
  9. Not be currently awarded or to be awarded a scholarship from other foreign donors
  10. For former recipients of foreign scholarships, applicant must have spent required years written in Training bond at his/her workplace, since the applicants finished Master and returned to the workplace.
  11. In principle, have published at least one peer-reviewed article/ paper*.
    * The following applicants are included under the requirement:
    1. )an applicant who has a prospect for publication of a peer-reviewed article/ paper.
    2. )an applicant who has a concrete plan to publish a peer-reviewed article in an academic journal in collaboration with his/her intended faculty supervisor.

【Other Conditions】
The applicant must;

  1. Present a research proposal relevant to the Development Issues of their country referred to in the framework of Sub-Programs and Components.
  2. Have fulfilled the work obligation stipulated in the Training Bond. An applicant must work in his/her country with the ruled of the Government of Kenya after return.
  3. Be in good health both physically and mentally.
  4. Complete the course within, and not exceeding, three (3) years. However, if it is judged that the Doctoral degree is likely to be obtained, the extension up to 6 months will be accepted.
  5. Must not be serving in the military.
(Target Priority Area)
(Development Issues)
Target Organization Maximum Slots
1. Improvement of Administrative Functions 1-1 Improvement of Administrative Capacity of Central and Local Governments
  • Central Bank of Kenya
  • Counties
  • Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
  • Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
  • Ministry of Co-Operatives and Micro, Small and Medium
    Enterprises (MSME) Development
    Ministry of East African Community (EAC), The ASALS and Regional Development
  • Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry
  • Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs
  • Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts and Heritage
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry
  • Ministry of Interior and National Administration
  • Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development
  • Ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management
  • Ministry of Roads and Transport
  • Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation
  • National Environment Management Authority
  • National Land Commission
  • Office of Attorney-General (The State Law Office)
  • Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary
  • Office of Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Public Universities*
  • The National Treasury and Economic Planning
  • Water Resources Authority
1-2 Capacity Building for Economic Planning/ Policy and Public Financial Management/ Public Investment Management
1-3 Capacity Building for Legal Development and Operation
1-4 Capacity Building for Urban and Regional Development Plans/ Policies

*Researchers in the Research Institutes under the relevant Ministries and Public Universities that involve in the planning and development of the Government's Policies may be selected during the selection process

2. Selection Procedures

1) Application Deadline

Deadline for Application: March 8 (Fri), 2024
Deadline for Application: 4:00 p.m. on March 15 (Fri), 2024 (Closed)

Application documents will not be returned for any reason. Late submission and incomplete application documents shall NOT be accepted.

2) Tentative Schedule

  1. Application Period: by March 8 (Fri.) 2024by March 15 (Fri.) 2024 (EXTENDED)
    Announcement and promotion will be made to Master's degree holders in the Target Organization in Target Organizations.
    Slot (number of the seat) for JDS Doctoral Program 2023 is
    one (1).
  2. Selection by JDS Operating Committee (O/C): March 2024
    After the Basic Check of applications, the interviewers appointed by the O/C will conduct the interview. In case where the total number of applications is more than three (triple of the number of slots), document screening by the O/C will be conducted before the interview.
  3. Approval of the Candidates by JDS Operating Committee: March-April 2024
    The number of the final candidates must not exceed the maximum number of slots.
  4. Application to the University: from May 2024 to June 2024
  5. Screening by the University: from June 2024 to July 2024
    Each university will conduct its entrance examination for the candidate(s). Each universities has their own evaluation criteria, and some universities require an interview or a written test in Japan. (In such case, JDS will support the candidates for the travel cost to Japan)
  6. Notification of Screening Result by the University: July, 2024
  7. Announcement of Successful Candidates by the Operating Committee: July, 2024

【Tentative Schedule from Application to Enrollment】

Feb Mar - April Mar - Jun June - July Aug Sep or Oct
Call for Application Selection by O/C Application for the University Screening by the University Arrival in Japan Enrollment in the University

*O/C=JDS Operating Committee

3. Download of Application Guideline and Application Documents

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

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  1. Application Guideline
  2. Application Documents
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