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Master's Degree Program

1. Applicant Eligibility

Nationality Citizens of Mongolia
Age Between 25 and 39 years old (inclusive) as of April 1 in 2024
(Born on/after April 2, 1984 and born on/before April 1, 1999)
Academic Background
  • Possess a Bachelor's Degree from universities authorized by the Government of Mongolia or other countries.
  • For CP 1-2-2, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University, those who obtained bachelor's degree in the field of Law is preferable.
Job Category
  • Currently employed with permanent status as:
    1. ) Core Civil Servants (Administrative service <TZ> / Special service <TT>) at central / regional Mongolian government organizations.
    2. ) Officers of Bank of Mongolia/Development Bank of Mongolia.
Work Experience
  • Have at least two (2) years of full-time work experience in the job category stated above at the time of application.
Language Proficiency
  • Have a good command of both written and spoken English for postgraduate study in Japan.
  • TOEFL iBT 60 (ITP 500), IELTS 5.5 or above is preferable. (not required)
  • Any level of Japanese language skill is preferable. (not required)
Health Condition In good mental and physical health.
Candidates who cannot take all the checkup items at the health check-up of JDS selection will be disqualified.
Ineligibility A person who falls under the followings is NOT eligible to apply:
  • Has been awarded or scheduled to receive other scholarship.
  • Has obtained a Master's Degree or higher under the support of foreign assistance.
  • Military personnel registered on the active list, person on alternative military service, and personnel on temporary leave from the active list.
  • Candidates who attend the final selection are required to submit "Final Check Form" from belonging organization that assures of reinstatement of the candidates to the former position upon returning to Mongolia.
  • Successful candidates are required to submit a "Pledge" & "Confirmation Letter" on the conditions deemed necessary as scholarship participants under the JDS Project.
  • JDS Fellows must understand the objective of JDS Project well and should have a strong willingness to work for the development of Mongolia after their return.
  • JDS Fellows are obliged to return and work within Mongolia at least two and a half years (2.5) years in their belonging organizations in order to make a contribution to the development of Mongolia through their work, complying with the Act of Pledge required by the Ministry of Education and Science.

2. How to Apply

1) Recruitment Seminars

Recruitment Seminars are scheduled to provide more detailed information on JDS Project and how to prepare application documents for prospective applicants.

To participate seminar, Pre-Registration is required. After the registration, the Zoom link / detailed information to join the seminar will be sent to your email.

September 14 (Thu) 14:00 - 15:30 Online (Zoom) Pre-Registration
September 23 (Sat) 11:00 - 12:30 Online (Zoom)
September 30 (Sat) 11:00 - 12:30 Venue: Mongolia Japan Center 2nd Floor
October 5 (Thu) 18:30 - 20:00 Venue: Mongolia Japan Center 1st Floor

2) Supportive videos for the application

3. Online Application

Please refer to the Application Guideline and apply from online form by the deadline

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  1. Application Guideline
  2. Prescribed format
  3. Online Application Manual
Online Application System

Application Deadline

Deadline for Application: 14:00, November 6 (Mon), 2023
→Partially extended to 14:00 on November 20(Mon), 2023 (Closed)

Late submission and incomplete application documents shall NOT be accepted.

4. Selection Procedure

Schedule Steps Description
Sep 4 - Nov 6, 2023 Application Closing Date: 14:00 on November 6 (Mon), 2023
→Partially extended to 14:00 on November 20(Mon), 2023

Further details → P.6 "Application" in the Application Guideline
Nov 26, 2023 Academic aptitude test TOEFL-ITP and Math tests. The test results will be reviewed by the universities in later selection stages.
*Applicants for Kyushu University are exempted from the Math test.
Dec, 2023 1st Selection Document Screening: Application Documents and research plan will be examined by the Japanese universities.
Early Jan - Mid of Feb 2024 English Training 50 hours of English training course will be provided to candidates who passed the 1st selection. *Only those who can fully attend and complete the course
Jan, 2024 Health Checkup The health checkup will be arranged at a hospital in Ulaanbaatar.
Mid of Feb, 2024 2nd Selection Technical Interview: Faculty members of the Japanese Universities will visit Ulaanbaatar to conduct their interview exams.
Mid of March, 2024 3rd Selection Comprehensive Interview: The JDS Operating Committee (OC) members will conduct their interview exams. "Final Check Form" will be required1.
End of March, 2024 Approval by the OC Successful candidates will be approved and notified
Apr, 2024 Application Procedure JICE will support application for each university
Apr - Jun, 2024 Japanese Training All successful candidates must attend a Japanese training course.
Jul, 2024 Orientations Provided by JICA and JICE.
Aug, 2024 Departure for Japan JICE will arrange air-ticket, visa, and support after the arrival in Japan.

1 Candidates will be required to submit a "Final Check Form" before undergoing the final selection. The letter form will be provided to the candidates who have passed the 2nd selection. At this selection stage, those candidates are close to reaching an acceptable level once they pass the final selection. Therefore, "Final Check Form" is a kind of preliminary confirmation-letter to confirm if their workplace can release the candidates from their work duties keeping their positions in the workplaces while they study in Japan for 2 years.

<Important Note>
  • All the selection costs will be covered by JDS project.
  • Limited transportation allowance will be provided to candidates coming from provincial areas for the selections.
  • Application with false statements or plagiarism will be immediately disqualified.
  • The result of 1st selection will be announced to successful candidates only. From 2nd selection, the result will be announced to all candidates by JICE JDS Project Office.
  • In principle, reasons of the selection results will not be disclosed.

5. Tips for Selection:

1) Research Plan

In the JDS selections, each candidate will be evaluated on her/his academic abilities enough to pursue the master 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 learn about 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 plagiarizing from somebody's work or websites is strongly prohibited.

Please refer to P.7 'Tips on Application and Selection (Reference)' and 'Guideline for Writing a Research Plan' in the Application Guideline for more information.

2) English & Math Exam

Every qualified applicant except for those who have qualified English scores will be required to take English proficiency test (TOEFL-ITP) as well as math test in Ulaanbaatar in November 2023.

  • TOEFL consists of 3 parts with 'Listening Comprehension (50 questions)' for about 35 minutes, 'Structure and Written Expression (40 questions)' for 25 minutes, and 'Reading Comprehension (50 questions)' for 55 minutes.
  • 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.

The English and Math test results will be reviewed by the universities in the selection stages. Universities may require the applicants to have good command of English skill (TOEFL iBT 60 (ITP500), IELTS 5.5 or higher is preferable (not required)) and numeracy skills. Please be well prepared for the exams.

* Applicants for the components of 1-2-2 (Kyushu University) are exempted from the Math test.

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