The JDS Program (the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) (former Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)) is a Master's course in law taught entirely in English to qualified individuals from selected organizations in designated recipient countries.
The JDS Program is taught on a full-time basis and takes 24 months for completion, beginning in October every year and ending in September two years later. All JDS students are expected to complete a 20-credit (approx. 2-3 courses per semester for two years) coursework curriculum and write a Master’s Thesis of 70 pages.
The program is fully-funded by JICA (the Japan International Cooperation Agency) and aims at training highly capable young officials who will engage in implementing social and economic development plans as future leaders in their home country.
For further details on the JDS project, please see:
2. Program Duration
The JDS Program is taught on a full-time basis and takes 24 months for completion, beginning in October every year and ending in September two years later.
3. Program Curriculum
All JDS students are expected to complete a 20-credit (approx. 2-3 courses per semester for two years) coursework curriculum and write a Master’s Thesis of 70 pages.
The following is a list of courses offered in the current academic year:
4. Admission Requirements
For admission to the IEBL, students must meet the following requirements:
- An undergraduate degree in Law from an accredited university.
- A good command of English. A TOEFL score of 237+ (computer-based), 580+ (paper-based), or 92+ (Internet-based) or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.
5. Admission Requirements, Application Materials & Procedure
Please contact the JICA Office for further details on admission requirements and application materials.
Contact information is available here:
6. Student Life
For information on housing, health care and other matters related to life in Japan, please see the International Student & Researcher Support Center page:
7. Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs
All University Fees are covered by JICA and a monthly stipend is also provided.
Am I entitled to a waiver of the TOEFL etc. language requirement?
Our normal practice is to require all applicants for whom English is a second language to submit a TOEFL test or equivalent, although if there are some special circumstances we will consider a waiver.
If I have taken an English test other than TOEFL, what score is required?
A conversion chart is available here
Do I need a law degree in order to apply for the JDS Program?
A law degree is not absolutely necessary in order to be eligible to apply, however, a significant part of your undergraduate degree must have been in law.
9. Contact Details & Inquiries
Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to the JICA Office of the prospective applicant’s home country. This information is available here: