Prospective Students

JICA ABE Initiative


Fall (September)

Number of Students Admitted


Types of Programs

Research Student program (eligible to enroll in a master's program only)

Application Period

Early March to early April


The ABE Initiative, or African Business Education Initiative for Youth, is conducted by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), to support young professionals who can "navigate" and contribute to the development of industries in Africa. This program offers opportunities for young, eligible African men and women to study master's courses at Japanese universities as international students and to experience internships at Japanese enterprises.

Officially dispatched students of the program will enroll at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) as research students in the Research Student program starting in September. Participants who pass the entrance examination for April of the following year will be eligible to enroll in Tokyo Tech's master's degree program. Those who do not pass the entrance examination must return to their home countries.

Standard Timetable for Tokyo Tech (Example: Enrollment in September 2022)

  1. 1. September 2022 – March 2023 (Research Students, 6 months)
  2. 2. April 2023 – March 2025 (Master's students only, 2 years)
  3. 3. Participants are expected to participate in internships during their stay in Japan (e.g., summer break, after graduation, etc.)

NOTE: Students who enter a master's degree program under the ABE Initiative may not proceed to a doctoral program at Tokyo Tech.

Intended for those who seek

To complete a master's degree program (2 years) after completing the Research Student program (6 months)

NOTE: Before applying for this program, applicants must first pass a selection procedure at the JICA office of their home country. Please refer to the Application Guide for more details.

  • Financial support that covers tuition, airfare, stipend, etc. provided by JICA
  • A graduate degree program that contributes to the development of Africa through research at Tokyo Tech

Applications are now closed

JICA ABE Initiative, commencing in September 2022

Application and Admissions Schedule

Admission Date

Late September 2022 (to be announced)

Number of Students to be Admitted


Types of Programs

Research Student program (eligible to enroll in a master's program only)

Application Period

March 1 – April 1, 2022

List of Faculty

Please refer to the List of Faculty for departments and faculties that accept students under this scholarship program

Downloaded Application Formats

File Name

Who must submit


Check sheet and Questionnaire


Application Form


Research plan or Research Status sheet (Research Proposal)


Evaluation Sheet with a Recommendation Letter from a Supervisor, Head of Department, etc. of the last unifersity attended to verify the potential of applicant


Application Procedures

Please follow the steps below to apply.

Selection procedure at the JICA office of one’s home country (through November)
Applicants are required to submit necessary documents to a JICA overseas office and go through the selection process.
Matching procedure at Tokyo Tech (from mid-December to early January)
The applicants who pass the first step can proceed to the "matching" procedure at Tokyo Tech. Applicants who select Tokyo Tech as their first choice must find and contact their prospective academic supervisor.
Applying for Tokyo Tech (early March to early April)
At this step, final candidates are required to officially apply to Tokyo Tech by submitting their completed application documents.


JICA students will be provided a monthly stipend of JPY 146,000 (as a research student). This stipend is subject to change as specified by the regulations of JICA.

After Being Admitted

For more information

For more information about the JICA ABE Initiative program, please visit the JICA website: