Prospective Students

JICA SDGs Global Leader Program

  • Enrollment
    Fall (September)

  • Number of Students Admitted

  • Types of Programs
    Research Student program (eligible to enroll in a master’s or doctoral program)

  • Application Period
    Early March to early April


Through the SDGs Global Leader program, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) aims to foster junior-/mid-level government officials, academics, and leading human resources in various fields. They will be capable of influencing policymaking in their countries or contributing to socioeconomic development in the near future by conducting research in a master’s/doctoral program at a Japanese university.

The program accepts scholars from selected countries by region, which include Southeast Asia, the Pacific region, South Asia, East and Central Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. (For a list of selected countries please refer to the Application Guide).

Officially dispatched students in 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 or doctoral 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 2023)

  1. 1. September 2023 – March 2024 (Research Students, 6 months)
  2. 2. April 2024 – March 2026 (Master’s students, 2 years) OR
    April 2024 – March 2027 (Doctoral students, 3 years)

Intended for those who seek

To complete a master’s (2 years) or doctoral (3 years) degree program after completing the Research Student program (6 months)

NOTE: Before applying to this program, applicants must first pass the selection process 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 selected countries through research at Tokyo Tech

Applications are now closed

JICA SDGs Global Leader, commencing in September 2023

Application and Admissions Schedule

Admission Date

Late September 2023 (to be announced)

Number of Students
to be Admitted


Types of Programs

Research Student program (eligible to enroll in a master’s or doctoral program)

Application Period

March 1 – April 1, 2023

List of Faculty

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

School of Engineering

List of Faculty

School of Materials and Chemical Technology

List of Faculty

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 Procedure

Please follow the steps below to apply.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 SDGs Global Leader scholarship, please visit the JICA website: