Prospective Students

JICA ABE Initiative

Admission Date: Late September 2021 (to be announced)
Number of Students to be Admitted: Several

Types of Programs: Research Student Program (Master's Program only)
Application Period: March 1 – April 1, 2021

List of Faculties 2021 ABE INITIATIVE excel.pdf

Application Form Download

Application form

Do not change the downloadable form.

1. General Prospectus

The ABE Initiative, or African Business Education Initiative for Youth, is conducted by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), to support young personnel who can be a "Navigator" for contributing to the development of industries in Africa. This program offers opportunities for young and eligible African men and women to study at Master's courses in Japanese universities as international students and to experience internships at Japanese enterprises. The aim is to develop effective skills in order to contribute to various fields. Beyond acquisition of skills and knowledge, this program also intends to cultivate excellent personnel who can recognize and understand the contexts of Japanese society and systems of Japanese companies. The expected outcome of the program is a network of potential contributors to the development of African industries who will also lead Japanese businesses to engage further in economic activities in Africa.

Officially dispatched students under the program will enroll in Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) as Research Students in the Research Student Program starting from September 2021.

Participants who pass the entrance examination for April 2022 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.

2. Program

Please refer to JICA website of your home country for further details of the program.

Master's Degree and Internship Program of African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)

Standard Timetable at Tokyo Tech

  1. 1. September 2021 – March 2022 (Research students, 6 months)
  2. 2. Degree-seeking students
    April 2022 – March 2024 (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 the master's degree program under ABE Initiative may not proceed to the doctoral program at Tokyo Tech.

Reference Information

3. Qualifications and JICA Financial Support


Individuals must satisfy eligibility requirements of both JICA and Tokyo Tech.

  • For eligibility requirements of JICA, please contact JICA of your home country.
  • For eligibility requirements of Tokyo Tech, please refer to the following.

Individuals must satisfy either of the following criteria to apply for Research Students at Tokyo Tech:

(i) He or she must be a graduate of a university or college, or is expecting to graduate before enrollment at Tokyo Tech.
(ii) He or she is recognized by Tokyo Tech as having academic abilities equal to that of university or college graduates.
(iii) Individuals should not be registered as a student at any other university or college at the expected time of enrollment as a Research Student.

Scholarship Benefits

Scholarship recipients will be provided a monthly stipend of 146,000 JPY (as Research Student). This stipend is subject to change as specified by the regulations of the JICA ABE Initiative program. The monthly stipend will not be paid to those who take a leave of absence or is long absent from Tokyo Tech. The term of scholarship is from October 2021 to March 2022 as a Research Student (the monthly stipend will not be provided for September 2021).

4. Application Procedures

Please follow three steps of application procedures as follows.

1st step: Selection procedures at JICA office of your home country (through November 2020)

Applicants are required to submit necessary documents to JICA overseas office and go through the selection process. For those applicants who select Tokyo Tech as no. 1 choice, the applicants must first find and contact your prospective academic supervisor. Additionally, at this step, all applicants may contact prospective academic supervisor to verify your specialization and preferred research field. To find prospective academic supervisor, please refer to "1. Finding an Academic Supervisor" below for details.

2nd step: Matching Procedures at Tokyo Tech (from mid-December 2020 – early January 2021)

The applicants who passed the 1st step can proceed to the "Matching" procedures at Tokyo Tech. At this step, the selected applicants may undergo an initial interview by our faculty members, including your prospective academic supervisor. The selected applicants may be asked to submit necessary documents at this step required by Tokyo Tech, which may include the following: Official Academic transcripts, Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation, Research plan or Research Status Sheet, English proficiency test scores, and Evaluation sheet with Recommendation Letter from a Supervisor, Head of Department, etc. of the last university attended. Please refer to "2. Documents to be Submitted" below for the detail of these documents.

3rd step: Applying for Tokyo Tech (March 1 – April 1, 2021)

After 1st and 2nd steps, final candidates are selected. At this step, final candidates are required to officially apply for Tokyo Tech by submitting the completed application documents to Tokyo Tech, no later than the application deadline of April 1, 2021, by registered mail, courier service or a similar service. Please refer to "2. Documents to be Submitted" and "3. Submission of Application Documents" below for details. Notification of the results will be announced in July 2021 by JICA.

1. Finding an Academic Supervisor

To find prospective academic supervisor, the applicant is required to communicate directly with his/her prospective academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech via email and provide a self-introductory statement and a letter of intent for his/her period of study at Tokyo Tech.

For further information on our faculty members, please refer to the Organization chart to choose a suitable prospective academic supervisor based on your specialization and preferred research field. Contact the specific faculty member directly and obtain his or her consent (use the researcher database site, the "STAR Search" (Researchers' Database)on Tokyo Tech's web site.

Once accepted at 2nd step above, the applicant must request that his/her academic supervisor write a "Letter of Acceptance". The academic supervisor must fill out the form and directly submit it to the International Student Exchange Division by January 7, 2021. The "Letter of Acceptance" will serve as one of the applicant's documents to be considered during the application screening process in 3rd step.

2. Documents to be Submitted


Check sheet and Questionnaire (Form 1) (double-sided printing)


Application Form (Form 2) (double-sided printing, original, no photocopies)
Photograph (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced) Write your name and nationality on the reverse side. The photograph must be pasted on the application form. Digital photograph inserted in the form is also acceptable.


Research plan or Research Status sheet [Research Proposal] (Form 3) (double-sided printing


Official Academic Transcripts
Bachelor's degree holders: Submit transcripts from undergraduate school(s) (originals or certified copies)
Master's / Doctoral degree holders: Submit transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate schools (originals or certified copies)


Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation
Bachelor's degree holders: Submit certificates from undergraduate school(s) (originals or certified copies)
Master's / Doctoral degree holders: Submit certificates from both undergraduate and graduate schools (originals or certified copies)


Summary of Thesis (free format)
Applicants who have not written a formal thesis are requested to submit the details of research he/she conducted at his/her home university.


English Proficiency Test Score Report (original, no photocopies)

Applicants are required to submit English proficiency test score reports of the following tests taken on or after April 2, 2019:

TOEFL iBT (including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition)
TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution (taken in Mainland of China)
TOEFL Paper delivered Test
IELTS Academic Module

Tokyo Tech will not accept score reports from the Institutional Testing Program of TOEFL(TOEFL -ITP) and TOEIC (TOEIC-IP), TOEIC S&W, or other proficiency tests not specifically listed above.
Applicants can request ETS or the British Council to send an official score report directly to Tokyo Tech, ensuring that it reaches the Admissions Division by the designated deadline. Tokyo Tech’s institutional code number for ETS is “0215.”
Note that score sheets downloaded from a website will not be accepted.

Exemption from English Language Proficiency Test Score Report Submission

Applicants who meet either (or both) of the following conditions may be exempted from the English language proficiency test score submission requirement.

(i) Native English speakers

(ii) Students who have been awarded an undergraduate and/or graduate degree* from an institution where all instruction was in English
Please note that the department of the applicant’s prospective academic supervisor will determine whether or not the applicant is exempted from this requirement.

Prior to submitting their application, applicants should consult with their intended academic supervisor and obtain an email or a letter issued by the department to verify that they are exempted from requirement to submit test scores. After obtaining this verification, the applicant should submit a printed copy of the email or letter together with their other application materials.

*Undergraduate and graduate degrees should be equivalent to the Japanese educational definitions of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


Evaluation Sheet with a Recommendation Letter from a Supervisor, Head of Department, etc. of the last university attended to verify the potential of applicant (Form 4) (original, no photocopies)


Copy of Applicant's Passport (the page(s) with applicant's name, nationality, date of birth and photo)


Condition of Provisional Acceptance from JICA (or provisional acceptance letter received from JICA to apply for this program)

3. Submission of Application Documents

The completed application documents must reach the International Student Exchange Division no later than April 1, 2021, by registered mail, courier service or a similar service.

Application Form Download (WORD)

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Mailing Address:

International Student Exchange Division

Tokyo Institute of Technology

2-12-1-S6-7, Ookayama, Meguro-ku,

Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

TEL: +81-3-5734-2236

FAX: +81-3-5734-3677

1. These documents must be written in either Japanese or English. A document written in any other language must be attached with a Japanese or English translation.
2. Tokyo Tech will not accept any documents received after the stated deadline or any incomplete applications.
3. Tokyo Tech cannot respond to any inquiries regarding receipt of individual application documents. The applicant is responsible for the tracking and receipt of all materials. Tokyo Tech strongly encourages sending the documents by registered mail, courier service or a similar service that provides tracking numbers and receipt verification services.
4. Submitted documents will not be returned under any circumstances. Tokyo Tech will not provide photocopies of the submitted documents. Please keep a copy of all documents for personal reference. In the event that a document cannot be re-issued, please submit a certified copy instead.
5. Admission may be withdrawn at any time, even after enrollment, if the application documents are found to be invalid or containing any false information.

4. Notification of the Application Results

In July 2021, notification of the results will be announced by JICA.


International Student Exchange Division