ABE Initiative SDGs Global Leader Program for Masters and PhD Scholarships

The ABE Initiative SDGs Global Leader Program aims to award two-year masters and three-year PhD scholarships for young African leaders. Read on to know more if you qualify for the opportunity.

Application deadline: October 28, 2021

Benefits of the ABE Initiative SDGs Global Leader Program

The program intends to strengthen the partnership between Africa and Japan, as well as the implementation of political-strategic decision-making and execution, in order to capacitate young or mid-career human resources who are contributing to tackling difficulties faced in numerous disciplines.

Applicants should ideally be middle-management government employees or academics who are passionate about making a difference in public policy administration and economics and want to be active in policy formulation, politics, and development challenges.

Participants in the program may also be interested in participating in “Additional Programs,” which include networking events with Japanese companies and internship opportunities. The Japan Development Studies Program (JICA-DSP), which gives information about Japan’s modernization, World War II, and development experiences, is also promoted.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the ABE Initiative SDGs Global Leader Scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Be under the age of 40 (before 1 April 2022)
  • For Master’s Degree, a Bachelor’s degree (including B-Tech) with honors or equivalent to NQF8 is required, as well as a 65 percent average in academic transcripts.
  • For a Doctor’s Degree, you must have a Master’s degree (NQF9) and a minimum academic transcript average of 65 percent.
  • Have worked in the current organization for more than six months

To apply, you must first get authorization from the present organization and then be reinstated.

How to Apply for a Masters and PhD Scholarships

In order to start your application process for the ABE Initiative SDGs Global Leader Program, kindly email marked PDF files of application documents (less than 4MB in a mail) and submit the original documents to the following address:

ABE Program

Japan International Cooperation Agency
JICA South Africa Office
Lord Charles Office Block, Building B, 1st Floor 337
Brooklyn Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0081
P.O.Box 14068, Hatfield, 0028
Republic of South Africa

The files to be downloaded and submitted are as follows:


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