ABE Initiative

ABE Initiative (JICA) Masters Scholarship & Internship Program 2023 for African Students

ABE Initiative Masters Scholarship & Internship Program 2023

The ABE Initiative aims at fostering leaders with proven ability to contribute towards Africa’s development in collaboration with the Japanese private sector. JICA is looking for prominent young South African nationals who are or anticipating to be involved in industrial development activities in both public and private sectors, and who have strong motivation to strengthen economic ties between South Africa and Japan.

ABE Initiative

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of eligible African countries
  • Be less than 40 (as of 1 April 2023)
  • Have some work experience
  • Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  • Bachelor’s degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 or above
  • Minimum average of 65% score in academic transcript Have good understanding of the ABE Initiative’s objectives
  • Have adequate English skills in both written and oral communication

Eligible Countries: South Africa


  1. 8th Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2022, Bangkok Thailand  (Scholarship available)
  2. UNCTAD eTrade for Women Masterclass for English-speaking Africa 2022
  3. DBN Entrepreneurship Training Programme 2022

Benefits/Value of Award:

The program provides African youths with opportunities to study at Japanese universities and to work at Japanese enterprises.

Duration of Award: Up to two and half years will be allocated for a Master’s Degree.

Application deadline

The deadline is on October 7, 2022

Application Process

All applications should be submitted by email to the following addresses: kouakouchantal.co@jica.go.jp or co_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

The subject of the email should be as follows : “[ABE Initiative FY2023] Submission of Application”

No late application will be accepted. It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

For more information: Visit the ABE Initiative Award Webpage for Details

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