For public servant graduates to read for master’s and doctoral degrees : Japanese Government offers 17 scholarships

By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 17 2020

By Paneetha Ameresekere

The Japanese Government is offering a total of 17 scholarships for public servant graduates to read for their master’s and doctoral degrees in Japanese universities, the Education Ministry announced on its website on 11 September. 

The period of study is for the academic year 2021/22. Military personnel are however excluded from following these degree programmes.

Scholarships on offer comprise 15 for master’s degrees and two for doctoral degrees. The scholarships, per scholarship holder, includes one return trip from Sri Lanka to Japan, a monthly allowance in Japan, in addition to allowances for attending seminars, travel, travel insurance, the purchase of books, shipping and other related expenses. 

The fields covered for the master’s programme are Public Policy and Public Finance, Economics, including Development Economics, Business Management and Environment Management/Disaster Management and Climate Change.

The doctoral thesis for which these scholarships are offered, are for those fields relevant to development issues in Sri Lanka.

The universities to which scholarships are awarded to complete both of the degree programmes include the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University, the Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan, the Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Hiroshima University, the  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the International Christian University, the Graduate School of International Management, the International University of Japan, the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, the University of Tsukuba and the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.

Applications close on 30 October.

Meanwhile, the Korean Government, beginning from 2021, is offering a five-year scholarship programme for two General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A/L) qualified students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree in Korea.

The minimum requirement for an applicant  is an 80 per cent grade point average (GPA) score at the A/L and be under 25 years as at 1 March 2021.

Benefits include a return air ticket from Colombo to Korea, full tuition fees paid, a monthly allowance, medical insurance and a settlement allowance upon the completion of the degree.

Meanwhile, the five-year scholarship programme includes an education programme in the Korean language in the first year after which the undergraduate would be eligible to follow a four-year bachelor’s degree programme.

Applications close with the Korean Embassy in Colombo on 16 October. 


By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 17 2020

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