IDE Advanced School (IDEAS) was founded in 1990 for the purpose of training front-line development specialists in the field of economic development and economic cooperation.



Program for Overseas Fellows

The training program for overseas fellows started in 1991. The objective is to enhance the absorption capacity of foreign aid in developing countries. The program is designed for young officials who are in charge of socio-economic development policy planning and implementation in governmental organizations in the developing countries. The program provides opportunities to become familiar with the aid administration policies of Japan and other developed countries as well as to study the economic development of Japan and Asian countries. As of the end of March 2017, from 117 governmental organizations in 25 Asian and African countries, 387 fellows have participated in this program.

Training Period

The program runs from September through March next year. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be granted a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants should be public officials working for the government or public institutions in developing countries. Their work should be related to economic assistance or socioeconomic development.
  2. Applicants should have more than three years working experience.
  3. Applicants should be 35 years of age or younger as of October 1, 2017, in principle.
  4. Applicants should hold a master's or higher degree, or have equivalent experience, regardless of field.
  5. Applicants should have sufficient English ability to participate in university-level work. A TOEFL iBT score of at least 88 is highly recommended (Competence in the Japanese language is not required).
  6. Applicants should be persons who can be recommended by their current governmental organization.

Note: IDEAS retains the right to select countries and organizations of the applicants.

Allowances & Services

Fellows will be provided with:

  1. A round trip economy-class air ticket.
  2. A monthly stipend determined in accordance with IDE regulations.
  3. Free tuition for course work.
  4. Free textbooks and audio visual equipment for study purposes.
  5. An individual locker, desk and computer with Internet access.
  6. Access to the IDE/JETRO library.
Accommodation Facilities

Overseas fellows are required to stay at designated accommodation facilities, which are suitable for international guests.