IDEAS was founded in 1990 for the purpose of training front-line development specialists in the field of economic development and economic cooperation.
From FY 2018, IDEAS will revamp the training program, the purpose of which is to train front-line experts engaged in practical businesses related to international trade and investment.



IDEAS Program

The training program for overseas fellows started in 1991. The objective was to enhance the absorption capacity of foreign aid in developing countries.
From this fiscal year 2018, IDEAS launches the new three months’ program for the middle-career officials who are mainly in charge of policy planning or business practice in the fields of trade and investment in governmental organizations in Asian and African countries. Also, this new program is designed for Japanese fellows who want to deepen their understanding of international trade, foreign investment and international economy. The program provides opportunities to become familiar with industrial policies of Japan and other developed countries as well as to study the trade and investment. As of the end of March 2018, from 121 governmental organizations in 25 Asian and African countries, 405 fellows have participated in this program.

Training Period
The program runs from October through January next year. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be granted a Diploma in International 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. It would be preferable that applicants are engaged in the field of promotion of trade and investment.
  2. Applicants who have more than three years of work experience would be preferable. Excellent applicants with less than three years of work experience would be also eligible for training participation on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The expected age is 35 years old or younger.
  4. Applicants, who hold a master's degree or have equivalent experiences regardless of field, would be preferable. Excellent applicants who only have bachelor’s degree would be also eligible for training participation on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Applicants should have sufficient English ability to participate in university-level work. A TOEFL iBT score of more than 88 would be highly recommended (Competence in the Japanese language is not required).
  6. Applicants need to accept "Terms and Conditions" provided by IDEAS.

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.
  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 a designated accommodation facility, which is suitable for international guests.