ADB-Japan Scholarship Program ,Developing Countries ,Asia


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The Asian Development  Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) was established in April 1988 with  financing from the Government of Japan.   It aims to provide an  opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to  undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology,  and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in  the Asian and Pacific Region.

Upon completion of their  study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social  development of their home countries.

Host Institution(s):

ADB-JSP provides   scholarships only to participating  academic institutions under the Program.

Field(s) of study:

Programs covered by the  ADB-JSP are postgraduate studies in economics, management, health, education,  agriculture,  environment, natural resource management, science and  technology, and other development-related fields.

Only programs at the 20 participating academic institutions in the Asian and  Pacific Regions are eligible for ADB-JSP funding.

Number of Scholarships:

About 300 scholarships are  awarded annually.

Target group:

The scholarships are open to  citizens of ADB’s  developing member countries.

Scholarship  value/inclusions:

The ADB-JSP provides full  tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, an allowance for  books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.

For scholars engaged in  research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.  In special  circumstances computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses  may be covered under the scholarship.

The scholarship is for one  year with an extension to the second year of study, as appropriate, which shall  be conditional on the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of performance as  determined by the institute.   The maximum duration of scholarship  award is two years for masters and doctorate programs.


1. A national of an ADB  borrowing member country (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing  from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).

2. Gained admission to an  approved MA/PhD course at an academic institution .

3. A bachelor’s degree or  its equivalent with superior academic record.

4. At least two (2) years of  full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree)  at the time of application. Proficiency in oral and written English  communication skills to be able to pursue studies.

5. Not more than 35 years  old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programs which are  appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years  old.

6. In good health.

7. Should agree to return to  his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.

8. Executive Directors,  Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of  the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.

9. Staff of academic  institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.

10. Applicants living or  working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for  scholarships.

11. ADB-JSP does not support  applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.

12. ADB-JSP does not sponsor  undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training,  conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

Application  instructions:

The procedure in applying  for ADB-JSP Scholarships is outlined below:

1. Applicants should request  information and application forms from the chosen Academic Institution(s.  Applicants are encouraged to access various resources, including the  institutions’ websites and handbooks, and institution information sessions held  in-country, to assist them in making an informed decision on the academic  institution and course they wish to undertake.

2. Applicants should  indicate to the academic institution that they are applying for admission and  that they would like to be considered for the ADB-JSP Scholarship. The completed  Institution application form and required documentation, including the ADB-JSP  Information Sheet form, should be submitted to the academic institution.  Applicants must ensure that they submit accurate and complete documentation.  Failure to do so may result in an application not being processed or to an award  being terminated if documentation or information provided is later determined to  be false. Applicants are required to submit their latest Income Tax Return or  Certification of their Annual Salary/Monthly Salary, whichever is available.  They should also submit a Certification of Family Income (Parent’s Income).

3. The academic institution  will screen and rank the applicants, based on its own selection criteria,  keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the ADB.  In the evaluation process, the academic institution may contact the candidates  for further information. The academic institution will then submit its ranked  list of applicants to ADB, including a description of the score/grading system  which is the basis for the ranking.

4. ADB will review the  submission from the academic institutions and recommend awardees based on the  selection criteria of ADB to the Executive Director of Japan for formal  approval.

5. Upon approval by the  Executive Director of Japan, ADB will advise academic institutions on the  successful candidates.

6. The academic institution  will inform all applicants of the outcome of the selection process and begin to  make arrangements for the awardees take up their scholarships.

7. The academic institutions  will arrange for the signing of the Acceptance of Scholarship Award by awardee  wherein the scholars agree that after completion of their study, they will  return to their home country.

8. ADB will send an  appropriate congratulatory letter to each scholar.

No separate application to  ADB is necessary.  Send applications for scholarships at least six  months prior to the planned time that you wish to commence  studies.   Please refer to the normal month of intake and deadline of  application in the participating academic institutions.

It is important to visit the  official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for  this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website: