Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship Program?

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, business and 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.

What does the scholarship cover?

The ADB-JSP provides

  • full tuition fees
  • a monthly subsistence and housing allowance
  • an allowance for books and instructional materials
  • medical insurance
  • travel expenses

For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.

What is the duration of the scholarship award?

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.

What are the eligibility requirements for ADB-JSP?

  1. A national of an ADB borrowing member (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 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 the JSP designated institutions are not eligible to apply to their own institution.
  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.

What are the participating institutions of the ADB-JSP?

The following institutions participate in the Program:

1. Crawford School of Economics and Government (National Centre for Development Studies)
Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
2. University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
3. University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, China
4. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi, India
5. Hitotsubashi University
School of International and Public Policy
Tokyo, Japan
6. International University of Japan Niigata, Japan
7. Keio University
International Graduate Programs on Advanced Science and Technology
Graduate School of Economics
Graduate School of System Design and Management
Yokohama, Japan
8. Kobe University
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
Kobe, Japan
9. Kyushu University
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences Graduate School of Law
Fukuoka, Japan
10. Nagoya University
Graduate School of International Development
Nagoya, Japan
11. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
(formerly Graduate School of Policy Science, Saitama University)
Tokyo, Japan
12. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
Oita, Japan
13. Ritsumeikan University
Graduate School of Economics
Kyoto, Japan
14. Saitama University
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Saitama, Japan
15. Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo, Japan
16. The University of Tokyo
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Urban Engineering
Graduate School of Public Policy
Institute of Environmental Studies
School of International Health
Tokyo, Japan
17. Tsukuba University
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ibaraki, Japan
18. University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
19. Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore, Pakistan
20. Asian Institute of Management Manila, Philippines
21. International Rice Research Institute
University of the Philippines, Los Banos
Laguna, Philippines
22. Nanyang Technological University Nanyang Business School Singapore
23. National University of Singapore Singapore
24. Asian Institute of Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
25. Thammasat University Bangkok, Thailand
26. East-West Center, University of Hawaii Hawaii, USA

Can I apply to a university/institution outside the participating institutions of ADB-JSP?

No. ADB-JSP provides scholarships only to participating academic institutions under the Program.

What are the programs covered by the ADB-JSP?

Programs covered by the ADB-JSP are postgraduate studies in

  • economics
  • management
  • health
  • education
  • agriculture
  • environment
  • natural resource management
  • science and technology
  • other development-related fields

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

Can I apply for courses not listed as "Approved Fields of Study" under ADB-JSP?

No. The Program covers only courses listed as "Approved Fields of Study" under each of the participating institutions.

What is the procedure for applying for ADB-JSP?

  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. There is a two years employment restriction at the ADB Group after the completion of their academic program
  8. ADB will send an appropriate congratulatory letter to each scholar.

What are the criteria for selection of ADB-JSP scholars?

  1. Qualifications of the candidate.
  2. Priority to the ranking, or order of merit, proposed by the DIs.
  3. Applicants with less than two years of work experience will not be selected.
  4. Preference to women candidates.
  5. Preference to applicants with lesser financial capacity
  6. The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad.
  7. The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who are pursuing a second MA degree.
  8. Candidates who are applying at a DI in their own country may not be selected.
  9. Diversification of nationality in the overall Program as well as at each DI level will be considered.
  10. The Program encourages studies in line with core areas of ADB's Strategy 2020, which address poverty reduction through infrastructure, environment, regional cooperation and integration, finance sector development, and education. Strategy 2020, ADB's long-term strategy, sets ADB's strategic course for its operations to the year 2020.

When is the deadline for submission of application?

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.

Where can I get a copy of the Information Sheet for the ADB-JSP?

You can download the information sheet in MS Word format or PDF format and photocopy them.

ADB-JSP brochures with information sheets are also available from participating academic institutions, ADB's Public Information Center, Office of Cofinancing Operations, and ADB's field offices.

Can I apply to more than one institution at the same time?

Yes. You may apply to more than one institution simultaneously. However, you should mention this in the application form.

Is there an age limit for applying for ADB-JSP scholarships?

Yes. Applicants should not be more than 35 years of age 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.

Does ADB-JSP cover funding for seminars and short training courses?

No. ADB-JSP provides funding only for postgraduate studies. ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminar, thesis writing and research projects.

Does ADB-JSP provide an allowance for dependents?

No. ADB-JSP provides funding for the scholar only and does not cover expenses for the scholar's spouse or other dependents.

Important points to consider when applying for ADB-JSP:

  • No separate application to ADB is necessary.
  • The completed information sheet, together with all copies of academic records, should be sent to the institution at least six months before the start of the program that you wish to join.
  • Only candidates who have been offered admission and endorsed by the participating academic institutions will be considered for the scholarships by ADB.
  • The ADB-JSP does not cover: expenses for the scholar's family; extra-curricular courses or training; additional travel during the course of the study program; additional expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, or participation in workshops, seminars, or internships while at the DI or purchase of educational equipment such as computers.
  • Completion of the information sheet or admission by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise, until you have been informed by the institution that you have been awarded a scholarship.
  • Candidates who have been awarded ADB-JSP scholarship are not eligible for a second ADB-JSP scholarship.

What is the address of ADB-JSP?

For further information, contact:

ADB-Japan Scholarship Program
Office of Cofinancing Operations
Asian Development Bank
Request for information
Fax: + 63 2 636 2444; + 63 2 636 2456

Visit us: Room 7729 East
Asian Development Bank
#6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila, Philippines