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Japan Scholarship Program

Year Established




Cumulative Contributions Committed

$212.1 million


$203.7 million for 4,367 scholars

The ADB–Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) encourages and strengthens human resource development. It aims to give qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries opportunities to pursue graduate studies in economics, business and management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at selected educational institutions in the Asia and Pacific region. The program is open to nationals of an ADB borrowing member country who have gained admission to an approved master’s program at a designated institution.

In 2023, the ADB–JSP celebrated its 35th anniversary through a 2-day hybrid conference. This event included the ADB–JSP Symposium: Knowledge for Development, the Thesis of the Year Award Workshop, and the Graduating Scholars Plenary, aimed at inspiring our ADB–JSP scholars and alumni to contribute to their home country’s development. The conference helped strengthen the alumni and scholars’ network and created greater program visibility.


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24 Aug 2023

ADB–Japan Scholarship Program’s 35th Anniversary

The ADB–JSP celebrated its 35th anniversary with a symposium, its annual thesis of the year awarding ceremony, and a convocation of graduating scholars on 24–25 August 2023. The event inspired ADB–JSP scholars and alumni to contribute to their country’s socioeconomic development.


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    Erdenebayar Ganzorig: ADB–JSP Impact Story

    Armed with a master’s degree in business administration from a Japanese university, Erdenebayar became chief operating officer of his company and managed to attract over $1 billion investments into Mongolia to support small and micro-enterprises and encourage of energy-efficient initiatives.

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    Le Thi My Dan: ADB–JSP Impact Story

    After working as a media practitioner in Viet Nam, Le Thi was awarded a scholarship from ADB to pursue a master’s in international relations. She now works as a university lecturer and has founded a nongovernment organization that works for the welfare and education of children.