With funding from the Japanese government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)–Japan Scholarship Programme (JSP) was founded in April 1988. It seeks to give highly qualified residents of ADB's developing members the chance to pursue postgraduate studies at 29 academic institutions spread across ten Asia-Pacific nations in the areas of economics, business and management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. Scholars are expected to advance the social and economic advancement of their home nations after completing their study programmes.
Type of scholarship
Level of program
Graduate and doctorate
December 1, 2024 (tentative)
Scholarships in Asia and the Pacific
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What are the benefits of the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
The benefits offered by the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship are:
Whole cost of tuition
A monthly allowance for subsistence, which includes housing books and educational resources
Travel costs and medical insurance
A special grant for thesis preparation may be available to scholars who are conducting research. Under certain conditions, the scholarship may cover courses related to computer literacy, preparatory language, and other related subjects.
What is the eligibility criteria for the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
To be eligible for the Asian Development Bank- Japan Scholarship, applicant should:
Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
Be a citizen of an ADB borrowing member country or a country eligible for the Japanese ODA scholarship;
Have been admitted to a master's programme at a designated institution;
Possess a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and an exceptional academic record;
At the time of application, have at least two (2) years of full-time professional work experience that was gained after receiving a university degree;
To be able to pursue studies, the Applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English communication;
Be in good health;
Not be older than 35 at the time of application, unless the Government of Japan specifically waives this requirement in special circumstances;
Agree to return to and work in his/her home country for at least two (2) years after completing the Program's studies in order to contribute to its development;
Not be an Executive Director, Alternate Director, management, staff, or consultant of ADB, or close relatives of the aforementioned by blood or adoption, with the term "close relative" defined as: spouse, mother, stepmother, father, stepfather, sister, stepsister, brother, stepbrother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew;
Not work for ADB-JSP Designated Institutions;
Not live or work in a country other than his/her own;
Not be enrolled in any graduate degree programme.
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What is the application process for the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
The application process for the Asian Development Bank- Japan Scholarship is:
- The applicant needs to make requests for information and application forms from the selected partner institution.
- Once the application form has been received by the applicant, the applicant completes the application's required documents, including the ADB-JSP information sheet.
- After that, the applicant needs to submit documents to the institution.
- Once the applicant submits the documents, the institution evaluates and makes a decision on applicant’s admission.
- After the decision is made, the institution sends shortlisted applicants to ADB.
- The ADB evaluates institutional submissions.
- Once the evaluation is done, ADB recommends awardees to the Japanese executive director for approval based on its selection criteria.
- After that, The ADB selects scholars and notifies the institutions.
- At last, the institution informs all scholars.
What are the documents required for the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
You don’t need to submit a separate application to ADB. The completed information sheet, along with all copies of academic records, should be submitted to the institution at least six months before the start of the programme in which you wish to enroll.
What is the selection process for the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
Applicants will be selected on the basis of:
The Applicant 's qualifications.
The ADB-JSP will prioritize the Designated Institutions' ranking, or order of merit.
Preference for female Applicants.
Applicants with limited financial resources will be given priority.
In general, applicants who have previously studied abroad will not be supported by the Programme.
In general, applicants pursuing a second master's degree will not be supported by the Programme.
Applicants who apply at a Designated Institution in their home country may be disqualified.
Diversity of nationalities will be considered in the overall Programme as well as at each Designated Institution level.
Candidates with a higher potential for senior positions in development-related work and who have demonstrated professional interest and desire to contribute to development in their home countries will be given preference.
Proposed Fields of Study should be closely related to the Applicant 's academic background and professional experience, and they should be in line with (a) the operational priority areas of the ADB's long-term strategy, and/or (b) the priority issues and development challenges addressed by Japan's ODA.
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How can you contact the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship?
You can contact the Asian Development Bank at:
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong city 1550, Metro Manila,
Tel: +63 2 86324444
Frequently asked questions
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Can I apply to a university/institution outside the participating institutions of ADB–JSP?
No, the ADB-JSP only provides scholarships to academic institutions that participate in the Programme.
Can I apply for courses not listed as "Approved Fields of Study" under ADB–JSP?
No, the Programme only covers courses that are listed as "Approved Fields of Study" at each of the participating institutions.
Can I apply to more than one institution at the same time?
Yes. You may apply to more than one institution at the same time. However, you must state this on the application form.
Does ADB–JSP provide an allowance for dependents?
No, the ADB-JSP only supports the scholar and does not cover expenses for the scholar's spouse or other dependents.