Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program

Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries. The ADB-JSP was established to encourage and strengthen human resource development in ADB’s developing member countries. The ADB-JSP enrolls about 300 students annually in participating academic institutions located in 10 countries within the region. The ADB-JSP provides full scholarships for one to two years.

Benefits of the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program:

The following expenditures will be covered by the scholarship:

  1. Full tuition, medical and accident insurance obtained through Nagoya University
  2. A monthly stipend including subsistence and housing allowance for one person (for the Year 2016, the monthly stipend is 147,000 yen; this may be changed for the Year 2017 and 2018)
  3. A book allowance and other miscellaneous expenses and economy class airfare for one person covering the trip from the scholar’s place of residence to Nagoya University and the return journey at the end of the study program.
  4. The initial scholarship period is one year from April 2018 – March 2019.
  5. The extension of the scholarship for the second year of the program shall be conditional on the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of academic performance

Required Eligibility and Conditions for Applying Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program:

  1. The applicant must be a national of an ADB borrowing member country
  2. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited/recognized university
  3. The applicant should have completed 16 years of formal education or should have received an equivalent education.
  4. At the time of application, the applicant must have at least two years of full-time professional working experience acquired after obtaining their university degree
  5. The applicant must be 35 years old or under at the time of application.
  6. The applicant living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for the scholarship.
  7. Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, officials and staff of ADB, as well as their close relatives, are not eligible for the scholarship

Documents Required for Applying Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program:

  1. ADB-JSP Information Sheet
  2. Application form with 3 pieces of your photograph attached
  3. Certificates to show your own income and that of any family members
  4. Certified copy of diploma or certificate of degree from each college-level institution attended
  5. Official transcript from each college-level institution attended
  6. Certificate of citizenship (or a copy of your valid passport)
  7. Curriculum Vitae
  8. TOEFL score, TOEIC score, or IELTS score
  9. Two confidential letters of recommendation―in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap
  10. Research and/or work experience (on a separate piece of paper)
  11. Research Proposal (about 800 words, on a separate piece of paper)

Application Procedure:

  1. Applicants should request information and application forms from the chosen Academic Institution
  2. Applicant can also download the application form from the following link:
  3. 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
  4. The completed Institution application form and required documentation, including the ADB-JSP Information Sheet form, should be submitted to the academic institution
  5. Applicants must ensure that they submit accurate and complete documentation
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Upon approval by the Executive Director of Japan, ADB will advise academic institutions on the successful candidates
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. ADB will send an appropriate congratulatory letter to each scholar

Contact Details:    

  1. Please send all applications to:  ADB Administrative Office Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 Japan
  2. E-mail:
  3. Fax: 81-52-789-4921

References & Details:

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