ADB Japan

ADB Japan Fully-Funded Postgraduate Scholarships

Degree: Masters
Program: ADB-Japan Scholarship Program (JSP)
 See Participating Institutions Below
Eligible Countries: ADB

Are you planning to start your postgraduate studies, but you don’t a TOEFL or IELTS score. No worries, you can still apply for a postgraduate/Masters’s degree and study further, if you’re one of the ADB’s Member Countries Resident. The ADB-Japan will offer you a fully-funded scholarship that will help you concentrate on your studies, and will pay all expenses.

Japan is one of the best countries to pursue any degree and will offer you more to learn, enjoy the lifestyle and so much more. Grab this awesome opportunity and apply before the closing date December 10, 2020.

About ADB Japan

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.

Apply For: Chevening Scholarships – Master’s Degree 2021-22


  • A national of an ADB borrowing member and Japanese ODA scholarship eligible country listed here.
  • Gained admission to an approved MA course at an academic institution.
  • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record.
  • 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.
  • Not more than 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programs that are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.
  • In good health.
  • Should agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.
  • Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and close relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  • The staff of ADB–JSP designated institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  • ADB–JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  • ADB–JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

Participating Institutions:

University of Hong KongHong Kong, China
Indian Institute of Technology DelhiNew Delhi, India
Hitotsubashi University
School of International and Public Policy
Tokyo, Japan
International University of JapanNiigata, Japan
Keio University
International Graduate Programs on Advanced Science and Technology
Graduate School of Economics
Graduate School of System Design and Management
Yokohama, Japan
Kobe University
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
Kobe, Japan
Kyoto UniversityKyoto, Japan
Kyushu University
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences
Graduate School of Law
Fukuoka, Japan
Nagoya University
Graduate School of International Development
Nagoya, Japan
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
(formerly Graduate School of Policy Science, Saitama University)
Tokyo, Japan
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
Oita, Japan
Ritsumeikan University
Graduate School of Economics
Kyoto, Japan
Saitama University
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Saitama, Japan
Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyo, Japan
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of SustainabilityTokyo, Japan
The University of Tokyo
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Urban Engineering
Graduate School of Public Policy
Division of Environmental Studies
School of International Health
Tokyo, Japan
Tsukuba University
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ibaraki, Japan
University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand
Lahore University of Management SciencesLahore, Pakistan
Asian Institute of ManagementManila, Philippines
International Rice Research Institute
University of the Philippines, Los Banos
Laguna, Philippines
National University of SingaporeSingapore
Asian Institute of ThailandBangkok, Thailand
Thammasat UniversityBangkok, Thailand
East-West Center, University of HawaiiHawaii, USA


Expenses that covers under this scholarship:

  • 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.


The scholarship is for one (1) 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 the scholarship award is two (2) years for the masters program.


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.

Application Procedure:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Upon approval by the Executive Director of Japan, ADB will advise academic institutions on the successful candidates.
  • The academic institution will inform all applicants of the outcome of the selection process and begin to make arrangements for the awardees to take up their scholarships.
  • 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
  • ADB will send an appropriate congratulatory letter to each scholar.

Selection Criteria:

  • Qualifications of the candidate.
  • Priority to the ranking, or order of merit, proposed by the DIs.
  • Applicants with less than two years of work experience will not be selected.
  • Preference to women candidates.
  • Preference to applicants with the lesser financial capacity
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad.
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who are pursuing a second MA.
  • Candidates who are applying at a DI in their own country may not be selected.
  • Diversification of nationality in the overall Program as well as at each DI level will be considered.
  • The Program encourages studies relevant to the 7 core operational areas of ADB’s Strategy 2030, namely, (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities; (ii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability; (iii) promoting rural development and food security; (iv) fostering regional cooperation and integration; (v) accelerating progress in gender quality; (vi) making cities more livable, and (vii) strengthening governance and institutional capacity. Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term strategy, sets ADB’s strategic course for its operations to the year 2030.

Application Form:

You can download the application form in MS Word format or PDF format and photocopy them.

ADB Japan Scholarships Program (ADB-JSP) brochures with information sheets are also available from participating academic institutions, ADB’s Public Information Center, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department – Partner Funds Division, and ADB’s field offices.

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