Applications are open for the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) 2022/23, for those who aspire to pursue their postgraduate studies, to further contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.
About the Scholarship
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 members to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, business and management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at 29 educational institutions in 10 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.
The candidate should:
be a national of an ADB borrowing member country and Japanese ODA scholarship-eligible country
not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
have gained admission to an approved master’s course at a Designated Institution.
hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with superior academic record;
have at least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application. The candidate must have proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies;
not be more than 35 years old at the time of application, unless waived in exceptional cases with the expressed endorsement of the Government of Japan;
be in good health;
agree to return and work in his/her home country for at least two (2) years after completion of studies under the Program in order to contribute to its development;
not be an Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management, staff and consultants of ADB, or the 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 be staff of ADB–JSP Designated Institutions;
not be living or working in a country other than his/her home country; and
not be already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
Major Fields of Study
Science and Technology
Agriculture, Biological Science, Computer Science, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Forestry, Genetics, and Health
Economics, Business and Management
Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Commerce, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International Cooperation, and Social Sciences
Asia Pacific Studies, Development Management, and Development Studies
Law and Public Policy
International Business Law, International Environmental Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, and Public Policy
What is Offered
The ADB-JSP provides:
Note: For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation. In special circumstances, computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship.
Available to citizens of the following countries/areas
Procedures for Applying
Applicant requests for information and application forms from the chosen partner institution
Applicant completes required documents  for application including ADB-JSP information sheet
Applicant sends documents to institution 
Institution evaluates and decides on admission and applicant
Institution sends shortlist of candidates to ADB 
ADB reviews submission from institutions
Duration of the Scholarship Award
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 scholarship award is two (2) years for masters program.
ADB recommends awardees based on its selection criteria to the Japanese executive director for approval
ADB selects scholars and informs institution
Institution informs all scholars
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