The ADB-Japan Scholarship Programme: Things To Factor In While Applying 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants and equity investments to promote social and economic development. 

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB-JSP) 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 programmes, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries. Programmes covered under the ADB-JSP are postgraduate studies in economics, management, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. 

The ADB-Japan Scholarship Programme (JSP) offers about 135 graduate scholarships a year to pursue studies in economics, business and management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. 

Funding Details 

The ADB-JSP provides: 

full tuition fees 

monthly subsistence allowance (including housing) 

books and instructional materials 

medical insurance 

travel expenses 

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. 


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 a superior academic record; 

have at least two 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 years after completion of studies under the Programme to contribute to its development; 

not be living or working in a country other than his/her home country; and 

not be already enrolled in graduate degree programmes. 

How to Apply 

Students have to request the chosen partner institution for an application form. 

Fill in the personal details, proposed study plan, academic record, professional history and references of the previous employer. 

Answer the questions which shall include any other additional resources, if required. 

The reasons for undertaking the particular course from the specified institution. 

After completing the required documentation, students have to send the documents to the institution. 

Specifically, mention the area of your interest. 

Complete your application form carefully and submit it. 

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