ADB – Japan Scholarship Program

Deadline: at least six months prior to the planned time that you wish to commence studies
Open to: citizens of an ADB borrowing member holding a bachelor’s degree with superior academic record
Benefits: full tuition fees, monthly subsistence allowance


The Asian Development Bank (ADB)–Japan Scholarship Program (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.

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.


Eligibility Requirements:

• Citizen of an ADB borrowing member and Japanese Official Development Assistance scholarship eligible country.
• Gained admission to an approved course in any of the 29 institutions.
• A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record.
• At least 2 years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application.
• Not more than 35 years old at the time of application. For programs which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.
• In good health.
• Should agree to return to his or 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.
• Staff of ADB–JSP partner institutions are not eligible for the scholarship.
• Applicants living or working in a country other than his or her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
• ADB–JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.


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.


For more information, please visit the official website.