Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Asian Development Bank/Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) for AY 2019-2020 provides funding for citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake Masters or PhD studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. The ADB-JSP offers about 150 postgraduate scholarships a year. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries. The studies must be undertaken at participating academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, namely, in Australia, Hong Kong, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and USA.


The scholarship is for 1 year with an extension to the second year of study conditional upon the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of performance as determined by the institute. The maximum duration of scholarship award is 2 years for Masters and 3 years for doctorate programs.

Each scholarship covers full tuition, monthly subsistence (including housing allowance), book allowance, medical insurance, and travel expenses. In special circumstances, where additional training is deemed necessary, expenditures incurred to improve language proficiency and computer literacy may be covered under the scholarship. Scholars engaged in research may be given a special grant for thesis preparation.


Applicants have to be young, being not more than 35 years of age, who are nationals of the following ADB borrowing member countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

In exceptional cases, where postgraduate programs apply to senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old. They must have gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at a participating academic institution, with a Bachelors degree or equivalent with superior academic record, and at least 2 years of full-time professional working experience. Proficiency in English is required.

Scholars can only undertake studies in an approved program in a participating academic institution (see the Official Website for approved programs and participating academic institutions) for studies in the fields of: Economics, Management, Health, Education, Agriculture, Environment, Natural resource management, Science and technology and other Development-related fields. The scholar has to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.


The ADB-Japan Scholarship Program Information Sheet Form can be obtained online and applications for scholarships must be made at least 6 months prior to the time of commencement of studies. At the time of application for admission to the university, applicants should indicate to the university that they would like to be considered for the ADB-JSP.

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