ADB-JSP Scholarships

The Asian Development Bank and Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) is offering a fully funded Scholarship to interested candidates from Asia and the Pacific Countries. This ADB-JSP Scholarship is for candidates in Science and Technology, Economics, Business, and Management, Development Studies, Law, and Public Policy fields study. This Blog will give you all the necessary information about this offer.

Opportunity Detail

Gender: Male, Female

Level: Master

Number of Opportunity: 135

Eligible Region/Countries: Asia and the Pacific Countries

Medium of Instruction: English

Field of study: Science and Technology, Economics, Business, and Management, Development Studies, Law and Public Policy

Opportunity ID: 69050

Funding Type: Fully Funded

Duration: 2 Years

Opportunity Description

The Asian Development Bank and Japan Scholarship Program, (ADB-JSP), is now accepting applications for the 2023 academic year. For this program, applicants must be citizens of an ADB borrowing member country or of a nation that qualifies for a Japanese ODA scholarship.

There are a total of 135 scholarships available for qualifying students who want to take advantage of the ADB-JSP benefits, which include accommodation, book allowances, health insurance, and travel costs. ADB-JSP also covers expenses for students who require additional training in specific situations. Also, this program aims to raise computer and language literacy.

The Japanese government began sponsoring the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) in April 1988 in order to offer qualified residents of ADB’s developing member countries an opportunity. The initiative assisted applicants in enrolling in postgraduate programs at institutions in Asia and the Pacific in subjects such as economics, management, and more development-related fields.

Essential Details of the ADB-JSP Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: At least six months before the start of the desired study program
  • Funding Organizations: Government of Japan
  • Fund Distribution Body: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Locations: Asian and the Pacific Countries
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Medium of Instruction: English
  • Number of Opportunity: 135
  • Duration: 1 Year (extendable for the second year)
  • Funding Type: Fully-funded

Benefits of the ADB-JSP Scholarship

The ADB-JSP is a fully-funded program that provides the following allowances:

  • Monthly subsistence allowance, including housing
  • Full tuition fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Books and instructional materials
  • Students who are involved in research may receive a special grant to prepare their thesis
  • The ADB-JSP may also cover computer literacy, primary language, and other similar courses in particular circumstances.

NOTE: The ADB-JSP does not provide the applicant’s family, extra-curricular courses, or training costs. Also, students are responsible for additional travel costs during the study program, field trips, participation in workshops, seminars, internships, supplementary educational materials, or purchase of educational equipment such as computers.

Eligible Countries for the ADB-JSP Scholarship

The nationality of the ADB borrowing member country is eligible to apply for the ADB-JSP 2023, including:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam

Major Fields of Study

The followings are the available fields of study for the ADB-JSP Scholarship 2023:

Science and Technology with ADB-JSP:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological Science
  • Computer Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Health

Economics, Business, and Management:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Commerce
  • E-Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Cooperation
  • Social Sciences

Development Studies with ADB-JSP:

  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Development Management
  • Development Studies

Law and Public Policy:

  • International Business Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
Requirements for the ADB-JSP Scholarship

Below is the set of eligibility criteria and requirements that all applicants should meet to apply for the ADB-JSP:

  • Applicants must hold the nationality of an ADB borrowing member country and a Japanese ODA scholarship-eligible country;
  • Dual citizenship of any developed country is not eligible;
  • Have received admission to an approved master’s degree program at a Designated University.
  • Prove a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with an outstanding academic record;
  • Have at least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience after a university degree by the time of application.
  • Prove communication skills in oral and written English;
  • Not be older than 35 years at the time of application, unless exempted in exceptional cases with the expressed endorsement of the Government of Japan;
  • Be in a suitable health manner;
  • Commit to return and work in their home country for at least two years after graduation;
  • Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management, staff, and consultants of ADB and their close relatives, including spouse, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, sister, stepsister, brother, stepbrother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew are not eligible;
  • The staff of ADB–JSP Designated Institutions are not eligible;
  • Applicant should reside and work in their home country;
  • Must not have already enrolled in graduate degree programs.

ADB-JSP Required Documents

Applicants who wish to apply for the Asian Development Bank and Japan Scholarship Program should submit the following documents:

  • Update income tax return or certification of their annual or monthly salary;
  • Certificate of family income (parent’s income);
  • Filled out application forms;
  • Copies of academic records;
  • Admission and endorsed letter of the academic institutions;
  • ADB-JSP information sheet;
  • Additional supporting documents, if needed

Application Procedure

The ADB-JSP 2023 application procedure details are as follows:

  1. Request information and application forms from the chosen partner university;
  2. Complete the required documents for the application package, including the ADB-JSP information sheet
  3. Send documents to the university;
  4. The university assesses and decides on admission and applicant;
  5. The institution/university sends a shortlist of candidates to ADB;
  6. ADB reviews submissions from institutions;
  7. ADB recommends successful applicants as per the selection criteria to the Japanese executive director for approval;
  8. ADB selects the awardees and informs the institution;
  9. The institution informs all awardees.
How to Apply for ADB-JSP Scholarship

To apply for the ADB-JSP, please prepare and submit all required documents to the Designated Institutions. Please find the essential documents below:

  1. List of Designated Academic Institutions
  2. Application Forms (Ms. Word)
  3. Application Form (PDF Format)


For further information about the ADB-JSP 2023, please visit the official website of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) or read the FAQs section.




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