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Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must first apply to APU. APU will then select eligible candidates to recommend to the scholarship organization.

About the Scholarship

The ADB-JSP Scholarship aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) developing member countries to pursue graduate studies in development-related fields of the Asia Pacific region. APU was selected as a designated institution by ADB in 2010 and will provide this scholarship each year to a few eligible GSA applicants (excluding IMAT program applicants).

Eligibility Requirements

  • 1. Be a national of an ADB borrowing member country
  • 2. Not be currently living or working outside of your home country
  • 3. Have at least two years of full-time work experience after obtaining a bachelor’s degree at the time of application
  • 4. Be 35 years old or less at the time of application
  • 5. Not already be enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • 6. Not have more than one year of experience studying abroad
  • 7. Not be an executive director, alternate director, management or staff of ADB, nor a consultant or relative of the aforementioned
  • 8. Agree to return to your home country after completion of studies under the program
  • 9. Intend to enroll at APU in September 2021
  • Please refer to the Asian Development Bank website for the latest country list.
  • Please also refer to the Asian Development Bank website for any frequently asked questions.
  • Applicants who have not previously studied abroad and/or are not pursuing a second master’s degree will be given preference during the selection process.


  • Full admission fee
  • Full tuition
  • 144,000 JPY/month for living expenses (amount may be subject to change)
  • Economy class air travel between the home country and APU at the beginning and end of the program

Application and Selection Process

  • 1. Request to be considered for this scholarship within the APU online application and submit the application by February 24, 2021. Along with their application, applicants must upload the following documents:
    a. Certificate(s) of employment showing at least two years of work experience acquired after receiving a bachelor’s degree
    b. Abstract of a previously written thesis or an example of previous written work and/or list of research achievements to date
    c. Latest income tax return or proof of annual/monthly salary
    d. Certification of family income (including the income of the applicant’s parents or spouse)
    e. ADB-JSP application form
  • 2. APU reviews application documents and selects suitable candidates to recommend to the ADB-JSP.
  • 3. Applicants selected to be recommended for this scholarship are notified with their final APU application results.
  • 4. The final scholarship award results are decided by ADB-JSP.

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