The Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established in 1966, with headquarters in Manila, Philippines. ADB has over 30 offices worldwide with the aim of promoting social and economic development in Asia and the Pacific.

Japan Scholarship Program

One of the ways in which ADB achieves this goal is by providing students from ADB borrower member countries with a scholarship, known as the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program.

In 1988, the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) was established with funding from the Japanese government, with the aim of providing an opportunity for citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies.

ADB-JSP Students can apply at one of the 29 institutions in 10 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Once completed their studies, students are expected to contribute to the economic and social growth of their home countries.

Up to date, the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program has contributed a total of US$ 170 million and has offered around 3,500 scholarships to students from 37 countries, of which at least 40% were female scholars.

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ADB-JSP Japanese Partner Institutions

Out of the 29 partner institutions across Asia, 15 institutions are located in Japan, including :

  • Hitotsubashi University
  • International University of Japan
  • Keio University
  • Kobe University
  • Kyoto University
  • Kyushu University
  • Nagoya University
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
  • Ritsumeikan University
  • Saitama University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • United Nations University
  • University of Tsukuba

ADB – JSP Major Fields of Study

ADB – JSP Scholars can select their course among four major fields of study, including :

  • Science and Technology (Agriculture, Biological Science, Computer Science, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Forestry, Genetics, and Health)
  • Economics, Business and Management (Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Commerce, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International Cooperation, and Social Sciences)
  • Development Studies (Asia Pacific Studies, Development Management, and Development Studies)
  • Law and Public Policy (International Business Law, International Environmental Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, and Public Policy).

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ADB -JSP Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students should meet all below requirements :

  • Citizen of an ADB borrower member and Japanese Official Development Assistance scholarship eligible country.
  • Successfully gained admission in one of the partner institutions.
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, with superior academic record.
  • Must have minimum 2 years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree).
  • Must be not older than 35 years old at the time of application.
  • Must be in good health.
  • Should agree to return to their home country after completion of studies under the program with the aim of contributing to their home country’s economic and social growth.
  • Staff of ADB and Staff of ADB–JSP partner institutions are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his or her home country are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Applicants already enrolled in graduate degree programs are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Students who meet the above criteria and are passionate about strengthening socioeconomic growth among ADB’s developing member countries should apply for this wonderful opportunity, and once completed their studies, they are encouraged to share their new knowledge to promote socioeconomic development in their home countries.

For inquiries, the ADB–Japan Scholarship Program Office can be contacted as follows :

  • Online :
  • Fax: +63 2 636 4444; +63 2 636 2456
  • Website:
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