ADB-Japan Scholarship Program for Developing Countries 

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ADB-Japan Scholarship Program for Developing Countries

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Japan Scholarship was established in 1988 to help students from developing countries pursue master’s-level studies in selected countries of the Asia and Pacific region. ADB Japan Scholarship is administered by the Asian Development Bank and funded by the government of Japan. Any adult with a bachelor’s degree and not more than 35 years old can apply for this scholarship designed for people from developing countries who are members of this financial conglomerate. This scholarship covers all academic and subsistence expenses of the selected candidates. 

Name of the ScholarshipADB Japan Scholarship
Administering AuthorityAsian Development Bank
Funding OrganisationGovernment of Japan 
Official Websiteadb.org
Eligible CandidatesIndividuals from ADB DBCs who have enrolled in Master’s courses in select institutions of 9 APAC nations
Participating CountriesIndia, Pakistan, Japan, Hong Kong, USA, Philipines, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand

ADB-JSP Program

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) established the Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) in 1988 to help citizens of developing member countries (DBCs) of ADB pursue master-level programs in Science and Technology, Economics, Management, Business, and other domains of development studies at select universities/colleges/academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Under this program, the federal government of Japan provides ADB Japan Scholarships to students from developing nations. 

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How to Qualify?

The ADB (Asian Development Bank) Japan Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity that requires candidates to meet several key criteria. Firstly, academic excellence is paramount, with applicants expected to have a consistently outstanding academic record. Additionally, a completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is typically required, along with relevant work experience of at least two years. Proficiency in English, often demonstrated through standardized tests like TOEFL or IELTS, is another crucial prerequisite.

Candidates must also showcase a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Asia and exhibit qualities of good physical and mental health and strong moral character. Furthermore, they should not be concurrently receiving another scholarship and often need to be under a certain age limit, typically around 35 years old. Finally, successful applicants may undergo an interview process to further assess their suitability for this prestigious scholarship opportunity. Meeting these criteria and providing a compelling personal statement and letters of recommendation can significantly enhance one’s chances of securing the ADB Japan Scholarship. However, it’s essential to refer to the most recent scholarship guidelines for the most accurate and up-to-date requirements.

Eligibility Criteria 

To avail of the ADB Japan Scholarship, applicants must adhere to the following eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must be a nation of ADB DBCs.
  • The applicant must have enrolled in an approved graduate program in a designated institution in the selected 9 APAC nations.
  • The candidate must not be above 35 years of age.
  • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • The candidate must be committed to returning back to his/her/their home country after graduating from any approved program to contribute to the development of his/her/their native nation. 

Application Process

Eligible candidates should send their application at least 6 months before the planned intake season and must follow the below-mentioned guidelines to complete the ADB Japan Scholarship application process:

  • The candidate must inform the academic institution of interest about his/her/their intent to pursue admission to the respective organization and would like to apply for the scholarship.
  • Fill out the application form of the academic institution and the ADB-JSP application form to the college/university/institution of interest.
  • Submit the mandatory documents at the institution in which you are applying for an approved master’s course.

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Selection Process

Participating institutions, the Asian Development Bank, and the Executive Director of Japan select awardees of the ADB Japan Scholarship in the following manner:

  • Participating institutions screen the candidates on the basis of their selection criteria and rank them accordingly. The selection criteria are a combination of admission requirements of approved institutions and the selection criteria of the ADB.
  • Each institution submits its list of ranked applicants to the Asian Development Bank along with a description of its grading/scoring systems.
  • ADB reviews the list and recommends awardees to the Executive Director of Japan.
  • The Executive Director approves the list of awardees.
  • The ADB will then inform the institutions about the successful candidates.
  • The academic institutions then inform the selected applicants about the approval and start making arrangements for the awardees. 


The selected applicants receive a monthly stipend of JPY 147,000 (INR 92,193) in addition to thesis allowances and book allowances. 

The following expenses will be covered for recipients of the ADB Japan Scholarship:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Book expenses
  • Housing allowance and other subsistence expenses
  • Travel allowance
  • Research subsidies
  • Medical insurance

Eligible Institutions

Each year ADB Japan Scholarship is awarded to 300 students who enroll in academic institutions in 9 nations in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region- Japan, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Pakistan, the United States of America, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand. 

Here are the institutions which enroll students under the ADB-JSP Program and eligible courses in respective universities:


The following colleges/universities enroll students in this scholarship program:

Academic InstitutionsEligible Courses
Ritsumeikan UniversityMaster in Economics
Keio UniversityMaster in Science; MSc in Engineering; Master of Economics; Master of Systems Design and Management; Master of Systems Engineering; Master’s in Management and Taxation Policy
University of TsukubaMA in International Public Policy
Hitotsubashi UniversityAsian Public Policy Program
International University of JapanMA in Economics; MA in International Relations; MA in Public Management; MA in International Development; MBA; 
Kobe UniversityMaster of Law; Master of Economics; Master of Political Science; and Master of International Studies
Kyushu UniversityCourses in Bioresources Sciences; Biotechnology & Bioscience; Agro-Environmental Sciences; Agricultural & Resource Economics; Business and Economic Law in Asia; Global Governance; Law and Innovation
Saitama UniversityMaster in Civil & Environmental Engineering
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies1 year and 2 year Master’s Program in Public Policy
Tokyo Institute of TechnologyMaster’s Courses
Kyoto UniversityInternational MBA; Master’s in International Environmental Management; Master’s in Food and Environment; International Course in Civil Infrastructure Management; International Course in Regional & Urban Development
United Nations UniversityMSc in Sustainability
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversityMSc in International Cooperation Policy; MSc in Asia-Pacific Studies
The University of TokyoMaster in Urban Engineering; Master in International Studies; Master in Environment Studies; Master in Sustainability Science; Master in Health Science; Master of Public Policy; Master in Civil Engineering & Infrastructure Development
Nagoya UniversityMA in International Development

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Here are the participating institution and courses:

Academic InstitutionEligible Course
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), DelhiMTech in Science & Technology

Hong Kong

The below-mentioned institution accepts students who avail of the ADB Japan Scholarship:

Academic InstitutionEligible Courses
The University of Hong KongMSc in Urban Planning and MSc in Urban Design

New Zealand

The scholarship is available for this university of New Zealand:

Academic InstitutionEligible Courses
The University of AucklandMA in Development Studies; Master in International Business; MSc in Environmental Science; Master of Public Health; MTech/ME programmes


Students enrolling in the below-mentioned academic institute can avail of the ADB Japan Scholarship:

Academic InstitutionsEligible Courses
East-West CenterMaster’s Programmes

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Following colleges and universities in Singapore enrol students under ADB-JSP:

Academic InstitutionsEligible Courses
National University of SingaporeMBA
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyMaster’s in Public Policy

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ADB Japan Scholarship is available for the following institution in Pakistan:

Academic InstitutionEligible Courses
Lahore University of Management SciencesMBA


The below-mentioned colleges/institutes accept students under the ADB-JSP:

Academic InstitutionsEligible Courses
Asian Institute of ManagementMBA; Master in Development Management
International Rice Research InstituteMSc Courses; MA in Agronomy


The tabulated institutions accept students under Asian Development Bank Japan Scholarship Program:

Academic InstitutionsEligible Courses
Asian Institute of TechnologyMSc Courses and MEngg programs 
Thammasat UniversityMaster in Economics; MEngg


Q1. Who is eligible for the ADB scholarship?

Ans. Bachelor degree holders, from developing member nations of ADB, enrolled in or planning to enroll in an approved graduate program in 9 nations of the APAC are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Q2. What is Japan’s ADB scholarship?

Ans. ADB Japan Scholarship was instituted to fund the graduate program of adults in the age group of 18-35 years from developing countries of Asia. Applicants must secure admission to select academic institutions in 9 regional countries.

Q3. What is the ADB scholarship stipend?

Ans. The awardees receive a monthly stipend of INR 92,193. They also receive additional allowances and tuition fees under this scholarship.

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