Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship (Deadline: As Per Application Deadline of Partner Academic Institutions)


The Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program (ADB–JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan.

It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region.

Upon completion of study, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

Fields of Study:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Health
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Science & Technology
  • Other development-related fields

Partner Academic Institutions:

Hong Kong, China – U. of Hong Kong; India – Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Japan – Hitotsubashi U., International U. of Japan, Keio U., Kobe U., Kyoto U., Kyushu U., Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific U., Saitama U., Tokyo Institute of Technology, United Nations U. – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, U. of Tokyo, U. of Tsukuba; NZ – U. of Auckland; Pakistan – Lahore U. of Management Sciences; Philippines – Asian Institute of Management, International Rice Research Institute, U. of Philippines in Los Banos; Singapore – National U. of Singapore; Thailand – Asian Institute of Technology, Tammasat U; USA – East- West Center.


  • Nationals of Asian Development Bank borrowing members and Japanese Official Development Assistance scholarship eligible country listed here (40 countries including Malaysia);
  • Gained admission to an approved Masters Degree course at a participating academic institution;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record;
  • At least 2 years of full-time professional working experience with proficiency in oral & written English communication skills;
  • Not more than 35 years old. In exceptional cases, for programs for senior officials & managers, the age limit is 45 years old;
  • Good health;
  • Agree to return to home country after completion of studies;
  • Those living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible;
  • Those who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs are not eligible;
  • Preference for those from financially needy background.

Value of Award:

  • Full tuition fees;
  • Monthly subsistence & housing allowance;
  • Allowance for books & instructional materials;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Travel expenses.

For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.

No. of Award:

About 140 scholarships globally annually.

Duration of Study:

Maximum 2 years for a Masters program.

Application & Enquiries:

For further information, please refer to Application for scholarship is not made via Asian Development Bank but via the partner academic institution one is applying for admission, to be made at least 6 months before admission. Applicants should request information and application forms from the chosen academic institution(s).

Interested applicants may also enquire at Asian Development Bank:

  • Enquire at: ADB–Japan Scholarship Program Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department – Partner Funds Division, Asian Development Bank +63 2 8636 2444, +63 2 8636 2456.
  • Visit: Room 7609 South Asian Development Bank#6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Metro Manila, Philippines.


Written by:
Ms Wee Hui Bieh, AFMSA, July 2020

Information Source:
Asian Development Bank Website.

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