Fully-funded The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) for Postgraduate Students from ADB Member Countries, The University of Tokyo, Japan 2024

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Agriculture and Related Sciences, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Health Studies, Management, Natural Resources and Conservation, Science Technologies
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    ADB–Japan Scholarship ProgramSustainable Development And Climate Change Department - Partner Funds Division, Asian Development Bank  +63 2 8636 2444  +63 2 8636 2456

Applications are now open for the ADB Scholarship 2024 at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Students from ADB member countries are encouraged to apply for this esteemed scholarship offered by the Asian Development Bank. This program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue a master’s degree at one of Japan’s premier universities. With over 300 scholarships awarded each year, this renowned program is fully funded for the academic year 2023-2024. Ensure you seize this chance to further your higher education on a prestigious scholarship opportunity!

The Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program (ADB–JSP)

The Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program (ADB–JSP) was founded in April 1988 with financing help from the Government of Japan, the program’s primary objective is to offer eligible individuals from ADB’s developing member countries the chance to pursue graduate studies in fields such as:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Science and Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • and other related disciplines related to developments.

Participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific regions provide the opportunity for scholars to engage in these studies. The successful completion of the scholar’s chosen study program anticipated that they will make significant contributions to the economic and social development of their respective home countries.

The scholarship was funded by the Government of Japan, and administered by the Asian Development Bank, which strives to offer individuals from ADB’s developing member countries the chance to pursue postgraduate studies. Since 2000, the Division of Environmental Studies, which comprises six departments, and the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS), have been selected by ADB as recipients of the ADB-JSP scholarship. The following departments are currently open to accepting ADB-JSP students:

  • Department of International Studies
  • Department of Natural Environmental Studies
  • Department of Socio-Cultural Environment Studies
  • Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment
  • Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies
  • Department of Environment Systems
  • Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative

About the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Institutional Procurement

Source: The Asian Development Bank (ADB)

ADB is dedicated to fostering an inclusive, prosperous, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific region, all the while maintaining its commitment to eliminating extreme poverty. ADB supports its member countries and partners by offering financial resources such as loans, technical assistance, scholarship and grants, and equity investments. These resources are aimed at promoting both social and economic development in the region.

About The University of Tokyo

Source: The University of Tokyo

Founded in 1877, the University of Tokyo holds the distinction of being Japan’s inaugural national university. Renowned for its position as a premier research institution, UTokyo provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse academic fields. The university actively engages in research across all areas of academia. Its primary objective is to furnish students with a dynamic and diverse academic setting that fosters intellectual growth while equipping them with valuable professional knowledge and skills.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationality: ADB member countries
  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Duration: Up to two years
  • Scholarship Award: Fully-funded
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Scholarship Country: Japan
  • University: The University of Tokyo
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

  • The applicants must hold citizenship of an ADB borrowing member or a Japanese ODA scholarship-eligible country.
  • Not possess dual citizenship in any developed country.
  • Secure admission to an approved master’s course at a Designated Institution.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a strong academic record.
  • Possess at least two years of full-time professional work experience
  • Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills.
  • Be below 35 years of age, unless exceptional cases are approved by the Government of Japan.
  • Be in good health and commit to returning to their home country for at least two years after completing the program.
  • Not be affiliated with ADB, its designated institutions, or immediate relatives of ADB staff.
  • Not reside or work outside their home country.
  • Not be enrolled in any other graduate degree program.

Application Process 

  • The applicants must be able to check their eligibility provided on the official page of ADB or at the University of Tokyo.
  • Search for potential faculty members you wish to be supervised by. Visit the relevant department or GSFS website for faculty information.
  • Submit your application materials through the designated URL before the December 10 deadline.
  • Only successful candidates will be required to submit additional documents for the ADB scholarship application by mid-February. GSFS will nominate these candidates who have submitted all the necessary documents to ADB by the end of March.
  • Follow the admission and immigration procedures between May and September.
  • Obtain a student visa, travel to Japan, and enroll in GSFS. The autumn semester commences on October 1st.

Required Materials 

As part of the application process, the students must submit the following:

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree Diploma
  • Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Valid Passport
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Medical History reports
  • Application Form
  • latest Income tax return or certification
  • Academic Records
  • Certification of Family Income

Scholarship Benefits 

The ADB-JSP Scholarship Program offers fully-funded assistance.

  • Full-tuition fee
  • Books
  • Monthly Allowance
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Travel Expenses
  • Instructional Materials

For the scholars who are engaged in research, there will be a special grant offered and may be available for their thesis preparations. Preparatory language, computer literacy, and other courses may be covered under the scholarship awards.

The ADB will review the application submission and select the scholars.

The ADB-JSP scholarship does not provide coverage for the following expenses:

  • Scholar’s family expenses
  • Extra-curricular courses or training
  • Additional travel beyond the study program
  • Supplementary educational materials, field trips, workshops, seminars, or internships
  • Purchase of educational equipment, such as computers, during the academic program.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until December 10, 2023.

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