Type of Scholarships
MEXT Scholarship (last updated: Feb. 3, 2020)
September enrollment and newly arriving student only
Only current applicants for MPP/IP admissions for AY2020 who have passed the document screening are eligible. Please understand that we cannot answer any inquiries from non-MPP/IP applicants.
Type of Scholarships
|Nationality||– Be a national of ADB borrowing member country||– Be a national of WB member developing country
– Not hold a dual citizenship of a developed country
|– Be a national of: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, PacificIsland Countries, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, SriLanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam|
|– Have at least 2 years of full time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application||– Be employed in a paid and full time position at the time of submitting the application
– Have, 3 years or more of recent paid development-related experience after earning a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree
|– Currently working for: central bank, ministry of economy, ministry of finance, ministry of planning /development, ministry of trade/commerce, tax administration, national statistics bureau, financial regulatory agencies, or officials working in other areas of government
– Minimum of 2-3 years’ work experience in the public sector will be prioritized.
Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees’ home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
The Asia Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)
- A national of an ADB borrowing member country and Japanese ODA scholarship eligible country.
- Gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at a designated institution.
- A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record.
- At least two years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application. Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
- Not more than 35 years old at the time of application. For programs which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.
- In good health.
- Should agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.
- Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and close relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the scholarship.
- Staff of ADB-JSP partner institutions are not eligible for the scholarship.
- Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
- ADB-JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
- ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.
- ADB scholarship nominees will be required to submit scholarship application, which includes financial certificate to the Admissions Office within several days after the scholarship nominees announcement.
- Final results as well as scholarship results will be announced by GraSPP.
The Joint World Bank Graduate School Program (JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship)
- Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
- Not be a dual citizen of any developed country.
- On or after the JJWBGSP Secretariat invites the applicant to apply for a JJWBGSP scholarship, not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment (including temporary and consultant) of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes), or not be a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least three years before the date of the Application Deadline.
- Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment in one or more developing countries acquired since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline (with part time employment toward this 3-year requirement). The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States noted below. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed below. Please see below for a suggested list of development-related topics.
- Be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States noted below. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed below. Please see below for a suggested list of development-related topics.
List of Fragile and Conflict States (as of 2019):
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Cote D’lvoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia,The., Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kiribati, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Fed. Sts, Mozambique, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tuvalu, Yemen, Rep, Zimbabwe, Timor-Leste
Suggested List of Development-related topics (as of 2019):
FINANCE, COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION
o Financial Stability & Integrity
o Financial Inclusion & Access
o Firms, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
o Markets, Technology & Digital Economy
o Long-Term Finance
o Climate & Risk Management
o Strengthening Public Policy Processes
o Promoting Effective Resource Management
o Reinforcing Public Service Delivery
o Strengthening the Public-Private Interface
o Understanding the Underlying Drivers and Enablers of Policy Effectiveness
MACROECONOMICS, TRADE AND INVESTMENT
o Designing and applying country-based diagnostics, development strategies, policy
analysis and other analytical products for decision-making by Ministries of Finance,
Trade, Economy and Production in their pursuit of reform agendas conducive to
strengthening inclusive growth led by the private sector
POVERTY REDUCTION AND EQUITY/SHARED PROSPERITY
o Identifying key constraints that limit opportunities for productive employment, capital
accumulation and investment in human capital by the poor and vulnerable households.
o Using data on poverty, equity and welfare for evidence-based public policy making and
o Designing and implementing fiscal and social policies that can enhance the capacity of
those at the bottom to contribute more actively to economic growth
o Developing and adopting effective risk management strategies and systems that
contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and shared prosperity
o For primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education: devise practical solutions for
issues related to design of curricula, curriculum reform, instruction and pedagogy, and
learning/measurement of learning,
o Organize, strengthen and manage an education system, and the delivery of services,
o Designing and implementing cost-effective and sustainable Early Childhood
o Managing and developing an effective teacher workforce.
o Designing and applying emerging innovations in the education sector, including but not
limited to those enabled by the use of information and communications technologies
o Designing and implementing reforms aimed at improving the effectiveness, equity, and
efficiency of country education financing systems.
o Designing and implementing reforms aimed at issues of access related to disability
and/or Inclusive Education
o Health Sector
o Education Sector
o Social Protection
o Ownership and Control of Assets
o Agriculture and Rural Development
o Financial Inclusion
o Enhancing Women’s Voice and Agency and Engaging Men and Boys
o Gender-Based Violence
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND POPULATION
o Health Financing
o Public/Global Health
o Population and Development
o Delivery of Health, Nutrition and Population services work for the poor
SOCIAL PROTECTION AND JOBS
o Skills Development
o Social Insurance and Pension
o Social Safety Nets
o Nexus with Gender
o Social Safety Net Programs’ Delivery Systems
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
o Climate Smart Agriculture
o Food Quality
o Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture Employment
o Value Chains and Agribusiness competitiveness and commercialization.
o Climate-smart Land Use, Water and Food Security
o Small Island States Resilience initiatives
ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
o Environmental Economics
o Pollution Management and Environmental Health
o Environmental Standards
o Forests, Landscapes and Ecosystems
SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL & RESILIENCE
o Community-Driven Development
o City Management, Governance and Finance
o Land / GeoSpatial
o Disaster Risk Management
o Social Inclusion
o Social Sustainability and Standards
o Labor Influx and Labor Management
o Stability, Peace and Security
o Sustainable Urban Infrastructure and Services
o Territorial Development and Productivity
o Urban Poverty and Housing
o Hydropower & Dams
o Water in Agriculture
o Urban Water Supply and Sanitation services delivery
o Rural Water Supply and Sanitation services delivery
o Water Security and Integrated Resource Management
o Water, Poverty and the Economy – policies, institutions, and governance – related to the
role of water in an economy
o Social Inclusion in Water
ENERGY & EXTRACTIVES
o Clean Energy
o Energy Access
o Energy Economics, Markets and Institutions
o Extractives Industries
o Hydropower & Dams
o Power Systems
o Infrastructure Management & Finance, including Public Private Partnerships &
o Development Corridors & Regional Integration
o Air Transport
o Transport & Digital Development
o Urban Transport
o Resilient Transport in context of Disaster Risk management
DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT OF FRAGILITY, CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE
o Development-Security Nexus
o Humanitarian-Development Nexus
o Design and implementation of development projects in FCV
o Innovative financing mechanism
- WB scholarship nominees will be required to complete WB online application, which includes two letters of reference from their professional supervisors, by the deadline set by WB (approximately ten days).
- After final results are announced by GraSPP, scholarship awardees will be announced by WB from among the successful applicants.
The Japan IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (Apply through IMF directly)
The applicant for the partnership track under IMF-JISPA is required to apply through IMF’s online application system which is available on the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific website: http://www.imf.org/external/oap/schol.htm.
For details, please follow the instructions on their website: