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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo


Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (University Recommendation) – International Priority Graduate Program: MEXT (PGP)

(updated on January 20, 2023)

MEXT Scholarship (PGP) application information is now available for MPP/IP applicants for September enrollment, AY2023.

Only current applicants for MPP/IP admissions AY2023 (September enrollment) who have passed the document screening are eligible to apply.

English translation of MEXT guideline for AY2023 has been uploaded (as of January 20, 2023). Please read it carefully before submitting the application documents to GraSPP.

Applicants for April enrollment (MPPIP-2023) can also apply as long as they understand they will be automatically treated as September enrollees when selected to be recommended for the MEXT scholarship. It is also necessary to convey such intention to MPP/IP Admissions Office before applying for MEXT scholarship.
Those who are admitted to GraSPP but not recommended for MEXT Scholarship (PGP) will remain in April enrollment in that case. Candidates who are to be recommended by GraSPP will receive notification via e-mail by March 3.

Only those who are newly arriving from abroad could apply in the past, however, for this program (re-adopted as PGP in AY2021), it becomes possible to recommend some candidates who currently reside in Japan. If such candidates’ status of residence is other than ‘study’, it needs to be changed to ‘study’ when being accepted as a MEXT scholar.

For inquiries, please contact:

AY2023 Guidelines and forms:

Application Guidelines
MEXT Guidelines
Application Form
(Sample) Application Form
Field of Study and Research Plan

FAQs : MEXT Scholarship (PDF, 388KB)

ADB-JSP, JJ/WBGSP and IMF-JISPA Scholarship Programs at a Glance

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, Pacific Island Countries, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
Notes for
Work Experience
– 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. Mandatory Summer Preparatory Program will be provided before enrollment. It is designed for the scholars who have been away from the academic scene for a while with some refresher courses. Writing a research paper/thesis is required for scholars of ADB-JSP, JJWBGSP and JISPA at GraSPP as proof of their academic achievement.

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


Check the ADB website for eligibility requirements.

Check the ADB website for more details.


    • The MPP/IP Desk will contact the nominees upon announcement of admitted applicants.
    • Decisions on scholarship awards will be made independently by ADB. Scholarship nominees, who will be chosen from applicants admitted to GraSPP, are required to complete the application procedures instructed by ADB scholarships, respectively.
    • ADB scholarship nominees will be required to submit the scholarship application, which includes a letter of endorsement signed by your employer and the financial certificates to the MPP/IP Desk within several days after the scholarship nomination.
    • The scholarship results will be announced by GraSPP.

    The Joint World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP Participating Program)


    Check the WB website for eligibility requirements.

    Countries Eligible for JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2023

    Flyer for JJ/WBGSP 2023 Scholarship

    Application Guidelines for JJ/WBGSP 2023 Scholarship (updated January 2023)


      • Applicants who seek JJ/WBGSP must be admitted by GraSPP and submit an unconditional Letter of Admission to JJ/WBGSP. 

      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:

      For details, please follow the instructions on their website:

      The JICA SDG’s Global Leader Program

      An applicant who is a government official or academician in a developing country is eligible to apply for the scholarship program. Contact the local JICA office directly.
      Check the JICA website for more details.

      Downloadable brochure.
      JICA-Development Studies Program_UTokyo (2606KB)