Introduction to ADB Scholarship (ADB-JSP)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB Scholarship)/ADB-JSP aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

Details of ADB Scholarship

Who can apply? International Students (Students from the ADB-JSP member countries, Check out the list of the countries below)

Scholarship offered by the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

Host Country(s): Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States.

Host Institution(s): The Universities/Institutions in the above-mentioned countries (Check out the list of Universities/Institutions below).

Level of the Study: Post-Graduate / Master / MS / MPhil

Scholarship worth: Fully funded

Number of Scholarships: 300+

ADB Scholarship Coverage / Benefits

  • The scholarship will cover full tuition fee
  • A monthly allowance for expenses, housing, books, and instructional materials
  • Medical and Health Insurance
  • Travel allowance (local transportation and airfare from home country to the host country and from the host country to the home country).
  • For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.
  • In special circumstances, computer literacy, preparatory language, and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria for ADB Scholarship

  • The Applicant must from the member country.
  • The applicant must have a bachelor’s or equivalent degree.
  • Have a superior academic record.
  • Candidate should be of a maximum of 35 years of age.
  • Must be in good health.

Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries/areas:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Cook Islands
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Fiji
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam

Request Information

Applicants should request information and application forms from the chosen academic institution(s) (Check out the list at the end). Applicants are encouraged to access various resources, including the institutions’ websites and handbooks, and institution information sessions held in-country, to assist them in making an informed decision on the academic institution and course they wish to undertake.

How to Apply?

Applicants should indicate to the academic institution that they are applying for admission and that they would like to be considered for the ADB–JSP Scholarship. The completed institution application form and required documentation, including the ADB–JSP application sheet form, should be submitted to the academic institution. Applicants must ensure that they submit accurate and complete documentation. Failure to do so may result in an application not being processed or to an award being terminated if documentation or information provided is later determined to be false. Applicants are required to submit their latest Income tax return or certification of their annual salary/monthly salary, whichever is available. They should also submit a certification of family income (parent’s income).

Applications for scholarships should be sent at least six months before the planned time that you wish to commence studies.

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How candidates are selected

The academic institution will screen and rank the applicants, based on its own selection criteria, keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the ADB. In the evaluation process, the academic institution may contact the candidates for further information. The academic institution will then submit its ranked list of applicants to ADB, including a description of the score/grading system which is the basis for the ranking.

ADB will review the submission from the academic institutions and recommend awardees based on the selection criteria of ADB to the Executive Director of Japan for formal approval.

Upon approval by the Executive Director of Japan, ADB will advise academic institutions on the successful candidates.

The academic institution will inform all applicants of the outcome of the selection process and begin to make arrangements for the awardees to take up their scholarships.

The academic institutions will arrange for the signing of the acceptance of scholarship award by awardee wherein the scholars agree that after completion of their study, they will return to their home country.

ADB will send an appropriate congratulatory letter to scholars through the university.

Important to note

  • No separate application to ADB Scholarship is necessary.
  • The duly accomplished applications form together with all copies of academic records should be sent to the institution at least six (6) months before the commencement of the intake that you wish to join.
  • Only candidates who have been offered admission and endorsed by the academic institutions will be considered for ADB Scholarship.
  • The ADB-JSP does not cover expenses for the scholar’s family; extra-curricular courses or training; additional travel during the course of the study program; additional expenses related to supplementary educational materials, field trips, or participation in workshops, seminars, or internships while at the academic institution or purchase of educational equipment such as computers.
  • Completion of the application form or admission by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; accordingly, you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise, until you have been informed by the institution that you have been awarded a scholarship

The List of Participating Countries / Institutions / Courses

ADB Scholarship in Hong Kong, China

Field of Study: Master of Science in

  1. Urban Planning
  2. Urban Design


The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
(Attn: Scholarships Office, The Registry)

Intake: September
Deadline: January

ADB Scholarship in India

Field of Study: Master of Technology in Science and Technology


Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110 016 India

Atul Vyas
Joint Registrar (Academics)
Tel. No.: +91 11 2659 1723, +91 11 2659 1737

Intake: July
Deadline: December

ADB Scholarship in Japan

Field of Study: Asian Public Policy Program


Hitotsubashi University
School of International and Public Policy
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan 101-8439

Ikuko Yoshikawa
Office Manager
Asian Public Policy Program
Tel. No.: +81 3 4212-3145
Fax No.: +81 3 4212-3146

Intake: October
Deadline: April

Fields of Study:

  1. Master of Arts in International Relations
  2. Master of Arts in International Development
  3. Master of Arts in Economics
  4. Master of Arts in Public Management


International University of Japan

Graduate School of International Relations
777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi
Niigata-ken 949-7277, Japan
(Attn: Office of GSIR)
Tel. No.: +8125 779 1200
Fax No.: +8125 779 1188

Intake: September
Deadline: March

Fields of Study:

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  2. Master of E-Business Management


Graduate School of International Management
777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi
Niigata-ken 949-7277, Japan
(Attn: Office of GSIM)
Tel. No.: +8125 779 1500
Fax No.: +8125 779 1188

Rumiko Anazawa
ADB-JSP Coordinator
Office of Student Services
Tel. No.: +8125 779 1103
Fax No.: +8125 779 1180

Field of Study: International Graduate Program on Advanced Science and Technology

Master of Science in Engineering


Keio University

Graduate School of Science and Technology
3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama,
Kanagawa 223-8522, Japan
Tel. No.: +81-45-566-1468
Fax No.: +81-45-566-1469

Intake: September (next year to the deadline)
Deadline: December

Field of Study: Master of Arts in Economics


Graduate School of Economics
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 108-8345 Japan
Tel. No.: +81-3-5427-1556
Fax No.: +81-3-5427-1559

Intake: April
Deadline: June

Fields of Study:

  1. Master of Systems Engineering
  2. Master of Systems Design and Management


Graduate School of System Design and Management
4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama,
Kanagawa 223-8526 Japan
Tel. No.: +81-45-564-2518
Fax No. +81-45-562-3502

Intake: September

Fields of Study:

  1. Master of Economics
  2. Master of International Studies
  3. Master of Laws
  4. Master of Political Science


Kobe University
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
2-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku
Kobe 657-8501 Japan

Yohei Okada
Associate Professor
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
Tel. No.: +81 78 803-7267
Fax No.: +81 78 803-7297

Intake: October
Deadline: early January

Field of Study: International Project Management Course (M.B.A)

Kyoto University

Graduate School of Management
Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan
Tel. No.: +81-75-753-3530

Intake: April
Deadline: August

Field of Study: Master’s Program in International Environmental Management Program


The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan
Tel. No.: +81-75-753-5932
Fax No.: +81-75-753-9187

Intake: April/October
Deadline: July/December

Field of Study: Special Course in Agricultural Sciences – For the Global Future of Life, Food and the Environment (Master)


Graduate School of Agriculture
Kitashirakawa Oiwake-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
Tel. No.: +81-75-753-2251
Fax No.: +81-75-753-6005

Intake: April/October

April Intake – February (previous year)
October Intake – August

Fields of Study:

  1. International Course in Management of Civil Infrastructure and Earth Resources Engineering
  2. International Course in Urban and Regional Development in the Department of Urban Management


Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto daigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8530, Japan

Intake: April
Deadline: June

Fields of Study:

  1. Bioresources Sciences
  2. Agro-Environmental Sciences
  3. Agricultural and Resource Economics
  4. Bioscience and Biotechnology


Kyushu University
Faculty of Agriculture
6-10-1, Hakozaki Higashi-ku
Fukuoka 812-8581 Japan

Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences

Admission Office of International Programs
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences
Tel. No.: +81 92 642 7351 | +81 92 642 2815
Fax No.: +81 92 642 2144 | +81 92 642 2817

Intake: October
Deadline: November

Fields of Study:

  1. Global Governance and Corporations
  2. Economic and Business Law in Asia
  3. Innovation and the Law
  4. Fundamental Perspectives on Economic and Business Law


Graduate School of Law
Kyushu University
Faculty of Law
6-19-1, Hakozaki Higashi-ku
Fukuoka 812-8581 Japan

Admission Office of the LL.M. Program

Intake: October (Arrival in Japan: End-September)

Field of Study: Master of Arts in International Development


Graduate School of International Development
Nagoya University
Furo-cho Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
(Attn: Dean, Graduate School of International Development)

Sunate Kamperparb
Associate Professor
Graduate School of International Development
Tel. No.: +81-0-52-789-5076
Fax No.: +81-0-52-789-4951

Intake: April
Deadline: Beginning of July

Fields of Study: Master in

  1. One-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP1)
  2. Two-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP2)


National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677 Japan
(Attn: Admissions Office)

Admissions Office
Tel. No.: +8103 6439 6046
Fax No.: +8103 6439 6050

Intake: October

Field of Study: Master in Economics


Graduate School of Economics
Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 Japan

International Center at Biwako-Kusatsu Campus
Tel. No.: +8177 561-3946
Fax No.: +8177 561-3956

Intake: September
Deadline: February

Field of Study: Master in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Saitama University

International Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
255 Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 338-8570, Japan
(Attn: The Registrar, The Foreign Student Office)
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Yuko Mori
Administrative Assistant
Foreign Student Office
Tel./Fax No.: +81 48 858 3555

Intake: April
Deadline: October

Fields of Study: Master’s program in the department of

  1. Mathematics
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Earth and Planetary Sciences
  5. Mechanical Engineering
  6. Systems and Control Engineering
  7. Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  8. Information and Communications Engineering
  9. Industrial Engineering and Economics
  10. Materials Science and Engineering
  11. Chemical Science and Engineering
  12. Mathematical and Computing Science
  13. Computer Science
  14. Life Science and Technology
  15. Architecture and Building Engineering
  16. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  17. Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  18. Social and Human Sciences


Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1 O-okayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

Naoya Abe, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Environment and Society
E-mail: (for inquiries only)
Tel./Fax: No. +81-3-5734-3797

Application guidelines:

Intake: September
early May

Field of Study: Master of Science in Sustainability


United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
53-70 Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925 Japan

Osamu Saito
Academic Programme Director and ADB-JSP Coordinator
Tel: + 81-3-5467-1212
Fax: +81-3-3406-7347

Intake: September
Deadline: 28 February

Field of Study: Master in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Development


The University of Tokyo

Department of Civil Engineering
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo
113-8656, Japan
(Attn: Foreign Student Office)

Takashi Fuse
Professor of Civil Engineering & Foreign Student Officer
Tel. No.: +813 5841 6141
Fax No.: +813 5841 8509

Intake: September

Field of Study: Master in Urban Engineering


Department of Urban Engineering
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
(Attn: Foreign Student Office)

Akito Murayama
Associate Professor & Foreign Student Offcer
Department of Urban Engineering
Tel. No.: +813 5841 6241
Fax No.: +813 5841 8556

Intake: September

Fields of Study:

  1. Master in Environment Studies
  2. Master in International Studies
  3. Master in Sustainability Science


Division of Environmental Studies
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
International Liaison Office
Building of Environmental Studies
Rm #120, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Chiba 277-8653, Japan

Hiroyasu Sato
Associate Professor
Division of Environmental Studies
More information
Tel. No.: +814 7136 4558
Fax No.: +814 7136 4560

Intake: September

Field of Study: Master in Health Science (International Health)


School of International Health
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
(Attn: Admission Office of ADB-JSP,
Department of Community and Global Health)
Graduate School of Medicine

Kaoru Tanaka
ADB-JSP Coordinator
School of International Health
Graduate School of Medicine
Tel. No.: +813 5841 3698
Fax No.: +813 5841 3422

Intake: April
31 May

Field of Study: Master of Public Policy, International Program


Graduate School of Public Policy
MPP/IP Admissions Office
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Attn: MPP/IP Admissions Office)
Tel. No.: +813-5841-1349
Fax No.: +813-5841-3190 (For inquiries only – not for submission of applications)

Intake: September
Deadline: January

Fields of Study:

  1. Master of Arts in Economics
  2. Master of Public Policy


University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573 Japan

Koji Hosaka
Program Officer
Program in Economic and Public Policy
Tel. No.: +81-29-853-6785
Fax No.: +81-29-853-6797

Intake: October
Deadline: March

ADB Scholarship in New Zealand

Study fields:

  1. Master in International Business
  2. Master of Arts (Development Studies)
  3. Master of Science (Environmental Science)
  4. Master programs in Engineering
  5. Master of Public Health


The University of Auckland
Applications and Admissions
Academic Services
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019 Auckland, New Zealand
Tel. No.: +64-9-3737599

Intake: February
Deadline: July

ADB Scholarship in Pakistan

Study field: Master in Business Administration


Lahore University of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector “U”, DHA
Lahore Cantt. Lahore 54792, Pakistan
(Attn: Student and Alumni Affairs)

Ahmad Saad Qureshi
Assistant Manager Fundraising
Office of Marketing, Fundraising & Alumni
Tel. No.: +9242 3560 8000
Fax No.: +9242 572 2591

Intake: August
Deadline: 27 February (Round 1)
13 April (Round 2)

ADB Scholarship in Philippines

Study fields:

  1. Master in Business Administration
  2. Master in Development Management


Asian Institute of Management
123 Paseo de Roxas Makati City, Philippines

Bryan Reginald Magbutay
Registrar and Student Affairs Director
Tel. No.: +63 2 8893 7631 | 892 4011 to 25
Fax No.: +63 2 8893 7631

Intake: September/January
Deadline: February/August

Study fields:

Master of Agriculture

  1. Agronomy

Master of Science

  1. Agricultural Chemistry
  2. Agricultural Economics
  3. Agricultural Education
  4. Agricultural Engineering
  5. Agrometeorology
  6. Agronomy
  7. Applied Nutrition
  8. Biochemistry
  9. Botany
  10. Chemical Engineering
  11. Chemistry
  12. Community Development
  13. Development Communication
  14. Entomology
  15. Environmental Science
  16. Extension Education
  17. Food Science
  18. Genetics
  19. Microbiology
  20. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  21. Plant Breeding
  22. Plant Genetics Resources Conservation and Management
  23. Plant Pathology
  24. Soil Science
  25. Statistics


International Rice Research Institute/University of the Philippines in Los Baños
Security Bank Center, Suite 1009
6776 Ayala Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
(Attn: Head, Training Center)

Anilyn Maningas
Assistant Manager, Training Center
E-mail: or
Tel. No.: +63 2 8845 0563/0569
Fax Nos.: +63 2 8891 1292 | 845 0606

ADB Scholarship in Singapore

Study field: Master in Business Administration


National University of Singapore
NUS Business School
Mochtar Riady Building, Level 4
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119245

Teo Su Ann
Senior Manager, Marketing and Admissions
Graduate Studies Office
NUS Business School
Tel. No.: +65 6516 2068

Intake: August

Round 1: 31 Jan (scholarship qualifying round)
Round 2: 31 Mar

Study field: Master in Public Policy


Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772
Tel. No.: +65 6516 6134
Fax No.: +65 6778 1020

Intake: July / August
Deadline: January

Study field: Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics)


Department of Economics
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
AS2 Level 6, 1 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Tel. No.: +65 6516 3941

Intake: January
Deadline: July

Study field: Master of Science in Environmental Management


School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117 566
Tel. No.: +65 6516 1663
Fax No.: +65 6776 3190

Intake: August / July
Deadline: March / September

ADB Scholarship in Thailand

Study fields:

Master of Sciences or Engineering in: School of Engineering and Technology (SET)

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Electronics
  3. Computer Science
  4. Information Management
  5. Industrial Engineering & Management
  6. Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  7. Mechatronics
  8. Microelectronics
  9. Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  10. Telecommunications
  11. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  12. Nanotechnalogy
  13. Information and Communications Technologies
  14. Microelectronics and Embedded Systems
  15. Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Management
  16. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  17. Structural Engineering
  18. Transportation Engineering
  19. Water Engineering and Management
  20. Geosystem Exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering
  21. Offshore Technology and Management

School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)

  1. Agricultural Systems & Engineering
  2. Aquaculture & Aquatic Resources Management
  3. Energy
  4. Food Engineering & Bioprocess Technology
  5. Pulp and Paper Technology
  6. Gender and Development Studies
  7. Natural Resources Management
  8. Regional & Rural Development Planning
  9. Environmental Engineering & Management
  10. Urban Environmental Management
  11. Agribusiness Management
  12. Energy and Environment
  13. Climate Change for Sustainable Development

Interdisciplinary Courses among Schools

  1. Cleaner Production (SAT,SCE,SERD and SOM)
  2. Integrated Tropical Coastal Zone Management (SERD and SCE)
  3. Integrated Watershed Development and Management (SERD and SCE)
  4. Modeling Tools for Environment and Resources Management (SERD and SCE)
  5. Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management
  6. Environmental Geotechnics and Management
  7. Greater Mekong Subregion Development Study
  8. Energy Business Management

School of Management (SOM)

  1. Management of Technology
  2. International Business
  3. International Public Management
  4. Business Administration
  5. Banking and Finance


Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
(Attn: Director of Admission and Scholarships)

Tenzin Rabgyal
Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarships Unit
Tel. No.: +662 524 5031 to 33
Fax No.: +662 524 6326 | +662 516 2126

Intake: August
Deadline: 31 March

Study fields:

  1. Master in Engineering
  2. Master in Economics


Thammasat University
Rangsit Campus
Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12121 Thailand
(Attn: Director of Academic Affairs Division)

Phanthiwa Chanchoengphop
Head, Division of Mobility
Tel. No.: +662 613 2046
Fax No.: +662 623 5289

Intake: June

ADB Scholarship in USA

Study fields:

Master in

  1. Business Administration
  2. Economics
  3. Geography
  4. Business Administration (Global MBA-Japan Track)
  5. Natural Resources & Environmental Management
  6. Ocean and Resources Engineering
  7. Oceanography
  8. Pacific Island Studies
  9. Public Administration
  10. Sociology
  11. Tropical Plant & Soil Science
  12. Urban and Regional Planning
  13. Master of Law


East-West Center
1601 East-West Road, Honolulu
Hawaii 96848-1601, U.S.A.
(Attn: ADB Japan Scholarship Program)

Stella Kolinski
ADB-JSP & EWC Scholarships Assistant
Tel. No.: +1 808 944 7738
Fax No.:+1 808 944 7070

Intake: August
Deadline: 1 December

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