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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

Type of Scholarships

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, China, 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
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 application
– Have, 3 years or more of recent 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 (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).
  • Gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at an academic 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. In exceptional cases, 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 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)


  • Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
  • Not be a dual citizen of any developed country.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments (including temporaries and consultations) 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 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 before 2016.
  • Have at least three years of paid development-related employment in one or more developing countries acquired since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline (with part time employment counted proportionately toward the three-year requirement.); and be employed in a paid full time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criteria is for developing country nationals from a country the list of Fragile and Conflict States noted below. In those exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries. Please see a suggested list of development-related topics noted below.
  • Be in good health as certified by a medical doctor less than three months before the start of the master’s program.
  • Not received any scholarship funding from the government of Japan or its agencies (including JICA, the Central Bank, and local governments) to help finance a graduate or professional degree (including Law, Medicine, Masters, PhD).
List of Fragile and Conflict States (as of 2018):

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, Sierra Lean, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tuvalu, Yemen, Rep, Zimbabwe

Suggested List of Development-related topics (as of 2018):

Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions: Finance and Markets, Governance, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management, Poverty and Equity, Trade and Competitiveness
Human Development: Education, Health, Nutrition, Population, Social Protection and Labor
Sustainable Development: Agriculture, Energy and Extractives, Environment and Natural Resources, Sound Urban and Rural Resilience, Transport and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Water
Cross Cutting Development Issues: Climate Change, Gender, Jobs (strategies, policies and regulatory reforms to address issues of informal sector employment and impediments to job creation), Fragility, Conflict and Violence, Public-Private Partnerships (capacity building and/or policy advice for regulatory and institutional reforms that enhance the reach and quality of public services)


  • 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:
For details, please follow the instructions on their website: