Study in Japan: Asian Development Bank-Japan program for International Students, 2020

What you will gain if successful

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  1. Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the program period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  2. Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  3. While on campus during the program period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing a masters degree at Preferred University.

Study Subject(s): The studentships are awarded for studying only at a master program that has been granted “preferred” status by the JJ/WBG program.

Number of Awards: Not Known

The award can be taken at: The studentships are available for preferred university masters programs that are listed on the JJ/WBGSP website and that is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.


Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the application.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for programmes .

Nationality: Students from developing countries can apply for this application .

How to Apply: Applicants can apply for programmes to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:

Applicants must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). See our Announcements posted on the right side of this website for upcoming calls for applications for developing country nationals to study at one of our partner master programs 

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date.

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Deadline: Open

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