Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship (ADB-JSP)

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP)


Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship (ADB-JSP)

Application to the ADB-Japan Scholarship Programmes offered by HKU

The deadline for admission to 2023-2024 academic year is February 28 2023 (Tuesday) at noon (HKT)

Application has to be made online through this website:

For more details, please refer to the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship website:

 About the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

ADB’s vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to two-thirds of the world’s poor: 1.8 billion people who live on less than $2 a day, with 903 million struggling on less than $1.25 a day. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

Based in Manila, ADB is owned by 67 members, including 48 from the region. Its main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB-JSP)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)–Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

The Scholarship

Each scholarship covers tuition, subsistence (including housing allowance), book allowance, medical insurance, and travel expenses. In special circumstances, where additional training is deemed necessary, expenditures incurred to improve language proficiency and computer literacy may be covered under the scholarship.


  • A national of an ADB borrowing member country (applicant from a country that is no longer borrowing from ADB is not eligible for the ADB–JSP Scholarship)
  • Gained admission at an approved MA/PhD course at an academic institution
  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with superior academic record
  • At least two (2) 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 that 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 designated institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for the Scholarship
  • 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

Criteria for Selection

  • Qualifications of the candidate
  • Priority to the ranking, or order of merit, proposed by the Designated Institutions (DIs)
  • Applicants with less than 2 years of work experience will not be selected
  • Preference is given to women candidates
  • Preference is given to applicants with lesser financial capacity
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who are pursuing a second MA or a second PhD degree
  • Candidates who are applying at a DI in their own country may not be selected
  • Diversity of nationality in the overall Program, as well as at each DI level, will be considered
  • The Program encourages studies in line with core areas of ADB’s Strategy 2020, which address poverty reduction through infrastructure, environment, regional cooperation and integration, finance sector development, and education. Strategy 2020, ADB’s long-term strategy, sets ADB’s strategic course for its operations to the year 2020. For more details, please refer to the website: org/Strategy2020/default.asp

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







Cook Islands







Kyrgyz Republic

Lao People’s Democratic Republic



Marshall Islands

Federated States of Micronesia







Papua New Guinea Philippines


Solomon Islands

Sri Lanka









Viet Nam

For more information regarding ADB-JSP:


Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP)

Application to Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship offered by HKU

Deadline for admission to 2023-2024 academic year is Feb.28, 2023 at noon (HKT)

For more details, please refer to the World Bank Scholarships Programme website:

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

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.  After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development. A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.


Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  • 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 scholarship application. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline. Please see FAQs on how to count qualified part time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group 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.

Criteria for Selection

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  • Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
  • Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
  • Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  • Quality of Education Background (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the Participating Program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.