Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) 2023

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Applications are open for the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) 2023. The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) provides support for master’s studies in ADB-JSP-approved fields of study at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), and for participation in educational, residential, and leadership development programs in the East-West Center (EWC).

The ADB-JSP Fellowship was established in April 1988 with funding from the Government of Japan to build human resource capacity in developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank. It aims to provide qualified citizens of AfDB developing member countries with the opportunity to undertake graduate studies in economics, management, science and technology and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asia- Peaceful. After completing their studies, scholars should return to their home countries to apply and share their new knowledge and skills to promote socio-economic development.

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The ADB-JSP Scholarship provides the following support for master’s studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa:

  • Tuition and full fees,
  • Round-trip travel to Honolulu from applicant’s home country,
  • Accommodation in Center East-West residence,
  • monthly allowance,
  • Textbook Fund,
  • Health insurance,
  • US visa sponsorship (J-1 Exchange Visitor).


Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and current resident of a developing country that is a member of the Asian Development Bank and not be older than 35 at the time of application.
  • Have a 4-year bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, at the time of application. (An equivalent could be a 3-year bachelor’s plus a 1-year master’s, or a 2-year bachelor’s plus a 2-year master’s. This is subject to review.)
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time professional experience after a university degree at the time of application.
  • Take one of the English proficiency tests; minimum acceptable scores are 550 for the paper-based TOEFL; 213 for computerized TOEFL; and 79-80 for the internet-based TOEFL iBT; or 6.5 for IELTS. The results must be from a test taken within the last two years.

Eligible programs

The following eligible masters programs are funded by ADB-JSP at the East-West Center. The standardized exams that are required of applicants are listed next to each program with the requesting institution in parentheses.

  • Business Administration (Global MBA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GMAT (UHM only)
  • Economics (MA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Geography (MA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Management (MS): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Oceans and Resources Engineering (MS): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Oceanography (MS): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Pacific Island Studies (MA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)
  • Public Administration (MPA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)
  • Sociology (MA): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (MS): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Urban and regional planning (MURP): TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)


In addition to submitting an ADB-JSP scholarship application to the East-West Center, a separate application (including all required supporting documents) must be submitted to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa for admission to a master’s program .

Information on applying to most of the eligible master’s programs listed above is available on the UHM Graduate Division website. However, do not use this website for the business domain. If you want to be admitted to a master’s program in this field of study, use the Global MBA Business program. Application forms for this area should be obtained from the respective program.

Click here to apply for the scholarship

For more information, visit AfDB-JSP.

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