Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program

General Information

This scholarship was established in April 1988 with financing from the Japanese government. The aim is 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 Asia-Pacific region.

Upon completion of their study programmes, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

University of Auckland programmes covered by this scholarship scheme are limited to the following:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science (Environmental Science)
  • Master of Arts (Development Studies)
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Commerce (International Business)
  • Masters programmes in Engineering.

What it covers

  • Tuition fees at the University of Auckland.
  • Airfare from the scholar's home country to Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Basic cost of living in Auckland.
  • Health and medical insurance in New Zealand.
  • Airfare from Auckland, New Zealand, to the scholar's home country at the conclusion of his or her course of study.
  • For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.

Note: The ADB-JSP does not cover dependents.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • Be a national of an ADB borrowing member. For a list of current developing member countries visit ADB - Japan Scholarship Programme.
  • Have gained admission to an approved masters at an approved academic institution.
  • Have a bachelors degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record.
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional work experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application.
  • Be proficient in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
  • Be under 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programmes which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years
  • Be in good health.
  • Agree to return to your home country after completing the programme.


  • Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned.
  • Staff of JSP-designated institutions can't apply to their own institution.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country.
  • Applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programmes or who have already completed graduate degree programmes.
  • Undergraduate studies, distance learning programmes, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

For more information, see Japan Scholarship Program Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Step 1

Apply for admission online as an international applicant for one of the programmes listed above for the 2017 intake.
Complete the Application for Admission

Step 2

Submit the following documents in support of your application:

  • ADB-JSP information sheet
  • Verified copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • Academic transcript and completion certificate
  • IELTS/TOEFL results
  • A passport-size photo.

Step 3

If you are successful in gaining admission to a postgraduate programme and receive an official offer of place from the University of Auckland, you may proceed to Step 4. If you are unsuccessful or receive a conditional offer do not proceed to Step 4 until you have fulfilled the condition/s of your offer.

Step 4

Complete the application form and either post or courier with all required documents to the University.

Postal address
Applications and Admissions
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand

Courier address
Student Information Centre
Room 112
The ClockTower
22 Princes Street

Download the ADB-Japan Scholarship Application Form 2017