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Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions
  1. I studied at a university where English was the medium of instruction. Am I still required to take TOEFL or IELTS?
  2. Do I need to take the GRE exam?
  3. The GRE and GMAT exams are not offered in my country. Do I have to go to another country to take the required exam?
  4. Should I mail any documents to the University of Hawaii?
  5. Do I have to pay the University of Hawaii application fee?
  6. Can I apply to the University of Hawaii independently and for the ADB Scholarship at the same time?
  7. Must I send everything by November 1?
  8. Do I need work experience to apply for the ADB Scholarship?
  9. I am married. May my spouse join me if I win the ADB Scholarship?

1. I studied at a university where English was the medium of instruction. Am I still required to take TOEFL or IELTS?
All applicants for the ADB Scholarship are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship. The University of Hawaii requires proof of English proficiency in determining your readiness for graduate level work. (Back to Top)

2. Do I need to take the GRE exam?
The GRE is a requirement for particular graduate fields of study at the University of Hawaii. Look for your area of study to verify if the GRE is required. (Back to Top)

3. The GRE and GMAT exams are not offered in my country. Do I have to go to another country to take the required exam?
ADB applicants who live in a country where neither the GRE nor the GMAT exam is offered can request to have their application reviewed without the required score. Please note: we will verify, prior to submitting your application to the University for review, that these exams are not offered in your country. (Back to Top)

4. Should I mail any documents to the University of Hawaii?
ADB applicants must send all documents for their application—including the ADB and the UH application forms—to the East-West Center, ATTENTION: ADB. Do not send any documents to the University of Hawaii as this may result in an incomplete file. (Back to Top)

5. Do I have to pay the University of Hawaii application fee?
ADB applicants are not required to pay the University of Hawaii application fee. (Back to Top)

6. Can I apply to the University of Hawaii independently and for the ADB Scholarship at the same time?
For those who wish to apply for independent consideration, the application fee can be paid with the University of Hawaii application credit card form found at the University's graduate admissions page. You can pay directly to the University of Hawaii or submit the completed form with the ADB application.

Only applicants who request independent consideration are required to submit the fee. (Back to Top)

7. Must I send everything by November 1?
No, only the EWC application and University of Hawaii or LLM application and supporting essays for both applications must be postmarked by November 1 (or following Monday if deadline falls on a weekend). Supporting documents such as test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation do not have to be postmarked by the November deadline. However, all supporting documents can be mailed after the November postmark deadline but should be received at the East-West Center by the end of the year, if possible, to complete the application file in time for the preliminary review. The ADB application checklist provides a quick overview. (Back to Top)

8. Do I need work experience to apply for the ADB Scholarship?
ADB applicants are required to have 2 years work experience at the time of application. (Back to Top)

9. I am married. May my spouse join me if I win the ADB Scholarship?
ADB fellows are required to come to Honolulu alone for the first semester of the award to become acquainted with the Center, the University of Hawaii, and Honolulu before arranging to have their families join them from abroad. This is non-negotiable. 

The Asian Development Bank Scholarship program involves more than simply financial aid. It also requires a significant time commitment beyond full-time graduate course requirements in the evenings and on weekends. For this reason, as a condition of the scholarship, recipients must come alone for the first semester in order to demonstrate their ability to fulfill all the scholarship program requirements as well as maintain strong academic standing at the university. After the first semester, student fellows who have shown that they can manage both their fellowship commitments and graduate courses with strong academic standing may request visa sponsorship for a family member to join them. U.S. immigration policy requires that they demonstrate eligibility for J-2 visa sponsorship by providing documentation of sufficient financial resources beyond the scholarship to cover living and health insurance costs for each family member who comes. (Back to Top)

For additional answers to frequently-asked questions, please refer to the ADB Application Information and Instructions packet as well as the Frequently Asked Questions page on the ADB-JSP website