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Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program

The deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Our next competitions will be for Fall 2023, and the application will be available on the East-West Center application listings page in August 2022.

The Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) provides support for Master's degree study in ADB-JSP approved fields of study at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), and for participation in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center (EWC).

ADB-JSP is a scholarship program that was established to strengthen human resource capacity in Asian Development Bank developing member countries. After completing their studies, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and share their new knowledge and skills to promote socioeconomic development.

To make certain you are eligible to apply for the ADB-JSP Scholarship please carefully read the Basic Eligibility Requirements and Areas of Study Funded sections below. 

ADB-JSP Basic Eligibility Requirements

The basic eligibility requirements for the ADB-JSP scholarship at the East-West Center are as follows. Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and current resident of a developing member country of the Asian Development Bank and not more than 35 years old 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 degree plus a 1-year Master's degree, or a 2-year bachelor's degree plus a 2-year Master's degree. This is subject to review.)
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience after a university degree at the time of application.
  • Take one of the English proficiency tests; the minimum acceptable scores are 550 for the paper-based TOEFL; 213 for the computer-based TOEFL; and 79-80 for the internet-based TOEFL iBT; 6.5 for the IELTS; or at 100 from DUOLINGO. Results must be taken from a test within the past two years.

Applicants with the following experience are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship:

  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who have previously studied abroad, or who are seeking a second master's degree are not eligible to apply.

To confirm your eligibility for the ADB-JSP Scholarship, please read carefully all of the ADB-JSP requirements and criteria for selection on the ADB website at www.adb.org/JSP.


Eligible Programs of Study  

The following are eligible Master's degree programs that are funded by ADB-JSP at the East-West Center. Standardized examinations that are required of applicants are listed next to each program along with the requesting institution in parentheses.

  • Business Administration (Global MBA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GMAT (UHM only)
  • Economics (MA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Geography (MA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management (MS):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Ocean and Resources Engineering (MS):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Oceanography (MS):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Pacific Islands Studies (MA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM)
  • Public Administration (MPA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM)
  • Sociology (MA):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (MS):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (MURP):  TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (EWC and UHM)

See the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa website for details on the Master's degree programs listed above including each program's application process. 


Applying to a Master's Degree Program at the University of Hawai‘i

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 into a Master's degree program.

Information on applying for most eligible Master's programs listed above can be found at the UHM Graduate Division website:  http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate. However, do not use this website for the field of Business. If you are seeking admission to a Master's program in this area of study, use the Global MBA Business Program. Application forms for this field must be obtained from the respective program. 


Contact Information

East-West Center
Award Services Office/ADB-JSP
1601 East-West Road
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601 USA

Email:  adbjsp@eastwestcenter.org
Telephone:  +1-808-944-7738
Fax:  +1-808-944-7730

2019 ADB-JSP scholarship recipients.