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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 the 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. Do I have to pay the University of Hawai'i application fee?
  5. Must I send everything by December 1?
  6. Do I need work experience to apply for the ADB-JSP Scholarship?
  7. I am married. May my spouse join me if I win the ADB-JSP Scholarship?

1. I studied at a university where English was the medium of instruction. Am I still required to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
All applicants to the ADB-JSP are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship (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 Hawai‘i. 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-JSP applicants who live in a country where neither the GRE nor the GMAT exam is offered can submit a request to the University of Hawai‘i to have their application reviewed without the required score.  (Back to Top)

4. Do I have to pay the University of Hawaii application fee?
Yes, ADB-JSP applicants are required to pay the University of Hawai‘i application fee. (Back to Top)

5. Must I send everything by December 1?
Only the ADB-JSP application, cover letter and supporting essays, and curriculum vitae/resume must be postmarked by December1 (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 December deadline. However, all supporting documents that can be mailed after the December 1 postmark deadline need to be received by the East-West Center before the application review process starts early in the following year. The ADB-JSP application checklist provides a quick overview. (Back to Top)

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

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

The Asian Development Bank-Japan 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