Master The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship

at The University of Sydney in Australia

Scholarships and College Loan for international students
The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship and College Loan Program (ADB-JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. The objective of the program is to provide an opportunity for well qualified citizens of the Bank’s Developing Member Countries (DMCs) to undertake postgraduate studies which will assist the economic and social development of their countries.

Who is eligible for the ADB Scholarships and College Loan?

Citizens of developing member countries of the Bank (see list and selection criteria below) who have a minimum of two years’ working experience and who are eligible for admission to the following degree programs at the University of Sydney:

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Transport Management
  • Master of International Public Health
  • Master of Engineering

Please note, applicants living or working outside their home country are not eligible for this scholarship. Also, no applicant will be allowed to apply for the ADB-JSP scholarship more than two times.

To be considered for an ADB-JSP Scholarships and College Loan you must:

  • Lodge a separate application for admission to one of the above degrees using a University of Sydney application form, as well as completing the ADB-JSP application form.
  • Have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university with above average grades (eg GPA of 3 out of 4 or First Class Pass or First Class Honours.
  • Have a four year Engineering degree with above average grades from a recognized university, if applying for the Master of Engineering.
  • Provide evidence of two years work experience and the latest income tax return (an official letter from an employer may be accepted in cases where an income tax return is not available).

The University of Sydney Application Processing Fee (APF) will be waived if you lodge your ADB-JSP application form together with your admission to the University application form.

Your ADB-JSP application will only be considered, if you receive an official offer of admission to one of the above degree programs prior to the ADB-JSP application deadline. If your entry is subject to English language proficiency or academic documention, you must provide all required documents before the ADB-JSP scholarship deadline.


ADB-JSP Scholarships and College Loan Application deadlines

Application closing date for courses starting in July 2010 is 30 November 2009.

Benefits of these Scholarships and College Loan

Each scholarship covers full tuition fees, an allowance for books and instructional materials, a monthly living allowance, medical insurance and travel expenses. For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be applied to assist in field work and thesis preparation. In special circumstances, computer literacy, preparatory language and other similar courses may be covered under the scholarship.

ADB Developing Member Countries

The following countries are ADB Developing Member Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji Islands
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Republic of Korea
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Republic of Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Scholarships and College Loan Selection criteria

  • Qualifications of the candidate.

Applicants with less than two years of work experience will not be selected.

  • Preference to women candidates.
  • Preference to applicants with lesser financial capacity.
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad.
  • The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who are pursuing a second master’s degree or a second doctorate degree.
  • Candidates who are applying in a participating academic institution in their own country may not be selected.
  • Diversification of nationality in the overall Program as well as at each participating academic institution will be considered.

Duration of Scholarships and College Loan

The scholarship period is one year. An appropriate extension for the second or third year of study is conditional on the scholar’s maintaining a satisfactory level of performance determined by the University of Sydney and following approval by the ADB.

Total number of scholarships and college loan:

Scholarships and college loan are awarded, each year, as vacancies arise following completion of studies or withdrawal of scholars. Less than three ADB-JSP scholarships may be awarded in each round of application.

Competition for an ADB-JSP scholarship is extremely strong. Only candidates who receive an unconditional offer of admission will be considered for the ADB-JSP scholarship.

Scholarships and College Loan Application form

You can complete the Application Form by following the instructions on the form.

Please download the ADB-JSP application form at:

You must have a copy of Acrobat Reader to access this form. If you do not have one, you can download a free copy from Adobe.

For further information please contact:

International Office
The University of Sydney
Phone – +61 2 8627 8302
Fax – +61 2 8627 8387
Email –

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