ADB JSP Scholarship – APU Ritsumeikan

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) at APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University aims to provide well-qualified citizens of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) developing member countries with the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in development-related fields in the Asia Pacific region. Here is a detailed overview of the scholarship:

About the Scholarship

  • APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was selected as a designated institution by ADB in 2010 and provides this scholarship each year to eligible GSA applicants, excluding IMAT program applicants.
  • The scholarship is a “full-ride” scholarship, covering tuition fees, accommodation, a monthly stipend, and other expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria[1]:

  1. Be a national of an ADB borrowing member country and a Japanese Official Development Assistance scholarship eligible country.
  2. Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country.
  3. Not be currently living or working outside of your home country.
  4. Have at least two years of full-time work experience.

Application Process

Applicants must first apply to APU, and APU will then select eligible candidates to recommend to the scholarship organization. The application process details can be found on the APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University website.

In summary, the ADB-JSP Scholarship at APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is a prestigious opportunity for students from ADB member countries to pursue graduate studies in development-related fields. The scholarship provides full financial support and is aimed at nurturing future leaders who will contribute to the development of their home countries.

Fields of Study

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Society and Culture
  • Finance and Economics
    • Economics
  • Hospitality
    • Tourism
  • Political Science
    • International Relations
    • Public Administration

Financial Benefits

  • Full admission fee
  • Full tuition
  • 144,000 JPY/month for living expenses (subject to change)
  • Study material and research allowance
  • Medical insurance
  • Economy class air travel between the home country and APU at the beginning and end of the program


  • The initial scholarship period is one year. Extension for the second year will be considered based on the student’s academic performance at APU.


  • Must not exceed 35 years old
  • No GPA requirement

Must provide one of the tests below:

  • IELTS (6.5)
  • TOEFL iBT (85)
  • TOEIC (800)
  • CAE (176)
  • PTE Academic (58)

Recommended to provide one of the tests below:

  • GRE (no min. score)


  • Recent Photo (portrait)
  • Research Proposal
  • Passport
  • Essays
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Certificate(s) of Employment/Internship
  • Parent’s Income Certificate
  • Academic Transcript
  • Abstracts of thesis
  • Standardized Tests
  • Application fee
  • ADB JSP Application Form
  • Income Certificate
  • Ijazah
  • Letter of Expected Graduation

The 2024 ADB JSP – APU Ritsumeikan master’s program application deadline is January 14, 2024. For more details about the ADB JSP – APU Ritsumeikan Scholarship, please visit the official page or contact the admissions office.