New Zealand: Fully Funded ADB Japan International Scholarship Program 2019/20

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB – JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Japanese government. The aim is to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.


Upon completion of their study programmes, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.


Country of Study: New Zealand Institution/ University: University of Auckland
Application Deadline: July 20, 2019 Level of Study: Masters degree

Scholarship Benefits:


  • Tuition fees at the University of Auckland.
  • Airfare from the scholar’s home country to Auckland, New Zealand.
  • The basic cost of living in Auckland.
  • Health and medical insurance in New Zealand.
  • Airfare from Auckland, New Zealand, to the scholar’s home country at the conclusion of his or her course of study.
  • For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation.

Note: The ADB-JSP does not cover dependents.


Study Subject:


University of Auckland programmes covered by this scholarship scheme are limited to the following:


  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science (Environmental Science)
  • Master of Arts (Development Studies)
  • Master of International Business
  • Masters programmes in Engineering.


Eligibility Requirements:


You must:


  • Have gained admission to an approved masters at an approved academic institution.
  • Have a bachelors degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record.
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional work experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application.
  • Be proficient in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
  • Be under 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programmes which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years.
  • Be in good health.
  • Agree to return to your home country after completing the programme.



  • Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned.
  • The staff of JSP-designated institutions can’t apply to their own institution.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country.
  • Applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programmes or who have already completed graduate degree programmes.
  • Undergraduate studies, distance learning programmes, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

Eligible Regions: ADB Member States.


Application Procedure:


  • 2019 admission
    • Applications have now closed for study commencing in 2019.
    • Applications for study commencing in 2019 closed 20 July 2018.
    • Selection for the scholarship will take place between 20 July – 30 September 2018.
    • Successful applicants will be notified by November 2018.
  • 2020 admission
    • Applications for study commencing in 2020 will close 19 July 2019.
    • Selection for the scholarship will take place between 22 July – 27 September 2019.
    • Successful applicants will be notified by November 2019.


To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit the following documentation prior to the closing date:


  • Completed ADB-JSP Information Sheet (Please visit the official link)
  • Academic documentation – both academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Certificate of Employment for the duration of employment issued by the company
  • Certificate of Income issued by the company
  • Certificate of Family Income issued by the company. Must be either your parents or spouses annual/monthly income.
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Valid IELTS test