2016/2017 Japan IMF Scholarship Program for Asia

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A scholarship for junior government officials in Asia who wish to pursue graduate-level economics at Japanese universities Funded by the Government of Japan Administered by the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP).

The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) was first introduced in 1993. It is funded by the Government of Japan, administered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and conducted at various graduate schools in Japan. Its objective is to
contribute to institutional capacity building in economic policymaking to promote the sustainable growth of emerging and developing economies in Asia and the Pacific.

By training future macroeconomic managers in these countries, the JISPA aims to enable them to better formulate sound economic and financial stability policies needed for sustainable growth and development.


  • The JISPA targets highly motivated government officials who may serve as future macroeconomic policy makers with the capacity and vision to contribute effectively to the economic development of their countries.
  • Scholarship awards are made on the basis of the candidate’s academic record and work background, mathematical and statistics skills, English language proficiency, and potential for contributing to the macroeconomic and financial management and economic development of their country.
  • The assessment also includes qualities such as the candidate’s commitment to public service, willingness to learn, and openness to new ideas.
  • Currently, the JISPA is open to qualified candidates from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Island Countries, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
  •  In 2016-17, a total of 35 new scholarships are available to candidates for the partnership track.
  • There is no fixed limit on new scholarships for the open track, but generally only a
    small number of scholarships are awarded.

Partnership Track

The JISPA partnership track allows scholars to study specially designed graduate level courses concentrating on macroeconomics at an IMF partnership university.

Open Track

The open track of the JISPA provides support to scholars who wish to study graduate-level macroeconomics or a related field at either the master’s or Ph.D. level at any leading university in Japan. However, priority is given to Ph.D. candidates.


  • The scholarship covers tuition-related costs and most living expenses for the scholar herself/himself.
  • Officials who receive the JISPA scholarship cannot accept other scholarships. Scholars are expected to devote full time to their studies while in Japan.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA)

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