The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies (JISP) is a two-year program intended to help Japanese nationals obtaining Ph.D. degrees in macroeconomics,finance, public finance, monetary economics, international economics, international trade, poverty Issues, political economy, or econometrics and preparing them to work as economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The scholarship is funded by the government of Japan and administered by the IMF Institute with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Up to seven scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to students with a record of high academic achievement. All JISP scholars are required to apply to the IMF’s Economist Program (EP) upon completion of their doctoral studies and to accept an EP position if offered. Scholars who do not comply with this condition will be asked to repay the scholarship cost.
To be eligible for the Japan-IMF Scholarship Program (JISP) you must be:
- A Japanese citizen.
- Pursuing an advanced degree in macroeconomics, finance, public finance, monetary economics, international economics, international trade, poverty issues, political economy, or econometrics at a top university outside of Japan; and
- Able to complete your Ph.D. by age 34.
Step 1 – Instructions
Please read the following instructions carefully and refer to them as you complete the application. Specific instructions for completing a question or item are provided in the application. However, as this application is used for several different programs, some of these instructions are not applicable to the Japan-IMF Program and some parts are not required. All of the instructions specific to JISP are noted in the steps below.
Step 1B – Access the online application
Visit: IIE’s online application portal to register.
Step 2 – Complete the application form
Item 25- Examination Results: Only the GRE and TOEFL are required.
Step 3 – Documents and Essays
Item 28 – Study/Research Objective: Please limit to 150 words.
Item 29 – Personal Statement: The personal statement is an essential and highly important part of your application. You should take great care to write a clear statement, of no more than 500 words, primarily focusing on your academic background, career goals and interest in working as an IMF economist.
Item 30 – Additional Information: Please include a list of all the institutions to which you are applying and the date when you expect to be notified. You may attach a resume or CV.
Transcripts – You can upload copies of your transcripts here.
Item 36 – References: Please list only 2 references. Each of your references will be invited via email to provide us with a reference letter on your behalf.
Item 38 – Authorization of Release of Information: Not applicable to JISP, enter “No.
How to Apply Online
Note: Please read the above guidelines very carefully and refer to them as you complete the application. Applications must be submitted online through IIE’s application portal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or problems. A complete application must be in English and include the following:
- Application form
- A personal statement of no more than 500 words, primarily focusing on the applicant’s career goals and interest in working as an IMF economist.
- All post-secondary school transcripts.
- 2 letters of recommendation: to be submitted electronically, by 2 different referees.
- GRE and TOEFL test scores.
- A scanned digital copy of an application to a doctoral program (if not yet accepted to or attending a program).
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