Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Thailand
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Asian Institute of Technology
  • Funded by: Asian Development Bank
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition, accommodation, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 31 March, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Educational Fees: Costs of tuition (exact amounts)
  • Accommodation Costs: Determined by either the actual dormitory cost or a mutually agreed-upon off-campus housing budget between each DI and ADB.
  • Living Allowance: This includes a housing stipend (a standardized amount to be decided by each DI and ADB).
  • Health and Accident Insurance for Students: A standardized insurance allowance.
  • Textbook Allowance: A set amount for books to be determined by each DI and ADB.
  • Airfare: Economy class flights on the most direct path between the DI and the student’s native country (exact expenses).
  • Travel-Related Expenses: Such as costs for visas, airport levies, and a luggage stipend (a standardized amount).
  • Extra Baggage: Up to 20 kilograms is potentially reimbursable when returning to the home country (based on the actual cost).
  • Allowance for Thesis/Research: Designed to cover research-related costs such as photocopying, educational materials, typing and computing fees, postage, communication, binding, local travel, and accommodations for trips away from the city (a standardized amount).
  • Language and Computer Skills: Scholars should already possess these skills, but if additional training is essential, costs to enhance language and computer skills may be funded by the scholarship (exact costs).
  • Exclusions of the ADB-JSP: The scholarship does not cover family expenses of the scholar; non-mandatory courses or training; extra travel during the study; costs related to additional educational materials, field trips, or attendance in workshops, seminars, or internships at the DI or the purchase of equipment for education, like computers.


Eligibility by Nationality: Must be a citizen of a country currently borrowing from the ADB; those from countries no longer borrowing are ineligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship.

Educational Attainment: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with an excellent academic record.

Work Experience Requirement: A minimum of two years of full-time professional experience post-university degree at the time of application.

Language Proficiency: Must have strong skills in written and spoken English for academic purposes.

Age Criteria: Applicants must be under 35 years old at the time of application, with certain programs allowing for applicants up to 45 years old.

Health Standards: Must be in robust health to undertake studies.

Post-Study Obligation: Commitment to return to the home country after completing the program is required.

Ineligibility for ADB Affiliates: Direct relations and personnel of ADB, including Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management, staff, and consultants, cannot apply for the Scholarship.

AIT Staff Exclusion: Personnel of the Asian Institute of Technology are not eligible.

Residency Requirement: Those living or working outside their home country at the time of application are not qualified for the scholarship.

Program Restrictions: The ADB-JSP does not provide support for those already in graduate programs, nor does it fund undergraduate, distance learning, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, or research projects.

How to apply

  • Prospective applicants must obtain information and application materials directly from their desired Designated Institution (DI), such as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). It’s recommended to utilize resources such as the DI’s website, handbooks, and informational sessions to make a well-informed decision about the DI and the specific course of interest.
  • When applying to AIT, candidates should clearly state their intent to be considered for the ADB-JSP Scholarship. All necessary documents, including the ADB-JSP Information Sheet, must be accurately and completely submitted to AIT; any error or false information could jeopardize the processing of the application or result in the termination of an awarded scholarship. Applicants must also provide their latest tax return or salary certification, along with a statement of family income.
  • AIT assesses and prioritizes applicants using its criteria, while also considering the ADB’s eligibility and selection standards. AIT may reach out to candidates for additional details during the review process before sending its ranked list of candidates and the associated scoring system to the ADB.
  • The ADB then evaluates AIT’s recommendations and proposes candidates for the scholarship to the Executive Director of Japan for official endorsement. Once approved, the ADB informs AIT, which then notifies all candidates of the selection results and begins organizing the scholarship logistics for the awardees.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to sign an agreement acknowledging their obligation to return home after their studies. ADB congratulates the scholars with a formal letter of recognition.

Additional Information

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) Scholarships are granted for study at select Designated Institutions (DIs) within the Asia and Pacific region, focusing on academic disciplines such as economics, business and management, science and technology, and various other fields pertinent to development.

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