The Japan – IMF scholarship program is now open for application. The scholarship program comprises of two tracks: the partnership track and the open track. JISPA allows scholars to study a specially designed graduate level course concentrating on macroeconomics at an IMF partnership university(partnership track) and to study graduate course in macroeconomics or a related field at either the master’s or PhD level at any leading university in Japan (Open Track). In 2014-15, a total of 36 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. The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) aims to contribute to institutional capacity building of key macroeconomic management agencies in Asia. With this aim, it provides scholarships for highly motivated government officials who may serve as future macroeconomic policy makers with the capacity and vision to contribute to the economic development of their countries.
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Candidates must come from one of these 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.
- Candidates should also currently work for employment from one of the following or related government agencies: central bank, ministry of economy, ministry of finance, ministry of planning/development, ministry of trade/commerce, tax administration, national statistics bureau, or financial regulatory agencies
- Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent with at least 16 years of formal education.
- Applicants must have an English language proficiency, which needs to be demonstrated as equivalent to or more than an official TOEFL score of 550, CBT213, or iBT79-80. If TOEFL scores are not available, then an overall IELTS score of at least 6 0 can be substituted.
- Priority is given to applicants (1) whose age is below 40; and (2) who have not yet obtained a master’s degree from a university outside of their own country.
Field of study
For Partnership Track: JISPA allows scholars to study a specially designed graduate level course concentrating on macroeconomics at an IMF partnership university, i.e. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Hitotsubashi University, International University of Japan (IUJ) and University of Tokyo (UT).
For Open Track: JISPA provides support to scholars who wish to study graduate-level macroeconomics or a related field at either the master’s or PhD level at any leading university in Japan
How to apply
For both the partnership and open track, eligible candidates should submit the following:
– Completed application form. The applicant for the partnership track is requested to apply through the online application system which is available in the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific website
-Official transcripts and official copies of diplomas or degree certificates from all undergraduate and graduate schools An official copy means a certified copy of the original document with an official seal obtained from the administration office of the university attended Copies attested by organizations/persons not having notarized/legal bearing will not be accepted
-Two reference letters: References should be from applicants’ supervisor at work and/or an academic advisor or professor
-TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if available): The TOEFL/IELTS test score must be from an examination taken after December 10, 2010 If a score is unavailable, the applicant will be requested to sit for a TOEFL/IELTS examination prior to receiving a final decision on the scholarship award
For the open track only, eligible candidates should also submit the following:
-Admission letter or enrollment certificate of the University of Choice (open track applicants only): Applicants for partnership track are not requested
All submitted application material must be presented in English or be accompanied by an official English translation. The material will be considered under the control of the IMF and provided to the relevant school(s) and the Government of Japan as it sees appropriate. None of the material will be returned to applicants. Application material should be sent by mail to the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
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Scholarship Application Deadline
For Partnership Track: The application deadline for the partnership track is December 10, 2013.
For Open Track: There is no application deadline and applications are accepted and reviewed year-round.