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Open Track: Application Guidelines

Application deadline

June 1, 2017 for admission in September/October 2017 and April 2018. (Application opens in April 2017)
(December 1, 2017 for admission in April 2018. This additional application will be opened if positions of open-track scholarships are available as a result of the above-mentioned selection.)

Eligibility requirements

Target countries: Under current program guidelines, candidates must be a national of one of 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.

Work: 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. The program will also consider officials working in other areas of government that have a significant impact on the formulation or implementation of macroeconomic policy.

Education background: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent with at least 16 years of formal education. Names of schools and attending dates beginning from primary school must be listed in the application. In some cases, 15 years of formal education may be accepted if there is an official explanation (a country’s particular educational system or other exceptional circumstances).

English proficiency: Applicants must have an English language proficiency, which needs to be demonstrated as equivalent to or more than an official TOEFL score of 550 or iBT79-80. If TOEFL scores are not available, then an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 can be substituted.

Admission to the University: The applicants must be accepted in a graduate-level program in an appropriate discipline. The scholars who have already commenced their studies in Japan may be also considered by the IMF.

Applicants must be committed to contributing to the development of their home country, and if selected, are expected to return to their sponsoring agency upon completion of their studies under the JISPA.

Priority is given to applicants (1) whose age is below 40; and (2) who wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

Application procedures

Eligible candidates should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (print coly of application information submitted through online application system. Applicants are requested to complete the online application)
  2. 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.
  3. Two reference letters: References should be from applicants’ supervisor at work and/or an academic advisor or professor.
  4. TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if available): The TOEFL/IELTS test score must be from an examination taken after December 1, 2014. 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 (English Program only).
  5. Admission letter or enrollment certificate of the University of Choice, or a copy of the applications to a university1 (open track applicants only).
  6. Thesis or equivalent paper form master’s degree (open track applicants only).

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 (see address below).

For further information on the application procedure, including the application form, please visit the scholarship website at

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia
IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
21st Floor Fukoku-Seimei Building
2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
Tel. +81 3 3597-6708
Fax +81 3 3597-6705

1Applicants must notify the IMF of the admission result of the university(ies) to which they are applying prior to receiving a final decision on the scholarship award.