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Partnership Track application for AY2021-2022 (deadline: December 1, 2020)

Application for the Partnership Track for AY2021-22 is open. If you wish to apply, please refer to the e-brochure and the sample applicationand prepare the necessary information and materials. The Online Application is now open. (Closed)

September 30, 2020 

JISPA Summer Workshop

JISPA scholars, most of whom are entering the second year, participated in the three-day workshop to lean about IMF macroeconomic analysis tools. See Tweet and Facebook.

September 8-10, 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Thesis Presentation

5 of the 38 graduating young officials from 16 Asian countries under the JISPA virtually presented their theses  See Tweet

June 22, 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Online Farewell Reception

38 scholars under JISPA cerebrate their achievements at a virtual farewell See Tweet 1, Tweet 2

June 22, 2020, Tokyo, Japan


What is JISPA?

The Japan - IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) is an initiative for junior government officials from key economic agencies in Asia and the Pacific who wish to pursue graduate-level economics degrees at Japanese universities. This aims to contribute to institutional capacity building in the region. JISPA graduates are expected to serve as future macroeconomic policy makers to contribute to the economic development of their countries.

The JISPA comprises of two tracks: (1) partnership-track, where scholarship recipients pursue a master’s degree at one of several IMF partner universities; and (2) open-track, where they can choose their own universities to study either at a master’s level or a PhD course.

The scholarship recipients are offered opportunities to join various JISPA exclusive events and IMF-related activities, including seminars and conferences, receptions and round-table discussions with Japanese officials and IMF economists. 

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Voices of Scholars

Many students and graduates of the scholarship program call their experience in Japan exceptional and unforgettable. 

“Through JISPA, I am able to resume my higher education in my mid-career as well as develop a strong connection with other scholars and policymakers around the world. While fulfilling my academic dream, I can also discover other rewarding life-aspects. Living in a vibrant place such as Tokyo and building friendships are to name a few. Being part of this program is truly a gratifying experience.” -- Mr. Thitiphan Pairojteerarach, Partnership Track (AY2018-20), Ministry of Finance, Thailand


“The JISPA offers us the opportunity not only to study macroeconomic policy in top universities in Japan but also to meet and share skills and knowledge with young and remarkable macroeconomic policymakers from other emerging and developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. I believe the time studying in Japan will become great memories and strong initiatives for all of us to contribute more to our countries and organizations in the region” -- Ms. Le Ha Thu, Open Track (AY2018-21), State Bank of Vietnam

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Special Programs

IMF offers special training opportunities for the JISPA scholarship recipients throughout the program and beyond to support their academic endeavor and career advancement.  

Orientation Program (for new entrants)

An extended orientation program is is one of the highlights for the scholarship recipients under the partnership track. New entrants are invited to attend the 10-week orientation sessions, spanning from academic English to mathematics for economics to cultural understanding, at the International University of Japan in Niigata prior to the commencement of the academic course. This is an opportunity to build a strong tie among the scholars.

Summer Workshop (for current scholars)

An exclusive workshop is offered during the summer break for those who have completed their first-year studies. The three-day workshop provides the scholars with opportunities to gain deeper understanding and broader perspectives of IMF engagement with its member countries in the region.

Continuing Education Program (for alumni)

The JISPA support is extended even after the scholar’s graduation. In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the JISPA offers a Continuing Education Program (JISPA-CE) for alumni serving as mid-level officials in their respective countries. It is part of career-long capacity development for JISPA alumni, aimed at strengthening their analytical skills that may help their policy making for their respective agencies and facilitate their policy dialogues at international fora.



Those who are interested in the scholarship program must submit an application form with supporting documents during the set application periods. 

Partnership-track: September 1 - December 1 (subject to change)

Open-track: April 1 - June 1 (subject to change)

Applicants for the partnership track are required to state their choice of preferred universities in the application. Please read the JISPA e-brochure for detailed information on the partnership university programs, eligibility and application procedures. 

The selection process may involve an interview and a mathematics test. Only those who are shortlisted will be invited for the interview.  

Sample Math Test



JISPA Secretariat 

c/o IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)
21F, Fukoku Seimei Bldg.,
2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011

Tel. +81 3 3597-6700
Fax +81 3 3597-6705

Please include your name, country, organization, department, and title in your inquiry.