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AY2024-25 Open-track Application (Deadline: June 1, 2024) 

The open track provides support for graduate studies in macroeconomics or a related field at either the master’s or PhD level at any leading university in Japan. Priority is given to PhD candidates. If you wish to apply, please refer to the open-track and application guidelines sections in the JISPA e-brochure as well as a sample open-track application form, including instructions on reference letters.

Applicants are requested to complete and submit their application information through the online open-track application.

[Updated on May 7, 2024]

JISPA 30 Years On: Empowering Asia's Economic Policymaking

Celebratory events to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the JISPA was held.
Pre-registration for online participation is required.
See more details HERE
Date:   November 16, 2023,
10:00 AM-3:30 PM, Japan Time

2023 Thesis Presentation and Farewell Gathering

Date: June 21, 2023
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What is JISPA?

JISPA 30th Anniversary Logo

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. The program aims to contribute to institutional capacity building in the region. JISPA graduates are expected to serve as future macroeconomic policy makers and contribute to the economic development of their countries.

JISPA is comprised 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 select a master’s or PhD course at any leading Japanese university.

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.

Reynaldo Beluso Delos Santos, Jr., National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines

Reynaldo Beluso Delos Santos Jr.
Partnership Track: 2021-2023
National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines, 

Zolzaya Enkhtur, Bank of Mongolia

Zolzaya Enkhtur
Partnership Track: 2021-2023
Bank of Mongolia

Anil Shrestha, Ministry of Finance, Nepal

Anil Shrestha
Open Track: 2020-2023
Ministry of Finance, Nepal

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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 - November 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.