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Partnership Track application for AY2020-21 (deadline: December 1, 2019) 

Application for the Partnership Track for AY2020-21 is open. If you wish to apply, please refer to the e-brochure and the sample application prior to proceeding to the online application. CLOSED

Updated: November 13, 2019 

New scholars are ready for their studies

37 young policymakers from across Asia and the Pacific are ready to pursue graduate studies in economics in Japan, thanks to the government of Japan and the JISPA. See Tweet

October 10, 2019, Tokyo

Summer Workshop

JISPA scholars get hands-on knowledge of IMF’s work and frameworks for macroeconomic risks. These tools will help them solve policy-making challenges in their own countries. See FB Post

September 21-23, Tokyo

New batch of scholars just arrived

Head to the IUJ for the Orientation Program. See Tweet

July 4, 2019, Niigata

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. 

Mr. Das"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the JISPA for the valuable support during our study in Japan. The program has afforded me opportunities to share my experience as well as learn extremely informative knowledge from other JISPA scholars and senior economists. I strongly believe that the knowledge and experience that I have gained regarding public policies will be of great help for my career development in the future. I am honored to be part of the program." --Ms. Kieu Oanh Nguyen, Partnership-Track (2018-19), State Bank of Vietnam

Ms. Hlaing"Thanks to the JISPA I was given the chance to study economics at the doctoral level in Japan. My dream to upgrade and update my knowledge, skills and abilities has come true. I hope to contribute my knowledge to macroeconomic planning of my country in my line of duty. I am ready to share my experiences with my colleagues and encourage them to take study opportunities with JISPA. This will help widen their scope of knowledge and improve their skills to enable their active participation in economic development of our country and the region." --Mr. Myo Min Kyi Win, Open-Track (2016-19), Ministry of Planning and Finance, Myanmar

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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.