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IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)

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Open Track: Application Guidelines

Application deadline

June 1, 2019 for admission in September/October 2019 and April 2020 (Application opens in April 2019)
(December 1, 2019 for admission in April 2020. This additional application will be opened if positions of open-track scholarships are available because of the above-mentioned selection.)

Eligibility requirements

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 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./p>

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 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.

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 have not yet obtained a master’s degree from a university outside of their own country; and (3) who have the minimum of two-three years’ work experience in the public sector.

Application procedures

Eligible candidates should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form: The applicant is requested to apply through online application system (the online application will be made available in April 2019. A sample application form will be posted on this website in January 2019).
  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. Recognized English Test Report (such as TOEFL/IELTS certificate, if available): The recognized English test report, such as TOEFL/IELTS test score, must be from an examination taken after December 1, 2016. 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.
  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 their 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.