IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)
The Partnership Track
The partnership track of the JISPA allows scholars to study in specially designed graduate level course concentrating on macroeconomics at an IMF partnership university. The partnership universities are:
- National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS): one-year and two-year programs
- Hitotsubashi University (HIT): two-year program
- International University of Japan (IUJ): two-year program
- The University of Tokyo (UTokyo): two-year program
All subjects, including the thesis component, are taught entirely in English.
The universities offer programs for JISPA scholars designed to equip scholars to engage in macroeconomic policy dialogue at the international level. All of the programs have a strong macroeconomic oriented focus, with core courses offered in macroeconomic and financial theory and policies. In addition, the programs offer optional subjects that will help scholars pursue their particular interests and research agenda. All programs contain a thesis or research paper component that will allow the student to develop policy research skills.
The partnership universities have been selected for their strong program content and excellent teaching faculties, but have different strengths and characteristics. Applicants are therefore urged to study the contents of the programs offered by each university carefully before applying, as the application must indicate which university they wish to enroll in.
The application deadline for the partnership track is December 1, 2015. After an initial screening of applications, selected candidates will be contacted by the IMF to arrange an interview, which is typically done in their countries with representatives from the partnership universities. A math and/or English examination may also be administered at this time. Final selection will be made on the basis of the interview, math and English competencies, the application form, and any other supplementary information. (please see the application guidelines for the partnership track for the complete information).