Thursday, December 24, 2020

[Master Degree] Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) at Kobe University, Japan (Fully Funded)

In the 2021 academic year, which begins in October, the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) at Kobe University will accept Master's Program students sponsored by the ADB-Japan Scholarship Program (referred to as “ADB-JSP” hereafter). Doctoral students are ineligible for this program.
In addition to the requirements outlined in the application guideline, “SPECIAL COURSE FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY (MASTER’S COURSE)” (referred to as the “Guideline” hereafter), ADB-JSP applicants should comply with the following requirements.

Scholarship Coverage

The scholarship offered by the ADB-JSP includes
  • full tuition,
  • medical and accident
  • insurance
  • , a monthly stipend with a subsistence and housing allowance (for the 2020 academic year, the monthly stipend for one person is 147,000 yen, but is subject to change for the 2021 academic year),
  • a book allowance, other miscellaneous expenses, and
  • economy-class airfare via the most direct route to and from the Kansai International Airport (KIX) / the Osaka International Airport (Itami / ITM) / the Kobe Airport (UKB) and the scholar’s home country.

Requirement For Scholarship:
In addition to the ‘Eligibility for General Admission’ (see bellow), ADB-JSP applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Applicants must be nationals of an ADB borrowing member country (Indonesia Include). (Applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are ineligible for the ADB-JSP).
  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a superior academic record. Those with a Bachelor's degree but less than 16 years of formal education must verify their eligibility with the Academic Affairs Office (GSICS) by 4 December 2020.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of full-time professional work experience acquired between earning a Bachelor’s degree and when applying to the ADB-JSP.
  • Applicants must be less than 35 years of age at the time of application.
  • ADB staff, ADB consultants, and their siblings and relatives are ineligible.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than their home country are ineligible.
  • The ADB-JSP will, in principle, not support applicants pursuing a second master's degree.
  • The ADB-JSP will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad.

Required Documents for Scholarship:

In addition to the documents to be submitted (See "Required Documents For General Admission" bellow), ADB-JSP applicants must also submit the following documents:

  • ADB-JSP Information Sheet (form attached)
  • Certificates verifying your own income and that of your parents or family (the amounts should be in US dollars). Attach a statement or certificate if you have no income. If incomes are not clearly certified, the applicant may not be considered for the scholarship. Please submit authorized certificates issued by public agencies.
    If status is unemployed, retired or deceased, an authenticated supporting document must be submitted
  • Application fee: ADB-JSP applicants do not need to pay it at the time of application (January 2021). However, successful candidates will be notified by the Academic Affairs Office of GSICS in early April 2021 and must pay this fee by 14 April 2021. Nonpayment will be considered as withdrawal from the ADB-JSP and the Special Course for Development Policy.
How to Apply:
Please send all documents or correspondence regarding the ADB-JSP to:
Academic Affairs Office, GSICS, Kobe University
2-1, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe City, 657-8501 Japan
Fax: 81-78-803-7297
(Write in red on the front of the envelope "Application for ADB-JSP".)

Deadline For Scholarship:

The application period for ADB-JSP is from 8 January (Fri.) to 15 January (Fri.) 2021, which is earlier than that for the Special Course for Development Policy. 

General Admission

Eligibility for General Admission:

  • Only applicants who are not of Japanese nationality and can obtain a student visa for enrollment may apply to the Special Course for Development Policy. There are three categories of eligible applicants:
    • (a) Those who have or will have completed an undergraduate program in Japan by September 30, 2021.
    • (b) Those who have or will have completed 16 years of education outside Japan by September 30, 2021.
    • (c) Those who are at least 22 years of age by October 1, 2021 and are recognized as possessing an academically ability suitable for graduate studies by GSICS.
  • Applicants in the eligibility category (c) above must contact the GSICS Academic Affairs Office about their eligibility. All inquiries must be accompanied with the following documents: curriculum vitae, official transcript from the last university attended (if any), and an explanation of the reasons for applying, including additional supporting evidence of eligibility. The documents outlined above must be received by February 3, 2021.
Other Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
  • (1) Health: Applicants must be physically and mentally fit.
  • (2) English proficiency: Applicants must possess a sufficient command of English for graduate studies. Applicants from undergraduate programs not conducted in English are strongly encouraged to submit their official TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • (3) Accepted applicants must appear at the GSICS Academic Affairs Office no later than October 4, 2021 (i.e., before classes begin in the fall semester).
Admission may be revoked:
  • (1) If accepted applicants are not in Japan by the date specified above in 5(3) or
  • (2) If accepted applicants fail to graduate from a university by September 30, 2021.
Required Documents For General Admission:
The following documents must be submitted (Application documents cannot be returned) :
  • (1) Application form (form enclosed) A recent (within the last three months) photograph (4.5 cm × 3.5 cm) must be glued to the completed application form.
  • (2) Official transcript of undergraduate studies in English (Photocopy is not accepted)
    • If not in English, a translation should also be included.
  • (3) Official certificate of bachelor’s degree in English (Photocopy is not accepted)
    • Applicants who have not yet graduated must provide an official letter from the university in which they are currently enrolled affirming the applicant's expected graduation and degree conferment by September 30, 2021. If not in English, translation(s) should also be included.
  • (4) Research proposal (form enclosed)
  • (5) Letter of recommendation (form enclosed) An original letter must be submitted; copy, in any form, is unacceptable. The letter should be from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic work and English ability.
  • (6) Letter of consent (form enclosed) A letter of consent must be obtained from a prospective academic advisor.
    • *1 Refer to Table A for a complete list of the GSICS teaching staff along with the type of degrees students can apply for under their supervision.
    • *2 This document is not required for those applying for special admission under the eligibility specified in Section 4 (a) and (b) .
  • (7) Application fee: 30,000 yen (fee subject to change)
    • *1 After obtaining a letter of consent, please inquire about payment methods at the GSICS Academic Affairs Office.
    • *2 After completing the monetary transfer, attach a photocopy of the bank transfer receipt or transfer slip to the application form. Payment of bank transfer fees (if any) is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • (8) Photocopy of the passport biographical information page
    • *1 Applicants residing in Japan must also submit a photocopy of their residence card.
    • *2 Applicants without a passport at the time of application may submit a photocopy of a citizenship certificate instead.
  • (9) Official TOEFL or IELTS score report (if available).
    • TOEFL
      Submit an official “Examinee’s Score Report” (Photocopy is not accepted) or request that ETS forward an “Official Score Report” to GSICS to be received no later than April 14, 2021 (DI Code:3341, Department Code: 80). TOEFL-ITP is not accepted.
    • IELTS
      Submit an official “Test Report Form” (Photocopy is not accepted) or request that the testing center forward an original “Test Report Form” to GSICS to be received no later than April 14, 2021.
  • Applicants who have or will have graduated from a university in China, if admitted, must apply for the certificate of their bachelor's degree provided by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) without delay. Details will be communicated to each successful applicant in this category after the admission decision

All application documents must be submitted as a single packet to the GSICS Academic Affairs Office by registered mail. (Write “application forms enclosed” in red on the front of the envelope.) Application documents must be received by GSICS between April 1, 2021 and April 14, 2021.
Application documents brought in directly cannot be accepted.

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