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Thank you very much for your interest in the Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) of the University of Tsukuba! The application period of PEPP is now open for enrollment in October, 2019 as below.
From enrollment in October 2018, the Course in Public Policy is no longer available. Only the Course in Economic Policy will be offered.

(Updated on November 2018)

General Information of Admission

Application period

November 8th, 2018 - 23:59 February 28th, 2019 (JST)

Application process and schedule from application to enrollment.


* Please note that schedule may be changed by condition.

Application Requirements

To be eligible for applying to WB/ADB scholarships, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Parts I and II.

Applicants who are not eligible for WB/ADB scholarships and wish to pursue the Course in Economic Policy may apply for admission to: Course in Economic Policy: Non WB/ADB Scholarship.

Part I: For all applicants
To apply to PEPP, applicant must:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have completed 16 years of school education (up to undergraduate level). A strong background in economics and associated quantitative tools (linear algebra, calculus and basic statistics) is highly recommended.
  • Note: Those applicants who have completed their university education in countries where formal schooling lasts less than 16 years, who are at least 22 years old, and who have spent at least one year in a research or similar institution, may qualify to apply by filling out and submitting the provided form (Certificate of Research Activities).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English communication skills by submitting either of the following:
  • Score of standardized test such as IELTS / TOEFL / TOEIC or Other evidence such as a letter from the university or current working place, as deemed appropriate by the Graduate School
  • Demonstrate verbal and quantitative skills by submitting either of the followings:
  • Score of standardized test such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Other evidence such as a letter from the university or current working place, as deemed appropriate by the Graduate School.
  • Be in good health with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the Graduate Program, as certified by a medical doctor.
Part II: By Scholarship

Check if you meet criteria by scholarship. Only applicants who fulfill eligibility requirements of both scholarships can apply to both JJ/WBGSP and ADB-JSP.

i) To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholaship, applicants must:

Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;

Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;

Be in good health;

Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;

Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;

Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.

Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term "close relative" defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew; *Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.

More information about JJ/WBGSP

ii) To apply for an ADB-JSP scholarship, applicants must:

A national of an ADB borrowing member and Japanese ODA scholarship eligible country listed here.

Gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at an academic institution .

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent with superior academic record.

At least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application. Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.

Have proficiency in oral and written English communication skills.

Be not more than 35 years of age at the time of application.

Be in good health.

Not more than 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programs which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.

In good health.

Should agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.

Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and close relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.

Staff of ADB-JSP designated institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.

Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.

ADB-JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.

ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

More information about ADB-JSP:

How to Apply?

1. Check if you meet all application requirements above.

2. To complete application process efficiently and successfully, you must read the Application Instructions carefully before/during application process. FAQ may be of assistance to you.

3. Go to our Online Application System to start application process.




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