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Japan-IMF Scholarships Program for Japanese Citizens in Abroad – 2019/2020


Application for the Japan-IMF Scholarships Program for Japanese Citizens in Abroad – 2019/2020. Entry is now open at the JISP – Government of Japan in Abroad.


JISP’s goal is supporting Japanese scholars during their doctoral studies in macroeconomics and helping them become applied macroeconomists at the IMF.  The JISP covers all reasonable expenses for two years of graduate study including: Full university tuition and fees; Medical insurance; Annual book allowance and monthly living allowance; Selected travel expenses; and Paid summer internship.


To cover the remaining years of study, JISP scholars are expected to secure another source of funding, usually through Research or Teaching Assistantship at their university.

The Japan-IMF Scholarships Program for Advanced Studies (JISP) is financed by the government of Japan and administered by the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and International Education Blueprint (IEB) in Japan.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • Japanese citizens are eligible to apply for these endowments program.
  • A Japanese citizen.
  • Able to obtain a Ph.D. by age 34.
  • Studying at, or applying to, a Ph.D. program in macroeconomics at a university outside of Japan. Only universities with a strong doctoral program in macroeconomics are eligible.
  • Entering the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of the Ph.D. program.
  • The candidate should have a very good command of the English language.


  • The application is available online at www.iie.org/jisp. It must be completed in English and include the following:

Application Form

Application must include:

  • A personal statement focusing on the applicant’s background, career goals, and interest in working as an IMF economist;
  • A complete university transcript for the applicant’s prior studies and, if already a graduate student, a current university transcript;
  • GRE and TOEFL or IELTS scores;
  • A copy of one application to a Ph.D. program; and
  • Two reference letters.

The studentships are awarded in the spring, for studies starting in the fall of that same year. Candidates must apply directly to universities for admission.

Please note that no exceptions can be made regarding the scholar’s nationality, university location, or field of study.

  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before December 31, 2019  will be considered.

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