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Call for Paper for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University


The Southeast Asian Studies Program at Ohio University announces a call for papers the 4th Annual Khmer Studies Forum, which will be held on April 27

The Khmer Studies Forum is an opportunity to facilitate discussion on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, 29, 2012.

The Khmer Studies Forum is an opportunity to facilitate discussion on all aspects of Khmer (Cambodian) studies, including but not liall aspects of Khmer (Cambodian) studies, including Khmer language, history, culture, economics, language, politics, education politics, and the artsartsarts .

Scholars from any discipline are welcome to submit abstracts, and graduate students for free.

For more information:

www.seas.ohio.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS – KSF 2012

FIFA Master Scholarships


Overview

CIES is offering a FIFA/CIES Sports Management programme alumnus the opportunity to receive a full scholarship for the 2012-2013 edition of the “FIFA Master”

This scholarship is awarded by CIES with the objective of strengthening the links between the students of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Programme and the FIFA Master. It also aims at reinforcing the feeling of belonging of the Programme alumni within the CIES community.

The Scholarship, to the amount of CHF 45,000.00 (forty-five thousand Swiss Francs), is intended to cover the registration costs for the FIFA Master as well as all or part of the living expenses (in particular accommodation, travel expenses, etc.) of the beneficiary linked to his/her participation in the FIFA Master.

The successful beneficiary will be selected on the recommendation, and at the discretion of, the FIFA Master Executive Board. Only one scholarship will be awarded each year.

Alumni from the FIFA/CIES International University Network who wish to apply for the scholarship must comply with the following requirements before submitting their application:

The alumnus must have successfully completed the FIFA/CIES Sports Management programme and must have been awarded the corresponding diploma/certificate (regardless of the year in which the corresponding diploma/certificate was awarded).

· The alumnus must have met all his/her financial obligations with respect to the University where he/she was awarded the diploma/certificate.

· The alumnus must comply with the other criteria as defined in the rules concerning the FIFA Master (see http://www.cies.ch/education/fifa-master/apply-to-the-fifa-master/criteria-for-applying/). Among these rules: The alumnus must have obtained a university degree, must have an excellent command of the English language (spoken, written, comprehension) and must have professional experience.

Candidates must comply with the procedure implemented for the FIFA Master and must submit their applications within the stipulated deadlines.

Above and beyond successfully completing the FIFA Master, the beneficiary will also be required to report on his/her experience by writing articles on the academic and leisure activities of the FIFA Master during the 11 months spent in Leicester, Milan and Neuchâtel.

We wish all the Network alumni great success in their future endeavours!

Registration deadline:

20 January 2012

Scholarship rules:

www.cies-uni.org/files/2011_08_31_network_scholarship_for_fifa_master_issue_01.pdf

For further information:

http://www.cies.ch/education/fifa-master/about-fifa-master/about-fifa-master/

For any inquiry concerning the FIFA Master Programme in general:

Stefano Aloise,General Administrator

fifamaster.admin(at)unine.ch

For any inquiry concerning the application form:

admissions(at)fifamaster.org

International Centre for
Sports Studies
Avenue DuPeyrou 1
2000 Neuchâtel
Switzerland
Tel +41 32 718 39 00
Fax +41 32 718 39 01

http://www.cies.ch/cies/news/news/article/new-fifa-master-scholarship-for-fifacies-international-university-network-alumni/

The World Bank Internship Program


Overview

The World Bank Internship offers highly motivated and successful individuals an opportunity to improve their skills while working in a diverse environment. Interns generally find the experience to be rewarding and interesting. The Internship Program is open to students who are nationals of the Bank’s member countries and attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates. The purpose of the Internship is to provide graduate students with a chance to gain exposure to the work of the World Bank Group in the hopes that some will be interested in returning to the Bank for a career after completing their studies. The advantage for the Bank in offering these opportunities to students is that they get temporary assistance from students who are typically very knowledgeable in particular fields. The job descriptions for interns vary. Some interns research particular projects while others actually help design projects and occasionally they participate in Bank missions. The most common fields of study are: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, and private sector development. The number of interns hired for a given year are approximately 150-200, depending on the needs of Bank managers and their budget circumstances.
Eligible Candidates
Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs. This Program typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. Fluency in English is required. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous.
Salary
The Bank pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance towards travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are located in Washington, DC (some positions are offered in country offices) and are a minimum of four weeks in duration.
Application
The World Bank Group Internship is offered during two seasons:
Summer (June-September)
The application period for the Summer is December 1 – January 31 each year.
Winter (December-March)
The application period for the Winter is September 1 – October 31 each year.
All applications MUST be submitted on-line (using the “Apply Now” button on the top of this page – available during the application period only).
Applications submitted after the deadline are not considered.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTHRJOBS/0,,contentMDK:20515785~menuPK:1477648~pagePK:64262408~piPK:64262191~theSitePK:1058433,00.html

Japan Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Applicants Residing Abroad


Overview

The Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Applicants Residing Abroad, or “Overseas Application Scholarship” for short, is carried out as special program to support overseas students in the most-difficult first years of their enrolment in Japanese universities and graduate schools. Japanese language ability is not evaluated in the application-screening process.
Persons who have held a Yoneyama scholarship in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of Japanese universities that carry out a program of “pre-arrival admission approval,” under which overseas students can submit application documents, take entrance examinations, and receive admission acceptance/non-acceptance notice without coming to Japan.

The Overseas Application Scholarship is carried out through linkage with universities that enroll overseas students through the pre-arrival admission system.

*For your information: See the list of universities that issue “pre-arrival admission approval” here at the website of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
The Program’s Eligibility Requirements
For more details, please see the application guide which is downloadable from the lower part of this page.
(1) Have already chosen the university or graduate school s/he will apply for
(2) Be in the process of applying for admission
(3) For the subject university to have a system for issuing “pre-arrival admission approval(*).”

* “Pre-arrival admission approval” is system whereby applicants to Japanese universities and graduate schools are allowed to take the entrance examination and apply for admission while in their countries without having to come to Japan to do so.

Number of Awardees

Thirty-four (34) applicants are scheduled to be selected — one from each Rotary district.

Japan’s Rotary organization is divided into 34 districts. Each district has established within it a selection committee. A document review of each scholarship application is conducted by the district selection committee in the area of the applicant’s targeted university and by the Foundation’s own selection committee, which makes the final selection decisions.

Scholarship Tenures

-For April 2012 enrolment
(1)Undergraduates: Two years from April 2012 through March 2014
(2)Graduate students: Two years from April 2012 through March 2014
(3)Research students: One year from April 2012 through March 2013, with a possible extension of another year for those who wish to go on to earn a degree.

-For October (September) 2012 enrolment
(1)Undergraduates: Two years from October (September) 2012 through September (August) 2014
(2)Graduate students: Two years from October (September) 2012 through September (August) 2014
(3)Research students: One year from October (September) 2012 through September (August) 2013 with a possible extension of another year for those who wish to go on to earn a degree.

Scholarship Amounts
(1)Undergraduates: 100,000 yen per month
(2)Master’s students: 140,000 yen per month
(3)Doctoral students: 140,000 yen per month
(4)Research students
(undergraduate, master’s and doctoral research students):
100,000 yen per month
Supplemental

Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of 400,000 yen is provided upon arrival in Japan.

Application/Selection Schedule

a)Download the application guide and application documents from the lower part of this page.

b)Please send all the application documents to the following address:

ROTARY YONEYAMA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, Inc.
Kokuryu-Building, 2-6-15 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 105-0011 JAPAN

c)Application deadline: 15 October 2011 for both April and October 2012 enrolments (Application documents must arrive by the date.)

d)Selections: Basically made by document review (When deemed necessary the district selection committee may interview the applicant, either by going to his/her country, over Skype, or by phone.)

Copy of Pre-arrival Admission Approval Certificate

The deadlines for submitting a copy of the Pre-arrival Admission Approval Certificate to the Foundation are as follows:
-For April 2012 enrolment: By the end of January 2012
-For October 2012: By the end of June 2012

Submitting a Pre-arrival Admission Approval Certificate satisfies the scholarship application requirement. However, if the applicant is rejected for admission to the issuing university, s/he will lose eligibility for the scholarship at that point.

Announcement of Selection Results

Notification of selection results is made by mail at the following times:
a) For April enrolment: Beginning of February 2012
b) For fall enrolment: End of June 2012

Arrival in Japan and Payment of Scholarship

Yoneyama scholars are to arrive in Japan prior to the month of their admission. Irrespective of the reason, if they do not arrive in Japan by the month that their scholarship will begin to be paid, as indicated below, they will lose their eligibility.

a) For April enrolment: Scholarship payment begins in April 2012
b) For fall enrolment: Scholarship payment begins in October 2012 (or September for some universities)

Application Guide and Prescribed Forms

When applying, please download and use the following documents:Application Guide for Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Applicants Residing Abroad
Application for Scholarship
Research Plan at Japanese University
Composition “Objective of my studies in Japan”
Recommendation Letter

Contact Information

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or fax.

Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation, Inc.

E-mail: scholars@rotary-yoneyama.or.jp
FAX: +81-3-3578-8281

http://www.rotary-yoneyama.or.jp/overseas-s/index_english.html

University of Tokyo Scholarships for Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)


Overview

In October 2011, the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, will welcome a second cohort to its new 2-year Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), geared towards providing students the opportunity to earn a professional degree in public policy while completing all required coursework in English.

All courses offered in MPP/IP are also open to English-competent students in the Japanese MPP program. Additionally, student groups and school organized extra-curricular activities are combined, allowing for increased social and scholarly exchange. Furthermore, MPP/IP students have access to courses in other graduate schools, both English and, language competency permitting, Japanese based.

Scholarships

Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees’ home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.

Annual Intake

  • The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) : 8
  • The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP): 2 or 3
  • Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA): 5-7Note: Applicants for JISPA must apply through IMF’s on-line application system.

Qualifications for Enrollment of the MPP Program

To be eligible for admission to an M.P.P. program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Applicants who expect to earn the required degree(s) between the time of application and the end of September 2011 should submit with their application an official statement that certifies anticipated graduation.

Applicants must have completed at least 16 years of education including at the university level, or its equivalent. Applicants who have spent fewer than 16 years completing their elementary, middle school, high school and university education must explain in detail their academic history.

Please be informed that those applying based on non-standard qualifications should contact the MPP/IP Admission Office, Graduate School of Public Policy prior to applying. For details, please refer to Appendix I.

*Applicants must be proficient enough in English to participate in lectures and receive academic guidance in English at the graduate level

Scholarship Program

Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees’ home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.

I. Eligibility for JJ/WBGSP

To be eligible for receiving a scholarship under JJ/WBGSP, the student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be a national of a Bank member borrowing country.
  2. Be under the age of 45, and generally under 35.
  3. Have at least two (2) years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
  4. Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  5. Be in good health.
  6. Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
  7. Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one (1) year at the time of applying.
  8. Executive Directors, their alternates, staff of the World Bank Group (the Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes) and close relatives of the aforementioned are excluded from consideration. JJ/WBGSP Partnership Program

II. Eligibility for ADB-JSP

To be eligible for receiving a scholarship under ADB-JSP, the student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. A national of an ADB borrowing member country (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).
  2. Gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at a designated institution.
  3. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record. In Japan, an individual is required to be enrolled in school for at least 16 years in order to complete a bachelor’s degree. For applicants who have earned their master’s degree in their home country and have completed only 16 years, their master’s level education will only be equivalent to a Japanese bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree equivalent will be determined by the designated institution.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. In good health.
  7. Should agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.
  8. Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  9. Staff of designated institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  10. Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  11. ADB-JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  12. ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

III. Application Procudure for IMF-JISPA

The applicant for the partnership track under IMF-JISPA is required to apply through IMF’s online application system which is available on the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific website. For details, please follow the instructions on their website.

Application Form and Supporting Documentation Requirements

Applicants must obtain the necessary forms from the Graduate School of Public Policy’s website and prepare the documents according to the list below. Applications must be written in English. If documents are not written in English or in Japanese, an official English or Japanese translation must be attached.

1. APPLICATION Form (Form #1)

  • This document should be typed in English.

2. Official Proof of Graduation

  • One official document of graduation, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you earned your bachelor degree (Please do not send the original diploma.)
  • Those who have not yet graduated from their course of study at the time of application are requested to submit an authorized statement of anticipated graduation.

3. Official Transcript

  • An official transcript listing all courses and grades, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you earned your bachelor degree.
  • If available, a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) should be included. The GPA statement should be part of the official transcript, or, if separate, should bear an official university or registrar seal. It should include an explanation of the numerical values used to calculate the average.
  • If available, an authorized certificate of class ranking may also be included.
  • If the applicant has changed his/her university, he/she should include a transcript from the former university or college. These need to be translated to English.

4. Proof of English Proficiency

  • Either TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required as proof of English competency. An application to the MPP/IP program will not be reviewed without an official score report send to the Graduate School of Public Policy directly from the testing organization. The official scores must reach the Graduate School of Public Policy no later than January 31, 2012 JST. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the Official Score Report reaches the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy prior to the application deadline. The English proficiency test must have been taken within two years of the time of the application’s arrival date.
  • TOEFL: A TOEFL Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 8554). (The Examinee’s Score Record is not acceptable.) Applicants should note the date of the score report request in Form #1. Note: ETS will issue the Official Score Report only for a PBT, CBT, or iBT taken within two years- (An ITP score is not acceptable).
  • IELTS: Applicants can alternatively submit an IELTS test report which also must be sent by the testing organization directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS requirement does not apply to native speakers of English. Also, an applicant who earned a bachelor’s degree -or the international equivalent – from an institution in which English was the primary institutional language of instruction does not need to submit proof of English proficiency. Please refer to “FAQ: TOEFL/IELTS exemption” for a list of qualifications that may exempt a student from having to submit proof of English proficiency. If your qualification appears on the list, contact our office to assess your case. If the qualification does not appear on the list, there will be no exemption.

5. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test Official Score Report (optional, but strongly recommended)

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit a GRE General Test Official Score. This is optional, but scores will be taken into consideration, if supplied.
  • The Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 3944). (The Examinee’s Score Record is not acceptable.) To be considered as part of the application, applicants are responsible for ensuring that the Official Score Report reaches the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy prior to the application deadline: no later than January 31, 2012 JST. Applicants should write the date of the request made to ETS in Form #1. ETS will issue the Official Score Reports only for tests taken within five years.

6. Two Letters of Reference (Form #2-ONE, Form #2-TWO)

  • Must be written in English or Japanese (or a certified translation into Japanese or English).
  • Each letter, together with Form #2, must be enclosed in a sealed envelope. The referee must sign his/her name across the seal of the envelope.
  • The Letters of reference should arrive no later than January 31, 2012 JST. The application will not be reviewed without two letters of reference.

7. Statement of Purpose (Form #3)

  • Applicants should submit a statement of purpose for studying at MPP/IP, GraSPP.
  • This document should be typed and written in English.
  • The length of the Statement of Purpose should not exceed one thousand (1000) words.

8. Letter of Endorsement (Form #4)

9. Statement of Eligibility and Expression of Intent (Form #5)

10.One photocopy of the applicant’s passport photo page (Please do not send the original.)

  • Applicants who do not currently possess a passport may submit a copy of a census register or other proof of citizenship.
  • Japanese nationals need not submit a proof of citizenship.

11.Three passport-style photographs (Please write your name on the back.)

  • Size: 4cm (Height) x 3cm (Width).
  • All should be the same, in color and taken within the last six months.
  • Upper frontal view without hat, etc.

12.Receipt for Remittance of Application Fee*

  • For applicants residing outside Japan: JPY10,000
  • Please note that payment of application fees can be made by credit card through the university’s e-payment system. Refer to e-shiharai.netfor instructions.

13.Checklist (Form #6)

*Please note that none of the submitted documents and materials will be returned.

*An email confirming receipt of all documents necessary to review one’s application will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the application form by GraSPP’s Admissions Office.

Application Package

Note:
Application Forms are MS Word documents. Please complete the forms with MS Word. In case you don’t have MS Word, print the PDF files and complete them with handwriting in block letters with a black or blue ballpoint pen. Signatures must be handwritten.

Note:
Applicants who wish to be considered for ADB-JSP are required to send a completed Information Sheet by email together with the Application Form.

Application Period

Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Tuesday, January 31, 2012. (JST)

Application Procedure

For enrolment in October 2012, completed application documents must be submitted to the Graduate School of Public Policy via registered mail or an international delivery service (such as UPS or FEDEX) by the deadline. Prior to sending the hard copy of all the documents, applicants are required to submit an Application Form (Form #1 only) to: mppip@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp by email detailing the date of sending the application, means of shipping and its tracking number. The Admissions Office will notify the applicant an application number after receiving the email. Applicants should refer to this application number for all communications thereafter.

Application documents must be submitted in their original forms during the period from Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Applications for the MPP/IP Program that arrive after January 31, 2012 JST will not be considered for their candidature to JJ/WBGSP or ADB-JSP. Applicants should take the TOEFL or IELTS as early as possible, as submission of the Official Score Report is an indispensable part of the selection procedure (applications will be considered incomplete without these official score reports).

*Please note that we do not accept applications by solely email or fax.

Address

All the application documentations should be sent to the following address:

MPP/IP Admissions Office, Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Fax (For inquiries only – not for submission of applications): +81-3-5841-3190
E-mail: mppip@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp

http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/mppip/scholarship.htm

Scholarships at the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University


The Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University invites applications for doctoral positions to work in Singapore, in the area of physics based simulation of clothes, virtual try on of clothes, interactive virtual worlds, interactive augmented reality, behavior models for virtual humans as well as social robots, simulation of medical articulations, group and crowds modeling, and related topics. Students will have an opportunity to work in the area of cutting-edge interactive 3D simulation with top equipment as cave and real-time motion capture in a multidisciplinary team.

Eligibility

The doctoral positions require a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related area from a reputed University. Strong capacity and commitment to research is mandatory.

The candidates should apply using the online system with a CV, a brief statement of potential research, and two letters of recommendation clearly stating IMI on their application (https://wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe/owa/pga$rsh_main.menu). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

NTU (http://www.ntu.edu.sg) and IMI (http://imi.ntu.edu.sg/) offer vibrant multidisciplinary research environment, both students and faculty members enjoy a host of opportunities for research collaboration with world-leading universities and renowned institutes. There is a strong research culture where innovation and critical enquiry are key features, NTU researchers are immersed in the best of work environment.

The University has invested heavily in research, creating some of the best laboratories and research centers in the world. IMI is housed in the S$25 million nine-storey Research Techno Plaza (RTP: http://www.street-directory.com/ntu/pixAround/rtp.htm), which forms the University’s research hub with four interdisciplinary research corridors and 10 research centers housed in it.

Activities of the research centers are linked to their international counterparts, turning the campus into mini Silicon Valley yielding landmark innovations. Singapore has low income tax and a doctoral student is not likely to pay any income tax on their stipend (see http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page04.aspx?id=1190). A student gets a waiver of the Tuition fee and funding support for conferences are provided on merit and performance basis. Additional Teaching Assistant opportunities may also be available year three onwards.

For more details please refer to IMI website http://imi.ntu.edu.sg
Contact: imi-phd@ntu.edu.sg or +65-6592 7721
Deadline: continuous
Intakes: January and July

http://imi.ntu.edu.sg/IMIGraduatePrograms/Documents/CALL%20FOR%20PhD%20POSITIONS%20NTU-Singapore.pdf


Overview

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) was first introduced in 1993. It is funded by the Government of Japan, administered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and conducted at various graduate schools in Japan. Its objective is to contribute to institutional capacity building in economic policymaking to promote the sustainable growth of emerging and developing economies in Asia and the Pacific. By training future macroeconomic managers in these countries, the JISPA aims to enable them to better formulate sound economic and financial stability policies needed for sustainable growth and development.

The JISPA targets highly motivated government officials who may serve as future macroeconomic policy makers with the capacity and vision to contribute effectively to the economic development of their countries. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of the candidate’s academic record and work background, mathematical and statistics skills, English language proficiency, and potential for contributing to the macroeconomic and financial management and economic development of their country. The assessment also includes qualities such as the candidate’s commitment to public service, willingness to learn, and openness to new ideas.

Eligible Countries

Currently, the JISPA is open to qualified candidates from 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.

Partnership Track

National Graduate Institute For Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Hitotsubashi University (HIT)
International University of Japan (IUJ)
The University of Tokyo (UT)

Fields of Study

Master of Macroeconomic Program (MEP)
Master of Asian Public Policy Program
Master of Macroeconomic Policy Program
Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)

IMF Scholarships

The scholarship covers tuition-related costs and most living expenses for the scholar herself/himself. Officials who receive the JISPA scholarship cannot accept other scholarships. Scholars are expected to devote full time to their studies while in Japan.

The program comprises two tracks: the partnership track and the open track. Because of the strong competition for scholarships, the JISPA is highly selective. In 2012-2013, a total of 36 new scholarships are available to candidates for the partnership track. There is no fixed limit on new scholarships for the open track, but generally only a small number of scholarships are awarded.

Partnership Track: Application Guidelines

Application deadline

Partnership track: December 10, 2011 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Eligibility requirements

Target countries: 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 employment from 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.

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 particular 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, CBT213, or iBT79-80. If TOEFL scores are not available, then an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 can be substituted.

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.

Application procedures

Eligible candidates should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (preferably typed): The applicant for the partnership track is requested to apply through the online application system (The online application system will be available in October, 2011). The blank application form can be reviewed for reference only.
  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. TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if available): The TOEFL/IELTS test score must be from an examination taken after December 10, 2009. 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.

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, please contact:

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
Japan
Tel. +81 3 3597-6708
Fax +81 3 3597-6705
Email: jisais@imf.org

Open Track: Application Guidelines

Application deadline

There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round.

Eligibility requirements

Target countries: 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 employment from 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.

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 particular 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, CBT213, or iBT79-80. If TOEFL scores are not available, then an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 can be substituted.

Admission to the University: The applicants must be accepted in a graduate-level program in an appropriate discipline. The scholars who have already commenced their studies in Japan may be also considered by the IMF.

Application procedures

Eligible candidates should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (preferably typed).
  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. TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if available): The TOEFL/IELTS test score must be from an examination taken after December 10, 2009. 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 (English Program only).
  5. Admission letter or enrollment certificate of the University of Choice.

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, please contact:

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
Japan
Tel. +81 3 3597-6708
Fax +81 3 3597-6705
Email: jisais@imf.org

http://www.imf.org/external/oap/schol.htm

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