IPADS MSc_JJWBGSP Official Rules of Admission for October 2022 intake
IPADS has been chosen as one of the 29 participating MSc programs for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) from 2022 to 2024 intake.
Applicants for IPADS MSc seeking for funding opportunities by Joint-Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) should fulfill the application criteria stipulated by JJWBGSP (for details check: https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships#3), including minimum three-years employment record in the development fields, as well as holding an outstanding academic records.
Selection processes for IPADS admission and JJWBGSP are conducted separately, the former by IPADS and the latter by the World Bank. Those seeking the scholarship are required to pass the screening for admission for IPADS first and obtain a Certificate of Admission (unconditional admission offer) from IPADS which is mandatory for applying for JJWBGSP.
Please note that being admitted in IPADS DOES NOT guarantee any spot in the JJWBGSP.
Those who are admitted in IPADS but fail for JJWBGSP selection can still enroll in IPADS as self-financed students.
Selection is carried out in two separate rounds as per the timetable below.
|Round One||Round Two|
|Online application (pre-screening) closes||25 October 2021||15 February 2022|
|Shortlist announced||by 15 November 2021||by 7 March 2022|
|Document (PDF) submission for shortlisted applicants) closes||15 December 2021||1 April 2022|
|Video/Telephone Interview||13 January 2022||—–|
|Final results announced||by 8 February 2022||by 10 May 2022|
Those who apply for JJWBGSP with a certificate of admission of IPADS must apply to the World Bank in Application Window #2 (application period: From March 29, 2022 to May 27, 2022 at noon Washington time).
Please check the application criteria at the World Bank website >>
Applicants who is unsuccessful in Round One screening can apply again in Round Two screening if they wish to do so.
Following the pre-screening based on the information submitted online, those who meet the eligibility criteria and are considered suitable for consideration for admission (shortlisted applicants) will be invited to submit the additional documents listed on the bottom of this page.
Shortlisted applicants will be announced at https://ipads.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp.
We will not notify the result of the pre-screening to each applicant separately or respond to inquiries about the result of the pre-screening.
Shortlisted applicants will be given about one month to submit the additional documents. An interview may be conducted to the limited number of applicants via Zoom as part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified if this is the case. The final selection result will be informed by email.
IPADS accepts all the application documents in digital format for screening process. However, on being admitted, prospective students will be asked to submit original copy of official transcript and diploma at enrollment registration. If any of the details given in these original documents diverge from the information provided during application process for admission to IPADS, admission will be canceled at any time even after the enrollment.
Be sure that you have all necessary information before starting the application as our online application form does not have a function to “save and resume”
＊ Documents need to be uploaded at online application
・Name of institution
・Country of institution
・Year and month commenced and graduated
・Language(s) used in the program
・Grade point average (GPA) of the coursework component, for coursework and coursework/research degrees
・Summary of the thesis (500 words or less), for research and coursework/research degrees
・Name of the principal supervisor, for research and coursework/research degrees
・Scholarships, awards, medals and prizes awarded during the program
・Scanned official transcript (PDF format) ＊
・Scanned certificate of graduation or diploma/expected graduation (PDF format) ＊
Mandatory for those intending to apply for the JJWBGSP Scholarship
・Name of institution/company
・Country of institution/company
・Year and month commenced and resigned
・Description of the job duties in detail
・Scanned certificate of employment or employment contract (PDF format) ＊
・Scanned TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo (alternative English test for those who meet our criteria only) scores (PDF format) ＊
for a test sat on or after 1 January 2020. While IPADS does not publish the official cut-off scores for English proficiency tests, we especially welcome applicants who meet the following criteria: TOEFL iBT – 98 and above, IELTS – 7.0 and above.
Exemptions from submitting the English test scores or Alternative English test are granted to applicants who meet our criteria only. For detail >>>
IPADS Office reserves the right to request a proof of English proficiency from all applicants, regardless of their nationalities and educational background. For TOEFL, applicants must arrange for the ETS to forward the report to University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences – IPADS (Code: C351).
・Scholarship or funding source for your study in Tokyo
・Names and affiliations of two referees. One should be written by university academic who is familiar with the applicant’s academic achievement such as supervisor for the Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis and the other should be written by applicant’s supervisor at current or previous workplace
・Disciplines of interest
・Essay in word or PDF format ＊
“What do you want to study and achieve through the IPADS? How would you like to contribute to the society after graduation?” (800-1000 words)
IMPORTANT: Your essay should be written based on your academic background and your past or current professional experience and achievement in the field of development.
Detailed instructions on the additional documents to be submitted will be given to those who pass the initial screening and become shortlisted.
The brief information on the documents are:
・Application form with face photo and signature in excel
・Research work conducted by the applicant, such as a Bachelor’s thesis, Honor’s thesis or equivalent (graduates of Bachelor’s programs with no research component will be given an essay assignment at the time of shortlisting)
・Proof of citizenship (Passport copy)
・Two letters of recommendation from two referees nominated at online application
・Proof of Examination Fee payment (the details regarding Examination Fee will be sent out at the time of shortlisting)
According to the World Bank website as of January 30, 2021, followings are the eligibility criteria;