Financial Aid

The program is highly competitive and admits only twenty to twenty-five students each year, out of which about seven to ten candidates are awarded the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship administered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology  (MEXT) of the Government of Japan. Another ten to fifteen outstanding candidates are awarded the ADB-JSP scholarship administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and JJ/WBGSP Scholarship administered by the World Bank (WB). All scholarships cover tuition and academic fees, a monthly allowance ranging from 147,000 to 148,000 Yen, and a round-trip air ticket from the awardee's home country. Some grants are also available for books and research travel within Japan. The Monbukagakusho scholarship for the doctoral course is granted for up to three years based on satisfactory performance of the student. The master's degree scholarships are granted for two years. Neither scholarships are extendable beyond three and two years, respectively. The master's degree scholarships require the awardees to return to their home countries upon the completion of study to contribute to their country's development.

A Doctoral degree applicant for the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship must:

  • be a national of a country where the Japanese Government Scholarship is offered.

  • be under 35 years of age as of April 1st of the application year.

A Master's degree applicant for the Asian Development Bank-Japan (ADB-JSP) Scholarship must:

  • be a national of a member country of the Asian Development Bank.

  • be not more than 35 years old at the time of application.

  • live or work in his/her home country.

  • agree to return to his/her home country after completion of study.

  • not be an executive director, an alternate director, an official or a staff member of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and any other international organizations. This criteria also includes candidate's close relative, i.e., if a candidate's close relative falls under the stated category, he/she is ineligible to apply.

  • have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience acquired after a university degree at the time of application.

A Master's Degree applicant for the JJ/WBGSP Scholarship must:

  • be a national of a World Bank (WB) member developing country.

  • not hold dual citizenship of a developed country.

  • be in good health

  • hold a bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the application deadline date.

  • have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree.

  • be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of application submission.

  • be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in our master's degree program.

  • not be an executive director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group, or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption. The term "close relative" here refers to: mother, father, sister, half-sister, brother, half-brother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.

There are no separate application forms for Monbukagakusho, ADB-JSP, and JJ/WBGSP scholarships. The same application forms are used for all of these programs. One set of application materials is enough to be considered for all of the scholarships.


Applicants are strongly discouraged from contacting the Asian Development Bank and World Bank regarding the ADB-JSP and JJ/WBGSP Scholarships, respectively. All communications regarding the scholarships should be conducted through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Saitama University only.

Refer to the official website of the scholarships for more detailed information.

Selection Criteria and Procedure

Evaluation of applications will be based on candidate's scholastic ability and research potential assessed from previous credentials, recommendation letters, and the submitted essays on specific topics. The list of candidates nominated by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are sent to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology  (MEXT) of the Government of Japan, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and World Bank (WB) for their final approval. During the selection process, short-listed candidates may be contacted for internet-based interviews or other appropriate means of further evaluation. Details of these interviews will be sent out to only to the short-listed candidates.

Cost of Study

Students who wish to enroll without the department administered scholarships must find other financial support for his/her study at Saitama University. Following are the general expenses for a self-supported single student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

          Tuition Fee:           535,800 Yen per year

          Admission Fee:     282,000 Yen upon admission

          Living Expenses:  110,000 to 140,000 Yen per month