Financial aid

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 of the Government of Japan. Another ten to fifteen outstanding candidates are awarded the ADB-JSP Scholarship administered by the Asian Development Bank and JJ/WBGSP Scholarship administered by the World Bank. All scholarships cover tuition and academic fees, a monthly allowance ranging from147,000 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 completion of study to contribute to their country's development.

A Doctor of Eng./Ph.D. Degree or a Master's 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.

Note: There will be no call for the master's degree program under the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship for 2018 intake.

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 and other international organizations. This includes a close relative.
  • 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 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 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 with the term "close relative" defined as: 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.

Please refer to the official website of the scholarships for more detailed information.

Selection Criteria and Procedure

Evaluation of applications will be based on the candidate's scholastic ability and research potential assessed from previous credentials, recommendation letters and the essays on specific topics. The lists of candidates nominated by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are sent to the Ministry, ADB, and World Bank respectively for final approval. During the selection process, short-listed candidates may be contacted through internet-based interviews or other appropriate means. Details of these interviews will be sent out to 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 2017-2018 academic year.

Tuition Fee 535,800 Yen per year
Admission Fee 282,000 Yen upon admission
Living Expense 110,000 to 140,000 Yen per month