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To be eligible for the Japan-IMF Scholarship Program (JISP) you must be:
- 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.
Step I. Instructions
Please read the following instructions carefully and refer to them as you complete the application. Specific instructions for completing a question or item are provided in the application. However, as this application is used for several different programs, some of these instructions are not applicable to the Japan-IMF Program and some parts are not required. All of the instructions specific to JISP are noted in the steps below.
Step 2- Complete the application form
Item 25- Examination Results: Only the GRE and TOEFL are required. If you want to have your score reports sent directly to the Institute Of International Education, indicate code 8401 at the time you take the exam.
Step 3- Documents and Essays
Item 28—Study/Research Objective: Please limit to 150 words.
Item 29—Personal Statement: The personal statement is an essential and highly important part of your application. You should take great care to write a clear statement, of no more than 500 words, primarily focusing on your academic background, career goals and interest in working as an IMF economist.
Item 30 - Additional Information: Please include a list of all the institutions to which you are applying and the date when you expect to be notified. Do not attach a resume or CV
Transcripts - You can upload copies of your transcripts here. However, transcripts can also be sent directly to the address above.
Item 36: References: Please list only 2 references.
Item 38: Authorization of Release of Information: Not applicable to JISP, enter ‘No.’
Item 40 - University Preferences- Most Highly Preferred Institutions: This section is not applicable to JISP. Do not enter anything here.
Item 42 - Institutions to Which You Have Applied: It is expected that you have applied for admission to PhD programs. Please list the names of programs to which you have applied and the response received, if any.
Step 4 - Supplemental Forms
Of the supplemental forms listed, only the Letters of Recommendation are required.
Letter of Reference/Recommendation: You must have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of reference are extremely important and should be written by someone under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study.
- Your recommenders have two ways in which they can submit their letters.
- Your recommenders can complete the forms online and submit electronically. You must click on the Recommendation button on the Home page of this application to register your recommenders.
- Recommenders can submit their letters directly to IIE.
Step 5- Recommendations
You can register a recommender if you would like them to enter their recommendation online. JISP applicants only need to register TWO recommenders.
Step 6- Application Inspector
Before you can electronically submit your application, it will be reviewed for completeness. If there is missing data, you will be prompted to correct the application. Review a PDF version of your application and print a copy for your records.
Step 7- Submit your application
After completing this application and thoroughly reviewing it, you will submit it electronically. Please note that a signature page is not required for JISP.
After submitting your application electronically, you will be able to access it in a viewable PDF format as well as be able to access supplemental forms. You will be able to print these documents. However, you will not be able to make changes to your application.
Tips for Completing the Online Application
- Record your user ID and password. You can log in and out of the application as frequently as you like.
- You do not need to complete the application at one sitting. However, there is a 40-minute "time out" function. Save your application frequently.
- You can copy and paste information into all text boxes.
- In the text boxes, you must limit your responses to the space provided. Information that exceeds the space provided will not display or print.
- You can review each page of the application in its PDF format by clicking on the Preview button on the upper right-hand corner. Closing out of the PDF view will bring you back to your application.
How to Apply Online
Note: Please read the above guidelines very carefully and refer to them as you complete the application.
Applications must be completed in English and include:
- personal statement
- university transcript
- GRE and TOEFL scores
- two reference letters
- copy of an application to a Ph. D program
Applicants should apply online at: