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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.

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Japan/World Bank Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Japan/World Bank Masters Scholarship

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  1. Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  2. Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  3. While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  1. VISA application(s) costs
  2. Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar's family members;
  3. Extra-curricular courses or training;
  4. Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  5. Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  6. Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  7. Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  8. Educational equipment such as computers.
  9. Resident permit fee

Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds. 


Requirements for Japan/World Bank Masters Scholarship Qualification

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  1. Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  2. Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  3. Be in good health;
  4. Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  5. Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  6. Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  7. On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  8. Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment 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.

Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.


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Application Deadline

April 23, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Bank on app.wizehive.com to apply

Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:

SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND A PREFERRED PROGRAM: 

ATTENTION:  The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to our Preferred Programs is now open until the deadline of April 23, 2020. Guidance for this call for applications, including this call’s: (i) instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided  in the Application GuidelinesFAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx) Master Degrees currently offered.  Please read these documents before starting your application.

For more details, visit JJ/WBGS website



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