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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The JJ/WBGSP is accessible to citizens of specific developing countries who possess relevant professional experience and a track record of contributing to their countries’ development endeavors. The program is designed for individuals applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related field.

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Subject to available funding, the JJ/WBGSP provides scholarships for 52 Participating Master’s Programs across 27 universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan. These programs focus on key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

It’s important to note that eligibility for the JJ/WBGSP Scholarship in 2024 is contingent upon admission to one of the 52 Participating Master’s Programs. The application link will be shared only with candidates shortlisted as eligible JJ/WBGSP applicants by participating universities. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the university offering the JJ/WBGSP participating master program to determine if they meet the requirements.

To accommodate the academic calendar of JJ/WBGSP Participating Programs, the application process is organized into two rounds:

  • Application Window #1
    • From January 15 to February 29, 2024, at 12:00 noon EST
    • Announcement of selected applicants by the end of March 2024
  • Application Window #2
    • From March 25 to May 24, 2024, at 12:00 noon EST
    • Announcement of selected applicants towards the end of June 2024

After completing their degree, scholars from developing countries commit to returning to their home country to apply their newly acquired skills and contribute to social and economic development.

A JJ/WBGSP scholarship covers tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and a travel allowance. For a detailed list of benefits, please refer to the program’s official information.

Eligibility criteria for each application cycle are provided in the Application Guidelines. The criteria are strictly adhered to, and no exceptions are made. In general, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country.
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country.
  • Be in good health.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date.
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application, with at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Be admitted unconditionally for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs listed.

Certain exclusions apply, such as not being an Executive Director, staff, or a close relative of World Bank Group personnel. Individuals who have previously declined or not graduated from a JJ/WBGSP scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

The selection process involves independent assessment by two qualified reviewers, considering factors like professional experience, recommendations, commitment to the home country, and educational background. The JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee approves the finalists, and winners are notified accordingly.

The scholarship covers various benefits, including air travel, tuition, medical insurance, and a monthly subsistence allowance for living expenses during the scholarship period.

Notably, the JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover visa application costs, family support, extra-curricular courses, language training, additional travel, research expenses, or educational equipment.

Applicants should inform the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat if they have other sources of scholarship funds.

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