Applications Open for Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program


Deadline: 11 April 2019

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.

Scholarship Benefits

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

  • Economy class air travel between applicants’ home country and the host university at the start of their 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;
  • Tuition for applicants’ graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • 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:

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

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

Selection Criteria

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the preferred program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval.

Eligibility Criteria

Broadly speaking, 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 (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply for scholarships via given website.

For more information, please visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships#Process

  • Avatar Hetty says:

    Thanks a lot.
    Can one get support to study within Nigeria?

  • Avatar Zakia Jamal says:

    I am really grateful for this great opportunity offered. I have been giving voluntary service to educate female young students age 12-16 . I have completed Masters in Education I want to complete M.Phil. I am from Pakistan.. From a village in Punjab. Request you to assist me. I,ll study in Lahore Pakistan. But only need financial Assistance. Kindly contact me. I am in the category of minority being Christian. Thanks God bless U

  • Avatar Joosten Paintsil says:

    Great opportunity for enable my life dream come true

  • Avatar Joosten Paintsil says:

    My future life carrier has come to reality

  • Avatar Nathan sakyi says:

    Please,i am a teacher in Ghana can i get financial to pursue master program in Ghana

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Nathan sakyi,

      Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. fundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

      To find great donors for your cause, please visit: https://www2.fundsforngos.org/tag/Ghana/ and apply accordingly.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Masanga Solomon says:

    I’m just doing my bachelor’s degree program which ends in May next year. Is it possible to be considered for future intake? (Currently working to promote quality education in the community of my Government job station And eager to gain more knowledge and skills in providing support to all children to enable them learn on an equal basis irrespective of their background – something I’ve been working on for the last seven years in public schools).

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Masanga Solomon,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Masanga Solomon says:

    More so I’m doing my degree in special needs education.

  • Avatar Joy Sam Nabwire says:

    Iam a ugandan female and a teacher by profession.Help me access the scholarship to study a masters degree in education

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Joy Sam Nabwire,

      You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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