Scholarship Name: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme – JJ/WBGSP
Brief description: The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme – JJ/WBGSP call for applications from developing country nationals and Japanese nationals for master degree programs starting this 2015-2016 academic year will open on February 18, 2015.
Accepted Subject Areas
Eligible applicants should propose a program of study related to development at the master’s level, in fields such as economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development‑related subject.
The World Bank and the Government of Japan, through the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, offer scholarships for Masters Degree to postgraduate students from developing countries. It is anticipated that scholars would return to their countries to apply their enhanced knowledge and skills towards helping accelerate the pace of economic and social development.
Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified
Scholarship Type: Masters Scholarship for developing world bank member countries
By what Criteria is Selection Made?
Eligible applications are assessed according to three main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study. Priority is given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to impact the development in their own countries after completion of their studies
Who is eligible to apply?
To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:
- Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
- Be born after March 31, 1973.
- Have, by the deadline, at least 2, preferably 4 to 5, years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Be in good health.
- Be of good character.
- Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
- Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year.
- Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, or relative of the aforementioned.
How Many Scholarships are available? Several
What are the Scholarship benefits?
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent. The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic program is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds.
The scholarship provides benefits for the recipient only, covering:
- economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
- tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
- a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.
How long will sponsorship last?
The proposed program of study should start during the academic year 2014/2015 for a maximum duration of two years.
Developing countries eligible to borrow from the World Bank
To be taken at (country): One of the preferred university (see link below)
You need to apply to the university to get accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship. The deadline for JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for the academic year 2015-16 will be in March, 2015, 12 noon EST.
Offered annually? Yes
How to Apply
Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online application form available in English, French, or Spanish
The Government of Japan and the World Bank