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Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program 2020/2021 for Students in Developing Countries

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme – JJ/WBGSP calls for applications from developing country nationals and Japanese nationals for master degree programs starting this 2020/2021 academic year.

Application Deadline: 23rd April, 2020

About Scholarship: 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.

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

Type: Masters

Selection Criteria: 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

Eligibility: 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:

  • 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 and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications open.
  • 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.

Number of Scholarships: Several

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.

Duration: The proposed program of study should start during the academic year 2020/2021 for a maximum duration of two years.

Eligible Countries: Developing countries

To be taken at (country): One of the preferred universities (see in Program Webpage Link below)

How to Apply: Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online application form available in  English, French, or Spanish.

It is very necessary to go through the instructions in ALL application documents before applying.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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8 Comments
  1. Shushay Hagos Gebrehiwot says

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  2. Dawit Merhatsidk says

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  5. dejene bekele says

    i am from ethiopia, africa i have graduated from haramaya university in bachelor degee of food science and postharvesting tecnology and i have strong vision to participate in insuring food security of africa and the world.to develop and achieve my vision i have to get good education so could you help me to study in europe?

  6. Eric says

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  7. Dawit Hailu says

    Greeting Sir/Madam
    I would like to thank for your giving this chance to learn.
    I am from Ethiopia, Africa I have graduated from Wachemo University in bachelor degee of Mechanical engineering [Mechanical Design stream] I have strong vision to participate to develop and achieve my vision I have to get good education. So could you help me to study in Europe?

  8. Meseret Aregahegn says

    Dear All; here is my deepest passion to study PhD degree in the filed of chemistry/chemical science.
    I have graduated for universty of Gondar in Applied Chemistry on Agust 2088 and I have graduated my MSc. dgeree in Analytical chemistry from Addis Ababa Universty on july 11 2020. now am too much interseted to ahead my study on 2020/2021 programms in Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program 2020/2021 for Students in Developing Countries. Hence, may you have some clues to get this chance, please help me how can I prossess through.

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