Joint Japan/World Bank Fully Funded Graduate Scholarship Programme for Developing Countries

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Applications are now open for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program. 

The JJ/WBGSP is available to nationals of specific developing nations who are applying to master’s programs in development-related fields and who have relevant work experience as well as a track record of aiding in the development of their nations.   

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Eligibility Requirements

Broadly speaking, nationals of developing countries must:

  • Be a national of a developing World Bank member country on this list;
  • Not hold dual citizenship in 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;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the application deadline.

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

  • 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 $600 travel allowance for each trip.
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance is provided to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note that 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 is not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the study program
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops or seminars, internships,
  • Educational equipment, such as computers.
  • Resident permit fee

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Application Requirements for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship

Submit one online application:

  • An application will be accepted and reviewed if the applicant submits only one completed application electronically through the JJ/WBGSP application portal by the W2 application deadline: May 24, 2024, at 12:00 noon EST.
  • An application is considered complete if it includes: a. and b.
  • Two professional recommendation letters, submitted online, from people who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional work experience.
  • One completed application form (which includes an applicant’s agreement to conditions stated on the signature page of the application form) that is written in either English or the language of their master’s degree program. (For example, a completed application form written in French by an applicant seeking a scholarship to attend a university in the USA or the United Kingdom will not be reviewed.).

Method of Application for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship

For more information,

Visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: May 24, 2024.