The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program developing countries

Deadline: May 27, 2022

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries.  Applicants must have relevant professional experience. They must also have a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts while applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 26 Participating Programs at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development; including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

Also note that if you do not not get an admission to one of these 26 programs; you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2022.

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.

A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and also travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.

Eligibility for the Graduate Scholarship Program

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  • 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.
  • Get an unconditionally admission (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group.

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Scholarship Benefits of the Graduate Scholarship Program

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 $500 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 to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance also 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

How to Apply

See the following Application Guidelines and FAQs



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