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

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (Fully Funded)

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers a great chance for energetic students passionate about pursuing a master’s degree in a development-related field. It aims to welcome international students, promoting education, economic development, and capacity building.

This fully funded scholarship supports talented students seeking higher education abroad. The World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program connects students globally, offering opportunities for Master’s level studies across partner countries like the US, Africa, Japan, Oceania, and Europe.

Through over 26 participating master’s programs, this scholarship enables students to enhance their career development and acquire professional skills. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the World Bank’s mission for two years, fostering the growth of young researchers and professionals from developing countries.

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 before 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 unconditional 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


The application deadline to apply for the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) 2024 for international students March 25 to May 24, 2024.

How to Apply

See the following Application Guidelines and FAQs

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