Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

  • Fully Funded Travel+Tuition Fee+ Monthly Stipend
  • Japan Universities, USA Universities, Africa Universities See the list in detail description
  • Masters
  • Multi Subject, Development Related Topics
  • WorldBank Member Developing Countries
  • USA, Japan, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand
  • 05/27/2022
Expired in
05/27/2022
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Scholarship Description:

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open for WorldBank Member Developing Countries . The scholarship allows Masters level programm(s) in the field of Multi Subject, Development Related Topics taught at Japan Universities, USA Universities, Africa Universities See the list in detail description. The deadline of the scholarship is expired at 27 May 2022.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open for students 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 completion of degree, the students is required to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

Degree Level:

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is available to undertake Masters level programs at Japan Universities, USA Universities, Africa Universities.

Available Subjects:

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • Multi Subject
  • Development Related Topics

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for Participating Programs at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan. 

Scholarship Benefits:

A JJWBGSP scholarship provides

  • tuition fee
  • a monthly living stipend
  • round-trip airfare
  • health insurance
  • travel allowance.

Eligible Nationalities:

Students from world bank memeber developing countries are eligible.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Arab Rep, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia,

Eligibility Criteria:

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 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. 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. Please see FAQs on how to count qualified part time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.
  • 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 participating master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • 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.

Application Procedure:

To be considered for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship, you must first apply and be unconditionally accepted for admissions to at least one of the Participating Programs. In your application, YOU NEED TO UPLOAD AN UNCONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE from a participating master’s degree program. Appications are done online once the scholarship opens. There are 2 application windows depending on the participating program:

It is important to visit the Application Guidelines official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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