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Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Brief description:

The  Joint Japan World Bank  Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue graduate studies leading to a master’s degree from preferred and partner universities around the world. Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their country.

Host Institutions/Programs of study:

See the list of JJ/WBGSP preferred university masters programs offered for AY 2015-2016 and the list of JJ/WBGSP partner masters programs.

Target group:

Citizens of eligible developing countries

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarship provides travel costs between your home country and the host university, tuition for your graduate program, the cost of basic medical insurance, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.


The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•  Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.

•  Not be a dual citizen of any industrialized country.

•  Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, relative or in-law of the aforementioned.

•  Holds a Bachelors degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2012.

•  Have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree)

•  Have, by the notification of the scholarship award, been accepted unconditionally (except for funding) to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university masters programs that is listed on the JJ/WBGSP website, that is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.

•  Be in good health, as certified by a medical doctor, with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the masters program.

Application instructions:

The next call for applications will open around February 2016. Please check the official website around this time.

For scholarships to one of the preferred masters programs, you need to apply to the universityto get accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship. The deadline for JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for the academic year 2015-16 is 19 March 2015, 12 noon EST.

For scholarships to one of the partner masters programs, please first apply to at least one of the partner university masters programs. The university will send the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat a short list of eligible candidates that have been accepted by the partner program, and the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee will award scholarships to a subset of the short-listed applicants.

It is important to read the 2015 application guidelines and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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