Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program (JJ/WBGSP) for Developing Country Nationals 1088 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for AY 2019-2020 provides funding for nationals from developing countries who wish to pursue Masters degree programs in development-related topics, with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts.

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs in Preferred Universities  spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs  (see the Official Website for all preferred programs and partner programs) at universities in the U.S., France, Africa,  Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Chile, Thailand, Japan and the United Kingdom in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. The partner programs are in the areas of Public Policy/Administration, Economic Policy Management, Public Finance/Tax Policy and Infrastructure.

JJ/WBGSP Scholars from developing countries can study only at preferred Masters programs and partner Masters programs associated with this scholarship. After earning their degree, developing country scholars have to return home to use their new skills to contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

This scholarship does not sponsor PhD studies, undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, or research projects.


The scholarship is fully funded by the Government of Japan, and covers tuition fees for the entire graduate program as well as the cost of basic medical insurance. It also includes return economy class air travel between the home country and the host university. A US$500 travel allowance will be given for each trip. While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodation, food, etc., including books) will be given to the scholars, with the amount dependent on the host country.

All JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or 2 years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover: visa application 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, educational equipment such as computers, and resident permit fee

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship the scholar already has.


Applicants must be nationals of a World Bank member developing countries (see the Official Website for eligible countries) who are holding a Bachelors degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least 3 years prior to 11 April 2019. They cannot be a dual citizen of any developed country. They should have at least 3 years of recent development-related work experience since earning their Bachelors degree and and acquired within the past 6 years from 11 April 2019. They should be employed in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criteria is for developing country nationals from a country the list of Fragile and Conflict States found on the Official Website.

They should have been accepted unconditionally (except for funding) by 1 of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university Masters programs which is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.

Applicants must be in good health and 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.

Individuals currently studying in a JJ/WBGSP preferred university Masters program are ineligible to receive a JJ/WBGSP scholarship.


Applications for scholarships to the preferred Masters programs are to be done online by 11 April 2019.  For scholarships to the partner masters programs, candidates must first apply to the partner university Masters programs.

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