Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

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The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master's degree or its equivalent.

The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic program is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds.

The World Bank Scholarships Cover

  • Economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period.
  • In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

    World Bank Scholarships Eligibility

    To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
  • Have, by March 31, at least 2 years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
  • Be in good health.
  • Be of good character.
  • Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
  • Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year.

    Eligible applicants should propose a program of study related to development at the master's level, in fields such as economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development‑related subject.

    The Program does not support studies in the applicant’s home country.

    World Bank Scholarships Selection Criteria

    Eligible applications are assessed according to three main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study.

    For more scholarship information and application details, see the links below.

    For more information and application materials, see: Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
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