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The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2020

Deadline : April 23, 2020 .  

Apply for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). The 2020 program is open to women and men 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.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships for 30 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 10 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Europe and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. Please note the partner and preferred programs have been modified for 2020. After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.


Benefits for applicants are as below.

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 varies depending on the host country.


To be eligible, you must fulfill the following criteria

  • You must be a national of a World Bank member developing country. Check list here;
  • You must not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • You must be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • You must 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.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  • 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 preferred university 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.


To apply you must follow the following procedure

  1. Read the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the
  2. Read the selection process provided  in the Application Guidelines,
  3. Read the FAQs for any questions you may have
  4. Find your course in the  the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred Master Degrees currently offered.  
  5. Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, follow the link below to apply.

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship

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