The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) 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.
JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 52 Participating Programs at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan. The scholarship is mainly for developing country nationals of World Bank Member Countries
A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. The scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.
The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a national of a World Bank member country on this list;
- Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
- On or after the date of the call for scholarship applications opens, not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment (including temporary and consultant) of the World Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes); or not be 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
- 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.
- 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.
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:
From 15 January 2024 to 29 February 2024 at noon Washington time. JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #1
Application Window #2
From 25 March 2024 to 24 May 2024 at noon Washington time
JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #2
Archaeology and Ancient History
Architecture and Design
Arts and Culture
Banking and Finance
Business and Economics
Food science Technology
History of Art and Film
Hospitality and Management
Library and Information Science
Office Technology Management
Peace and Conflict
Politics and International Relations