Japan and World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program
The JJ/WBGSP is open to citizens of certain 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.
Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 45 Participating Master’s Programs in 27 universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.
Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 45 Participating Master’s Programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2023.
To accommodate the academic calendar of JJWBGSP Participating Programs, the next application process will be organized in two rounds:
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- Application Window#1
From January 16 to February 28 at noon Washington time
JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #1
Application Window#1 is closed. Names of selected applicants will be announced by end of March
- Application Window #2
From March 27 to May 26 at noon Washington time
JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #2
** The link to the online JJWBGSP Application Form is only communicated by JJWBGSP Participating Programs to the applicants they have shortlisted. Please contact directly the Participating Program you are targeting. **
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.
A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.
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- Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
- Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
- Be in good health;
- 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. Please see FAQs—Window 1 on how to count qualified part time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.
- 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. For details, see “How to Apply”.
- 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 who have previously been offered a JJWBGSP scholarship but declined it, or have previously received a JJWBGSP scholarship but did not graduate, are not eligible to apply again.
Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.
- Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
- Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
- Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
- Quality of Education Background (10% weight)
The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:
- Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
- Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
- Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;
- Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.
The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the Participating Program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.
- 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.
Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:
- VISA application(s) 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; or
- Educational equipment such as computers.
- Resident permit fee
Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.
JJWBGSP Participating Programs 2023–2025
Application Window #2: March 27 to May 26
1. Australian National University
Master of Climate Change
Master of Environmental and Resource Economics
Master of Environmental Management and Development
Master of Public Policy
Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Master in Global Health Policy and Management
3. Columbia — School of International and Public Affairs
MPA in Development Practice
Master of Public Administration
4. Erasmus University Rotterdam-IHS
MSc in Urban Management and Development — Urban Digital Transformation & Innovation: Governance and Economics of Cities
MSc in Urban Management and Development — Urban Housing & Land Justice: Equitable Access to Sustainable Land, Housing & Services
MSc in Urban Management and Development — Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change: Integrated Management of Land, Water and Air
MSc in Urban Management and Development — Strategic Urban Planning & Policies: Managing Socio-Spatial Dynamics for Sustainable Cities
5. Harvard — Kennedy School of Government
Master of Public Administration in International Development
6. IHE Delft Institute
MSc in Water and Sustainable Development — Water, Food and Energy Track
MSc in Water and Sustainable Development — Water Hazards, Risks and Climate Track
MSc in Water and Sustainable Development — Water and Health Track
MSc in Water and Sustainable Development — Water Resources and Ecosystem Health Track
7. Keio University
Master in Taxation Policy and Management
8. London School of Economics
MSc Development Management
MSc Development Studies
MSc Global Health Policy
MSc International Social and Public Policy
9. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
10. Saitama University
International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
11 SOAS University of London
MSc International Finance and Development
12 Stanford University
Master in International Policy
13. Université Clermont-Auvergne – FERDI
Master in Economic Policy Management
14. University of Leeds
Master of Public Health (International)
15. University of Oxford
Blavatnik School of Government: Master of Public Policy
Department of International Development: MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies
16. University of Sussex
MA Environment, Development and Policy
MA Food and Development
MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
MA Migration and Global Development
17. University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP): Master of Public Policy, International Program
Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science: International Program on Agricultural Development Studies
18. University of Tsukuba
Master’s Program in Economic and Public Policy
19. Yokohama National University
Infrastructure Management Program (IMP)｜Institute of Urban Innovation, Yokohama National University (ynu.ac.jp)