Application for the 2021-2022 Japan and World Bank Scholarship Program for Developing Countries is now opened. The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying for a Master’s degree program in a development-related topic.
Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 30 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics at universities in U.S., Europe and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.
- Host institution: Brandeis University, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, National Graduate Institute for Graduate Studies, Saitama University, The University of California Berkeley, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny, University Clermont Auvergne, University of Tsukuba, Williams College, Yokohama National University.
- Fields of study: Eligible Master Degree.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Applicants program duration.
- Target group: Open for candidates of eligible countries. Please check the list below.
Japan and World Bank Scholarship Program Benefits
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship will provide selected applicants 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.
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s D.R., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia,
Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
JJ/WBGSP Eligible Programs
Below is the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred Master Degrees currently offered.
- Asian Institute of Technology : Sustainable Energy Transition, Water Engineering and Management
- Australian National University : Climate Change, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management and Development, Public Administration, Public Policy
- Brandeis University : Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development, Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, Global Health Policy and Management
- Carinthia University : Management of Conservation Areas
- Columbia University : School of International and Public Affairs – Economic Policy Management, Public Policy, Development Practice
- Cornell University : Professional Studies in Global Development
- Erasmus University Rotterdam : Urban Management and Development
- Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government : Public Administration in International Development
- IHE Delft Institute : Environmental Science and Technology, Sanitation, Water Management and Governance
- International Christian University : Public Economics
- Johns Hopkins University : Master of Public Health – International Health and Epidemiology
- Keio University : Business and Commerce & Taxation Policy and Management
- Kobe Institute of Computing : Information Systems
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology : Data, Economics and Development Policy
- Meiji University : Public Policy
- National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) : Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
- Pennsylvania State University : Architectural Engineering
- Saitama University : International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
- SOAS University of London : International Finance and Development
- University of Birmingham : Conflict, State Building and Development
- University of British Columbia : International Forestry
- University of California-Berkeley : Master of Development Practice
- Université Clermont-Auvergne FERDI : Master in Economic Policy Management
- Université Félix Houphouët Boigny : Economic Policy Management Program
- University of Hong Kong : Urban Design (MUD)
- University for Peace : Peace Education
- University of Reading : Agriculture and Development, Climate Change and Development, Development Finance
- University of Tokyo : Master of Public Policy, International Program, International Program on Agricultural Development Studies (Global Agricultural Sciences)
- University of Tsukuba : Master’s Program in Economic and Public Policy
- University of Wisconsin-Madison : Educational Policy Studies
- University of Wollongong : Education (TESOL)
- Vrije Universiteit : Health Systems Policy and Management
- Williams College : Master of Arts in Policy Economics
- Yokohama National University : Infrastructure Management Program.
Japan and World Bank Scholarship Program Eligibility
To be considered for the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship (JJ/WBGSP), applicants must:
- Be a national of a World Bank member developing country (check list above);
- 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. 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 the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application.
- 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.
- Slovak Government Scholarship for International Students;
- International Academic Scholarship in Switzerland;
- Government of Mauritius Africa Scholarship;
- Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI).
How to Apply to the Japan and World Bank Scholarship Program
Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:
Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, please CLICK HERE to apply, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to learn how to access and navigate the online application.
Those willing to apply for a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). Inquiries on how to submit an admission application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university. After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a short list of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship.
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