The Joint Japan/WorldBank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019-20

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019-20

The Joint Japan/WorldBank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019-20

Fully Funded Scholarship for Developing Countries


For Online Application: October 24, 2019.

For Documents Submission: October 31, 2019

Scholarship Worth

  • Monthly stipend: JPY 152,000
  • accommodations
  • food
  • books
  • Application Fee
  • Admission Fee
  • Tuition Fee
  • Economy-Class Air Travel
  • USD500 Travel Allowance for each trip

Scholarship Description:

Joint Japan/WorldBank Scholarship Program offers scholarships for over 200 preferred programs and 14 partners programs in world top universities of the United States, Africa, and Japan.  After completing the degree the students will return to their home country to work for their community.

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Host Universities:

The world top universities of the United States, Africa, and Japan

Host Country:

Japan and Word Bank

Eligible Countries:

World Bank member developing country:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijani Republic, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso; Also Upper Volta, Burundi, Myanmar, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Peoples Republic), Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Timor Leste (East Timor), Ecuador, Egypt, United Arab Republic of El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The Republic of The Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau,

Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Jamaica, Jordan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (The Gilbert Islands), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos People’s Democratic Republic Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldive Islands, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Republic of Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia,

Rwanda, Samoa, Independent State of Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St.Kitts and Nevis, St.Lucia, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Republic of Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Level Of Scholarships:

Master’s Degree

Field of Study:

All subjects

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Hold 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Applying procedure Instructions:

Applicants can apply for Joint Japan/WorldBank Scholarship Program to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:

Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship (.xlsx 15 KB) 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 shortlist of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Partner master degrees offered.

Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Preferred Program scholarship must apply directly and be admitted unconditionally to one or more of the Preferred Program(s) before submitting a JJWBGSP scholarship through an open call typically announced within the first two months of a calendar year. 


The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them: Quality of

  1. Experience (30% weight)
  2. Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
  3. Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  4. 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 preferred program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. The finalists for partnership scholarship are presented for approval on a rolling basis throughout the year, matching the JJWBGSP Partner universities admission cycle. In all cases, winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.

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