JJWBGSP scholarship for Developing Country Nationals and for Japan Nationals, 2019

Applications are invited for Joint Japan/World Bank graduate scholarship program available open to women and men from developing countries. JJWBGSP offers scholarships in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in development fields such as Economics and Finance for Development, International Development Management, Project Planning and Management
Course Level: Scholarships are open for the master degree program.
Scholarship Provider: Government of Japan and the World Bank
Scholarship can be taken at Abroad
Accreditation: Since inception in 1944, the World Bank has expanded from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions.

Eligibility: Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least three years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have three years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JJWBGSP Preferred or Partner Masters degree Programs;
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments 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;

Scholarship Open for International Students: Developing Country Nationals and for Japan Nationals

Scholarship Description: 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.

Number of awards (s): The JJ/WBGSP provides scholarships to a limited number of Japanese young professionals.

Duration of award(s): The JJ/WBGSP provides scholarships for no more than two-year duration.

What does it cover? 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.
  • Note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

Selection Criteria: 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 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 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 university’s admission cycle. In all cases, winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.

How to Apply: The completed application form must be submitted online and required documents must be mailed in hard copy by the postmark date of April 11, 2019, to the World Bank.  

Scholarship Application Deadline: The completed application form must be submitted online by April 11, 2019, and required documents must be mailed in hardcopy by the postmark date of April 11, 2019, to the World Bank.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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