The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Eligibility criteria

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;

*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.

About the scholarship

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 in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.  JJWBGSP scholarships for developing country nationals are not available for any other master degree program.

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A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

View a detailed list of benefits on the World Bank website. After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to home to use their new skills to contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

Applicable courses

Eligible countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijani Republic, The
  • 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
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How to apply

Please see the World Bank website for details.

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Please see the World Bank website for details

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