Apply for Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program!


Apply By:  12/04/2018

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.


The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between their home country and the host university at the start of their 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 their graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books. The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Note: Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

Eligibility Criteria

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • 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 and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications open.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible CountriesAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAngola and Barbuda, ArgentinaArmeniaAzerbaijanBangladeshBelarusBelizeBeninBhutanBolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, BotswanaBrazilBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., ChadChileChinaColombiaComoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Rep. of Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, CroatiaDjibouti, Dominica, Dominican, Rep. EcuadorEgypt, Arab Rep. El Salvador, Equatorial GuineaEritreaEthiopiaFijiGabonGambia, The GeorgiaGhanaGrenadaGuatemala, Guinea, Guinea-BissauGuyana, Haití, HondurasIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Rep. of IraqJamaicaJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribati, Kosovo, Republic of Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s, D.R. LebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaMacedonia, FYR of MadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMicronesia, F.S. MoldovaMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNicaraguaNigerNigeriaPakistan, Palau, PanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandRomania, Russian Federation, RwandaSamoa, São Tomé and Principe, SenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSolomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South SudanSri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, SurinameSwaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, TajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTonga, Trinidad & Tobago, TunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistan, Tuvalu, UgandaUkraineUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Rep. Bol. De, VietnamYemen, Republic of ZambiaZimbabwe

For more information, please visit JJ/WBGSP.