2015/2016 Joint Japan World Bank Graduate (JJ/WBG) Scholarships Program for Masters Degree/Postgraduate Students from Developing Countries

Application Deadline: March 19, 2015, 12 noon EST.

The World Bank and the Government of Japan, through the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, offer scholarships for Masters Degree to postgraduate students from developing countries. It is anticipated that scholars would return to their countries to apply their enhanced knowledge and skills towards helping accelerate the pace of economic and social development.

Established in 1987 with funding from the Government of Japan, the World Bank Joint Japan Graduate Scholarship Program has helped create an international community of highly trained professionals working in economic and social development through financing of graduate and post-graduate studies.
To date, the Program has awarded over 5000 scholarships selected from over 65,000 applicants, disbursing over US$200 million dollars in funding from the Japanese government.

Eligibility Criteria:
The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
• Not be a dual citizen of any developed country.
• Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff (including consultant) of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), relative or in-law of the aforementioned.
• Holds a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2012.
• Have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree)
• Have, by the notification of the scholarship award, been accepted unconditionally (except for funding)
to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university masters programs
that is listed on the JJ/WBGSP website, that is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.
• Be in good health, as certified by a medical doctor, with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the masters program
Scholarship Benefits:
The scholarship is fully funded by the Government of Japan, and provides for the recipient only 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, you will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university. P
  • lease note that all our partner and preferred masters programs are 2 years or less and the scholarship covers the duration of the program;
  • a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books, while you are studying at the preferred masters program.
  • The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

    • expenses for the scholar’s family;

    • extra-curricular courses or training;

    • language training that is not provided by the graduate program;

    • additional travel during the course of the study program;

    • expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or

    • educational equipment such as computers.

    Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform the J/WBGSP if you have other sources of scholarship funds. The JJ/WBGSP stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the Program has evidence of additional sources of support.

JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review completed applications, with the aim to identify the candidates with the highest potential after completion of their graduate study to impact the development of their country through the public and/or private sector delivery of public goods and services.

Selection Process

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

(i)   Quality of Professional Experience  (30% weight)

(ii)  Quality of Professional Recommendations  (30% weight)

(iii) Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)

(iv) Quality of Education Background  (10% weight)

There are two ways citizens of developing countries can apply for this scholarship:

  1. For scholarships to one of the partner masters programs, please first apply to at least one of our partner university masters programs. The university will send the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat a short list of eligible candidates that have been accepted by the partner program, and the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee will award scholarships to a subset of the short-listed applicants.
  2. For scholarships to one of our preferred masters programs, you need to apply to the university to get accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate (JJ/WBG) Scholarships Program


  1. Hello,
    I am P. Bestto Tingba and a Liberian, I got an admission from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam to study Urban Management and Development at the Master level. I need scholarship to enable me realize my dream of becoming a city manager. The academic semester starts on October 5, 2015- September 23,2016.

    Kind regards,

    Paye Bestto Tingba
    Prospective Student UMD


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