Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) 2016 for Developing Countries Nationals (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline:March 10, 2016

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) will begin taking applications February 10, 2016. The program is open to women and men from developing countries with professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts.

This program enables mid-career professionals from developing countries to access the latest techniques and knowledge through graduate studies at universities worldwide. It was established over 25 years ago as part of the special Policy and Human Resources Fund set up by the government of Japan to support the development of human resources in less developed countries

Eligibility Requirements:

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.
  • Be under the age of 45 on the Application Deadline date.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes), 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.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2013.
  • Have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline
  • Have been accepted unconditionally (except for funding) to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs listed on the JJ/WBGSP website, and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.
  • Be in good health, with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar on a continuous full-time basis for the duration of the master’s program, as certified by a medical doctor less than 3 months before the start of the master’s program.
  • Not received any scholarship funding to earn a Graduate degree or its equivalent from any other sources funded by the government of Japan

Scholarship Worth:

  • Scholarship includes full tuition and fees, a monthly living stipend, round-trip air tickets and travel allowance.
  • Upon completion of the program, JJ/WBGSP scholars must immediately return to their home countries to apply their new skills to their countries’ social and economic development.
List of Development-related topics Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions:
  • Finance and Markets
  • Governance
  • Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
  • Poverty and Equity
  • Trade and Competitiveness
  • Human Development
  • Education
  • Health, Nutrition, Population
  • Social Protection and Labor Sustainable Development
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Extractives
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Sound Urban and Rural Resilience
  • Transport and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Water Cross Cutting Development Issues
  • Climate Change
  • Gender
  • Jobs (strategies, policies and regulatory reforms to address issues of informal sector employment and impediments to job creation)
  • Fragility, Conflict and Violence
  • Public-Private Partnerships (capacity building and/or policy advice for regulatory and institutional reforms that enhance the reach and quality of public services)


JJ/WBGSP Scholars from developing countries can study only at preferred master’s programs and partner master’s programs associated with this scholarship.

If you think you fit the profile then consider the two ways citizens of developing countries can apply for this scholarship:

  1. For scholarships to one of the partner master’s programs, please first apply to at least one of our partner university master’s programs. The university will send the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat a short list of eligible candidates who 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 master’s programs, you need to apply to the university to be accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship.

Download the Application Guideline

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2016


4 responses to “Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) 2016 for Developing Countries Nationals (Fully Funded)”

  1. Emmanuel Asamoah Avatar
    Emmanuel Asamoah

    i shall complete my course of study in the University of Education, Winneba in this year 2016. can i still apply for the masters scholarship?



  3. madu ugonna Avatar

    i am a student, i wish to stidy under our scholarship prpgram

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