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2018 Graduate Scholarship Program For Joint Japan / World Bank Group, How to Apply


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2018 Graduate Scholarship Program For Joint Japan / World Bank Group, How to Apply

2018 Graduate Scholarship Program

Organization: World Bank Group

Application Closing Date: April 12, 2018

Required Experience



The World Bank Scholarships Program contributes to the World Bank Group’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world.

It is an important component of the Bank Group’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through investing in education and developing human resources in the developing world.

Since 1982, the Program has helped to create a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ / WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries and has a history of supporting their countries. topic.

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs (.xlsx 49KB) spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs (.xlsx 15KB) at universities in US, Africa and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management , tax policy, and infrastructure management. JJWBGSP scholarships for developing countries are not available for any other degree.

After earning their degree, they develop their skills and contribute to their country and their social and economic development.

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

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Who is Eligible to Apply?

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided under the following conditions: No exceptions are made.

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 degree (or equivalent) 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 degree (or equivalent) degree;

  • Be employed in development-related work in a full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criterion is the application of the United States to the application of the Guidelines for each call for scholarships.

  • On or before the Scholarship Deadline application date,preferred university master’s programs be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year of the country and the country of residence. at the time the call for scholarship applications open.

  • Not be an Executive Director, his / her alternate, and / or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father , Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, Nephew Gold; * 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 application process and the opening of the next.



Method of Application/How to Apply

Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and a Partner Program differs:

CAUTION: The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to one of our Preferred Programs is now open from February 22 to April 12 , 2018.Application Guidelines,FAQs including this call’s: (i) instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided in the Application Guidelines, FAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx 49 KB) Master Degrees currently offered. Please read these documents before starting your application.

Once you are familiar with the application and requirements, click here  to visit, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” step-by-step to the online application.

Those seeking a JJ / WBGSP Partner Program Scholarship (.xlsx 15 KB) must first apply for admission to one of the Partner Masters Degree Program (s). Inquiries on how to submit an application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university.

After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a short list of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship.complete list of JJ/WBGSP Partner (.xlsx 15 KB) master degrees offered.

Selection Process

The JJ / WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing countries, with the aim of identifying candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

2018 Graduate Scholarship Program For Joint Japan / World Bank Group

Two qualified assessors independently of each other and the application of the application

  1. Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)

  2. Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)

  3. Quality of your country (30% weight)

  4. Quality of Education Background (10% weight)


The JJ / WBGSP Secretariat uses the following two assessments:

  • Maintaining a broad geographical distribution of awards, which takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications;

  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications 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, appear to have limited financial resources.

Please note: Regarding the criteria “Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other than being equal, appear to have limited financial resources”. JICA, the Central Bank, and local governments to help finance a graduate or professional degree (including Law, Medicine, Masters, PhD) , irrespective of whether or not the applicant earned that graduate / professional degree. 
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The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the preferred scholarship program to the JJ / WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB Management) for final review and selection for a scholarship. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners in July.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for partnership scholarship to the World Bank’s Executive Director for Japan for approval on a rolling basis, matching the JJWBGSP Partner university’s admission cycle. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners to a master degree program soon after approval.

Scholarship Benefits

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 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.

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

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The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs

  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;

  • Extra-curricular courses or training;

  • Language training 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.

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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 JJ/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. 
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