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The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

DEADLINE: 28 Feb/26 May 2023 (annual)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to nationals of specific developing nations who are submitting applications to master’s degree programs in development-related fields and who have relevant professional experience as well as a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts.

Depending on financing, JJWBGSP grants scholarships for 45 Participating Master’s Programs at 27 universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in important development fields such infrastructure management, economic policy management, and tax policy.

Please be aware that you cannot apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2023 if you are not accepted into one of these 45 Participating Master’s Programs. (The Joint Japan)

The subsequent application procedure will be split into two waves in order to fit the JJWBGSP Participating Programs’ academic schedules:

  • Application Window#1

2023-01-16 through 2023-02-28 at 12:00 p.m. Washington time
Applications are being accepted for JJWBGSP Participating Programs through Window #1.

  • Application Widow #2

Applications for Window #2 of the JJWBGSP Participating Programs are being accepted from March 27 to May 26, 2023, at noon Washington time.

Please note that special application procedures will need to be followed for 3 Participating Programs in 2023. (The Joint Japan)

After receiving their degrees, developing country scholars pledge to go back home and use their newly acquired knowledge to aid in the social and economic development of their own nations.

The benefits of a JJWBGSP scholarship include tuition, a monthly living allowance, round-trip travel expenses, health insurance, and travel reimbursement. View a whole list of advantages. (The Joint Japan)

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The Application Guidelines for each call for applications provide information on the eligibility requirements in full, and these requirements are scrupulously complied with. Nothing is exempted.

In general, nationals of Developing Countries are required to:

  • be a citizen of one of the developing nations on this list that is a World Bank member;
  • not possess dual citizenship with any advanced nation;
  • remain healthy;
  • possess a Bachelor’s (or comparable) degree that was acquired at least three years before the application deadline;
  • possess a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree and three years or more of recent job experience in the development sector;
  • be working in a paid, full-time position doing development-related work at the time you submit your scholarship application. possess a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) that you earned no more than 3 years ago and that you obtained no more than 6 years prior to the application deadline. For information on how to calculate eligible part-time employment toward this three-year requirement, please read FAQs—Window 1. For a suggested list of development-related subjects, please read Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines.Only individuals from developing nations who are citizens of a nation on the list of fragile and conflict-ridden states found in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines are exempt from this requirement. In these rare circumstances, we do take into account the comparatively few employment options in the nations specified in Annex 3.
  • Being accepted unconditionally (aside from funding) to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed when the call for scholarship applications opens on or before the scholarship application deadline date. Before submitting your application, you must upload the letter of admission. To learn more, go to “How to Apply.”
  • The phrase “near related” is defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-Sister, Brother, Half-Brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew. You also cannot be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, or staff of any sort of appointment of the World Bank Group.

Please be aware that all qualifying requirements are rigorously followed. Nothing is exempted. During an open call for applications, eligibility requirements WILL NOT change. However, between the end of one application procedure and the start of the next, this information is liable to alter. (The Joint Japan)

How to Apply

2023 Application Guidelines
2023 FAQs—Window 1

Selection Process

The JJ/WBGSP employs the following procedure to evaluate qualifying scholarship applications from citizens of poor countries with the goal of selecting the applicants with the greatest potential to have an impact on their countries’ development after completing their graduate studies.

Each eligible application is evaluated independently by two competent assessors, who then rate each application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four key elements and the degree of interdependence between them:

  1. Professional Experience Quality (30% weight)
  2. Professional Recommendation Quality (Weight: 30%)
  3. Quality of Your Home Country Commitment (30% weight)
  4. Background education level quality (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • keeping the regional distribution of awards fairly diverse
  • preserving a fair distribution of rewards by gender
  • when evaluating the employment experience and other parts of an application, unusual situations or challenges;
  • Awardsing bursaries to candidates who, other things being equal, have little access to funding for international graduate studies. (The Joint Japan)

The JJ/WBG Steering Committee, which is made up of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management, receives the finalist list for the Participating Program scholarship from the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat for approval. Soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee’s approval, winners are contacted.

Scholarship Benefits

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

  • At the beginning of your study program and shortly following the conclusion of the scholarship period, economy class air travel from your home country to the host university is included. Scholars will also get two round-trip flights as well as a $500 US travel reimbursement for each journey;
  • Your graduate program’s tuition and the price of your university-provided basic health insurance.
  • During the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence grant to cover all living costs is provided while on school (accommodations, food, etc., including books). Depending on the host nation, the allowance varies in size. (The Joint Japan)

Please be aware that all JJ/WBGSP scholarships only cover the first two years of the graduate program.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • Application fees for visas
  • costs associated with supporting and/or bringing a scholar’s family;
  • extracurricular training or courses;
  • courses that don’t have enough credits to qualify for a graduate degree;
  • The graduate program does not provide language instruction;
  • more journeys made while pursuing the study program;
  • costs for fieldwork, supplemental instruction, and research
  • travels, involvement in seminars or workshops, or internships; or Educational supplies like computers.
  • Permit charge for residents

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship is not intended to replace any other financial aid or fellowship that you may be receiving; rather, it is intended to augment it. If you have other scholarship funding sources, you must inform and provide documentation to the JJ/WBGSP at the time you are told that you are a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship. (The Joint Japan)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

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