Japan/World Bank Joint Graduate Scholarship Program

The Japan/World Bank Joint Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting development efforts in their countries who are applying to a master’s degree program. on topics related to development


Under available funding, JJWBGSP provides scholarships for 45 participating master’s degree programs at 27 universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in key development fields. This includes economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

Requires eligibility

  • Be nationals of developing countries that are members of the World Bank on this list
  • Not holding dual citizenship of a developed country
  • have good health
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) received at least 3 years before the application closing date.
  • 3+ years of development-related work experience after receiving a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid, full-time position at the time of submitting the grant application. Have had at least 3 years of development-related employment since obtaining the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and obtained within the past 6 years from the application closing date.


The JJ/WBGSP Scholarship provides recipients 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 after the end of the scholarship period. In addition to round-trip air travel Scholars will receive a travel stipend of US$500 for each trip.
  • Tuition fees for your graduate program and basic health insurance provided by the university.
  • While at university during the scholarship period The monthly living allowance covers all living expenses (accommodation, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Selection process

JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review qualified scholarship applications from developing countries. Its objective is to identify applicants with the highest potential after completing graduate studies. to affect the development of their country

Two qualified assessors will independently review each eligible application. and rates applications on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and their level of integration:

  1. Quality of professional experience (30% weight)
  2. Quality of expert advice (30% weight)
  3. Quality of commitment to your home country (30% weightage)
  4. Background educational quality (weight 10%)

For more information:

Visit the official webpage of the Japan/World Bank Joint Graduate Scholarship Program 2023/2025

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