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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2020/2021 for Masters Degrees (Fully Funded

Brief Highlights:

  • Fully Funded Masters Scholarships
  • Study in Partner Universities Across US, Europe & Japan
  • Covers Air Fare, Tution Cost, Living Allowance
  • More than 30 Different Programs
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The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.  

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 30 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 10 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Europe and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

30 Preferred Programs:

  • Asian Institue of Technology – Engineering and Master of Science (Energy & Extractives)
  • Asian Institute of Technology – Water Engineering and Management
  • Brandeis University – Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
  • Brandeis University – Global Health Policy and Management
  • Carintha University – Mgt of Conservation Areas
  • Cornell University – Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Development
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam – Urban Management and Development
  • IHE Delft Institute – Environmental Science and Technology
  • IHE Delft Institute – Sanitation
  • IHE Delft Institute – Water Management and Governance
  • International Christian University – Public Economics
  • John Hopkins – International Health,Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Concentration
  • Keio University – Business and Commerce & Taxation Policy and Mgt
  • Kobe Institute of Computing – Information Systems
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Data, Economics, and Development Policy
  • Meiji University – Public Policy
  • Pennsylvania State University – Architectural Engineering
  • SOAS University of London – International Finance and Development
  • University for Peace – Peace Education
  • University of Birmingham – Conflict, Statebuilding and Development
  • University of British Columbia – International Forestry
  • University of Hong Kong – Urban Design (MUD)
  • University of Reading – Agriculture and Development
  • University of Reading – Climate Change and Development
  • University of Reading – Development Finance
  • University of Tokyo – International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (Global Agricultural Sciences)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Educational Policy Studies
  • University of Wollongong – Education (TESOL)
  • Vrije Universiteit – Health Systems Policy and Management
  • Yokohama National University Public Policy and Taxation

10 Partner Programs:

  • Economic Policy Management   

    Columbia University

    University of Zambia

    Université De Cocody

  • Public Finance/Tax Policy   

    Keio University

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

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


  • 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 obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.


Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree 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 (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • 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 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.


Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs please check from the links given.

Deadline: 23rd April, 2020



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