Fully funded Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship for Developing countries 2018-2019

The Government of Japan in Collaboration with The World Bank is delighted to invite applications for the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship 2018-2019.

This international Scholarships is intended for students from the developing countries of the world.  The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is a Fully Funded Scholarship.

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.

About Host Institutions/Programs of study

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 masters degree program in a development-related topic.

More so, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs (.xlsx 49 KB) spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs (.xlsx 15 KB)  at universities in U.S., Africa and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

JJWBGSP scholarships for developing country nationals are not available for any other master degree program.

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

What You Need To Know Before Applying For This Scholarship

This article is going to answer  four major question every applicants have on their mind , so without wasting anymore of your time lets derve into this,

  • What can an applicant do before the call?
  • Who is Eligible to Apply for joint/Japan scholarship?
  • How to Apply for joint / japan scholarship
  • Scholarship Benefits

What can an applicant do before the call?

  • Read information posted on this website and review eligibility criteria carefully.
  • Apply to one or more of the JJWBGSP preferred (.xlsx 49 KB) and partnership(.xlsx 15 KB) master degree programs.
  • Begin gathering required documentation for the scholarship application, including: your current curriculum vitae (c.v.), proof of employment for each record of employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree, and certified copy of the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned.
  • Identify two professional recommenders.

Please note that application guidelines that provide detailed application instructions will be posted on this website during the open call.

Who is Eligible to Apply for joint/Japan scholarship?

Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JJWBGSP Preferred or Partner masters degree Programs;
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments 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;

*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 close of one application process and the opening of the next.

Target group:

Developing country nationals

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

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

Please note all JJ/WBGSP partner and preferred masters programs are 2 years or less and the scholarship covers the duration of the program.

How to Apply for Joint/Japan scholarship

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This appliction process is very simple , relax then take a breath , you can actaully do this yourself. All you need to do is follow the application steps  one step at a time. you get that??? so


But before you start know this ,

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:


Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship (.xlsx 15 KB) must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Masters Degree Program(s).

Inquiries on how to submit an admissions 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.

View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Partner (.xlsx 15 KB) master degrees offered


Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Preferred Program scholarship (.xlsx 49 KB) must, apply for admissions to one or more of the Preferred Program(s)

Then apply for a JJWBGSP scholarship through an open call typically announced within the first two months of a calendar year.

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.

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.


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.


ATTENTION:  The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to one of our Preferred Programs is now open from February 22 to April 12 , 2018.

the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx 49 KB) Master Degrees currently offered. Please read these documents before starting your application.

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  • Thank you so much for your website it is quite helpful, I need your assistance to get a scholarship. I have been trying but am not getting any luck. Please help

  • Yes, it is very interesting. Only what I can say here, so many conditions might fail the candidate. Understand that the quantity of the candidates may be very hight but still, most of developing countries are getting a big challenge to find the scholarship.
    For stance, someone like me, which I have a very big hope to do further studies to help my countries financial system, but my undergraduate background studies it was not like I hope. That because all my college studies it was in the French language until getting my baccalaureate, but when it comes to university studies, I only get a scholarship for Egypt, which the system of study it was totally different from what I previously had.
    I struggle, and I found my bachelor but the score of my degree it was not of cause hight, which was not my defeasance, but a still a high score, is being considered the most important condition of getting any scholarship support…! Today I’ve done a very important effort to learn English for maximising the opportunities, and still, I do. By teste, I’m working at a regional bank, Exim Bank Tanzania ( Comoros Branch) for more than two years and a half, I’ve got different traineeship from different financial institution still, the university score degree for any scholarship application is becoming a challenge for me…! Anyway, I’m pursuing whatever the chance is, for getting further university studies.
    So I’m calling any person, who can help to get my master study suport to it…..
    Tanks for all.

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