Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program JJ/WBGSP

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Joint /World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program JJ/
The call for Applications from developing Country Nationals is now open

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 degree program in a development-related topic.

Subject to available funding, 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. Please note the partner and preferred programs have been modified for 2020.  If you are not admitted to one of these programs you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2020.   

JJWBGSP Preferred Programs

MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM NAME
Asian Institute of Technology Engineering and Master of Science (Energy & Extractives)
Asian Institute of TechnologyWater Engineering and Management
Brandeis UniversityConflict Resolution and Coexistence
Brandeis UniversityGlobal Health Policy and Management
Carintha UniversityManagement of Conservation Areas
Cornell UniversityProfessional Studies (MPS) in Global Development
Erasmus University RotterdamUrban Management and Development
IHE Delft InstituteEnvironmental Science and Technology
IHE Delft InstituteSanitation
IHE Delft InstituteWater Management and Governance
International Christian University Public Economics
Johns Hopkins International Health,Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Concentration
Keio UniversityBusiness and Commerce & Taxation Policy and Management
Kobe Institute of Computing Information Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Data, Economics, and Development Policy
Meiji UniversityPublic Policy
Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering
SOAS University of LondonInternational Finance and Development
University for PeacePeace Education
University of BirminghamConflict, Statebuilding and Development
University of British ColumbiaInternational Forestry
University of Hong KongUrban Design (MUD)
University of ReadingAgriculture and Development
University of ReadingClimate Change and Development
University of ReadingDevelopment Finance
University of TokyoInternational Program in Agricultural Development Studies (Global Agricultural Sciences)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Educational Policy Studies
University of WollongongEducation (TESOL)
Vrije Universiteit Health Systems Policy and Management
Yokohama National UniversityPublic Policy and Taxation

JJWBGSP Partner Programs

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS’ UNIVERSITIESELIGIBLE MASTER DEGREE JJWBGSP SCHOLARSHIP
Yokohama National UniversityInfrastructure Management Program
The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy
Master of Public Policy, International Program
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPPS)Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
Saitama UniversityInternational Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of TsukubaMaster’s Program in Economic and Public Policy 
The University of California, BerkeleyMaster of Development Practice
Brandeis UniversityMaster of Arts in Sustainable International Development
Williams College
Master of Arts in Policy Economics
Université Félix Houphouët BoignyProgramme de Formation en Gestion de la Politique Economique (Economic Policy Management Programme)
University Clermont Auvergne – FERDI      Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Management

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.

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

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on Following Paragraph
  • 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 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.
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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.

Countries Eligible for JJWBGSP Scholarship

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. of, Congo, Rep. of, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, The, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep. of, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Republic of, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s D.R., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, FYR of, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, F. S., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, , Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Rep. Bol. de, Vietnam, Yemen, Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe

How to Apply

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:

SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND A PREFERRED PROGRAM: 

ATTENTION:  The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to our Preferred Programs is now open until the deadline of April 23, 2020. Guidance for this call for applications, 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 GuidelinesFAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx) Master Degrees currently offered.  Please read these documents before starting your application.

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Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, click HERE to apply, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to learn how access and navigate the online application.

SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM:  Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). Announcements from a JJWBGSP Partner Program on when to apply for admission to their program is often posted on the right-side margin of this website. Inquiries on how to submit an admission 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 master degrees offered..

Selection Process

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

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  1. Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
  2. Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
  3. Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  4. Quality of Education Background (10% weight)

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

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards 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, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the preferred program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. The finalists for partnership scholarship are presented for approval on a rolling basis throughout the year, matching the JJWBGSP Partner university’s admission cycle. In all cases, winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee 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 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.

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;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • 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.
  • Resident permit fee

Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds. 

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