Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
The World Bank
Deadline:  27th May

All Nationalities
M.Tech. (Master of Technology),M.Arch. (Master of Architecture),M.Plan. (Master of Planning),M.Com. (Master of Commerce),M.S. (Master of Surgery),M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy),M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration),M.Ed. (Master of Education),M.S. (Master of Science),M.Des. (Master of Design),M.C.A. (Master of Computer Applications),M.Optom. (Master of Optometry),M.P.H. (Master of Public Health),M.Voc. (Master of Vocation),M.H.R.D.M. (Master in Human Resources Development Management),M.Ch. (Master of Chirurgiae),M.Sc. (Master of Science),M.Text. (Master of Textile)
Africa,Europe,Oceania, Japan,United States

Scholarship Overview

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is one of the two programs offered under the World Bank Scholarship programs. It is a fully-funded scholarship program that invites applications from working professionals from developing countries to study master’s degree programs in development-related fields.

  • The program requires applicants to possess prior experience of volunteering for their countries’ development.
  • JWBGSP offers scholarships for 14 Partner programs and 200 preferred programs at universities in the U.S., Africa, Netherlands, France, and Japan.
  • Students must pursue a master’s degree in key areas of development that includes economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.
  • The deadline to complete JWBGSP applications was April 23, 2020. Committee will soon announce the result in the month of July.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program has helped to form a community of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and impacting future generations.


The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program encouraged applicants from developing countries to apply for the scholarship. The preferred and partner masters program can be undertaken at universities in USA, Africa, Japan, etc.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides the recipients with the following benefits:

  • Tuition fees
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 500 USD for travel allowance

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will NOT cover the following expenses:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Accommodation Expenses for scholar's family members
  • Extra-curricular courses or training
  • Language training will not be provided.
  • Additional travel expenses.
  • Resident permit fee
  • Expenses related to any kind of research work done.

The application process for the scholarship will start in March and end on April 23, 2020. For more updates, candidates are advised to visit the official website.



The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Be a national of a World Bank member 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. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline.

• 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 participating 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.

• 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.

How To Apply

To be considered for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship, you must first apply and be unconditionally accepted for admissions to at least one of the Participating Programs. In your application, YOU NEED TO UPLOAD AN UNCONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE from a participating master’s degree program. Appications are done online once the scholarship opens. There are 2 application windows depending on the participating program:

  • • Application Window#1
    From 17 January 2022 to 28 February 2022 at noon Washington time
    JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #1
  • • Application Window #2
    From 29 March 2022 to 27 May 2022 at noon Washington time
    JJWBGSP Participating Programs accepting applications under Window #2

It is important to visit the Application Guidelines official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.