The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship (JJWBGSP) is a fully-funded scholarship for graduate students in development-related fields for mid-career professionals and researchers in developing countries and Japan. The JJWBGSP provides the opportunity for eligible citizens of developing countries and Japan to study in the US, Europe and Japan.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
The World Bank Graduate 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.
The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) is a fully-funded scholarship 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. Since 1987, JJWBGSP has enabled more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from developing countries and Japan to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields. On an annual basis, the Government of Japan solely funds the JJWBGSP.
The JJWBGSP are available under two programs; preferred university masters program and partner university masters program. These programmes cover a wide array of courses from various universities in the US, Europe and Japan.
WHAT DOES THE WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE?
The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) provides recipients with the following:
- Economy class air travel between from 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 necessary 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.
- All JJWBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.
The JJWBGSP scholarship does not cover:
- Visa application(s) costs
- Expenses to bring 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 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
To be eligible for the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, applicants must be:
- Applicants must be admitted to one of the available programs to qualify for this scholarship
- 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
- Citizens of a World Bank member developing country listed below
- Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
- In good health;
- Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least three years before the Application Deadline date;
- Have three 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
- Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, or staff of any 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.
ELIGIBLE COURSES FOR THE WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants interested in this scholarship must enrol in any of the preferred or partner institutions with an offer to study one of the available courses.
DEADLINE FOR THE WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
The deadline for applying for the JJWBGSP preferred program is 23 April 2020
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE JOINT JAPAN WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (JJWBGSP)
Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and a Partner Program differs:
To apply for a scholarship to attend a preferred program, applicants would use the application form available on the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program website. In contrast, those who wish to enroll for courses under the JJWBGSP partnership program must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s) to the respective University. After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a shortlist of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJWBGSP scholarship. Multiple applications for the JJWBGSP is not acceptable. If an applicant is accepted unconditionally (except for financing) to more than one JJWBGSP preferred master’s degree program, the applicant must decide before submitting his/her Scholarship Application which of the master degree he/she seeks JJWBGSP funding. If chosen for a JJWBGSP scholarship, the applicant will be unable to transfer the scholarship to another master degree program.
PROCEDURE FOR SELECTING THE WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The JJWBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, to identify 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:
- Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
- Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
- Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
- Quality of Education Background (10% weight)
The JJWBGSP 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 Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and World Bank 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.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
- Letter of Admission
- BSc Degree Certificate
- Two letters of Recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae