Are you a citizen of a developing country interested in getting a master’s degree in a development related topic? Then you should apply for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021/2022.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships for 48 Participating Programs at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management

Application Deadline: May 21, 2021


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Successful applicants get:

  • Tuition for graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). 

P.S: The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

  • Economy class air travel between his/her home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. 
  • A $500 travel allowance for each trip.


The opportunity is open to :

  • Nationals of a World Bank member developing country on this list

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • 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. 
  • On or before 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.
  • 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.

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Application Instructions

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About the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships to citizens of certain 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. 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.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline is May 21, 2021

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 scholarship programs will take place at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan.

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