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Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2023-2024

Applicants can now apply for the Fully Funded Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship Program 2023-2024. This is a fully funded opportunity for students from developing countries who want to study at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceana and Japan. The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is a fantastic fully funded opportunity for outstanding international students 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.

World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for Developing Countries is a fully funded scholarship program. This scholarship offers monthly stipend and covers tuition fee and travel and living expenses. Students from developing countries can pursue education in key development related programs like economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

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Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Details:

  • Organization: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Open For: All Nations are eligible to apply
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Country: United States, Europe, Japan
  • Scholarship: Fully Funded
  • Degree:  Masters Degree
  • Deadline: 20 April 2023

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JJWBGSP Scholarship Participating programs for 2023-2024

Following are the participating programs for the year 2022 to 2024,

Australian National University

  • Master of Climate Change
  • Master of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Master of Environmental Management and Development
  • Master of Public Policy

Brandeis University

  • Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development
  • Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
  • Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

  • MPA in Economic Policy Management
  • MPA in Development Practice
  • Master of Public Administration

Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • Master of Urban Management and Development

Harvard University — Kennedy School of Government

  • Master of Public Administration in International Development

IHE Delft Institute

  • MSc in Water and Sustainable Development

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Public Health

Keio University

  • Master in Taxation Policy and Management

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

  • Tax Course of the Public Finance Program

Saitama University

  • International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering

SOAS University of London

  • MSc International Finance and Development

Stanford University

  • Master in International Policy

University of Birmingham

  • MSc Conflict, State Building and Development

University of California-Berkeley

  • Master of Development Practice

Université Clermont-Auvergne — FERDI

  • Master in Economic Policy Management

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Université Félix Houphouët Boigny

  • Economic Policy Management Program (GPE)

University of Hong Kong

  • Master of Urban Design (MUD)

University of Leeds

  • Master of Public Health (International)

University of Oxford

  • Department of International Development: MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies
  • Blavatnik School of Government: Master of Public Policy

University of Sussex

  • MA Environment, Development and Policy
  • MA Food and Development
  • MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
  • MA Migration and Global Development

University of Tokyo

  • Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP): Master of Public Policy, International Program
  • Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science: International Program on Agricultural Development Studies

University of Tsukuba

  • Master’s Program in Economic and Public Policy

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Educational Policy Studies

Vrije Universiteit-KIT

  • Health Systems Policy and Management

Williams College

  • Master of Art in Policy Economics

Yokohama National University

  • Infrastructure Management Program

 JJWBGSP Scholarship Participating Programs for Window 1

Columbia — School of International and Public Affairs

  • MPA in Economic Policy Management

Johns Hopkins

  • Master of Public Health

University of Birmingham

  • MSc Conflict, State Building and Development

University of Hong Kong

  • Master of Urban Design (MUD)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Educational Policy Studies

Vrije Universiteit — KIT

  • Health Systems Policy and Management

Scholarship 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 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.


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:

  • Applicant must be from World Bank developing country list.
  • Applicant does not hold dual citizenship of any developed country
  • Applicant must be healthy.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date
  • Applicant have 3 years or more recent development related work experience after completing bachelors.
  • 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 Participating Programs for current windows 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 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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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.

Eligible Countries

Following are the eligible countries whose residents can apply for this scholarship,

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

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The Last Date to apply for the Fully Funded Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for current window is 20 April 2023.

How To Apply

Candidates can apply for online application form for developing countries from the link below,

Online Application Form

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. 

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