2014 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship for Students from Developing Countries

Deadline: March 27, 2014

Applications are accepted from developing country nationals for master degree programs starting this 2014-15 academic year. JJ/WBGSP offers scholars from developing countries an opportunity to pursue abroad graduate studies and upon graduation, scholars return home to contribute to the development of their country.  This scholarship is available for studying only at a master program that has been granted preferred or partnership status.

Are you a mid-career professional from a developing country with a track record in supporting the development of your country applying to or accepted at one of our partner or preferred university masters programs? Then the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program could be for you!

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship is fully funded by the Government of Japan, and provides for the recipient only the following benefits:

  • economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and one return journey following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, you will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university. please note that all our partner and preferred masters programs are 2 years or less and the scholarship covers the duration of the program;
  • a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books. The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • expenses for the scholar’s family;
  • extra-curricular courses or training;
  • language training that is 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 that are not part of the curriculum of the graduate program; or
  • educational equipment such as computers.


To apply for the JJ/WBGSP scholarship,

  • You must be a developing country nationals working in the public sector, or in a development related job
  • You must have between 3 years and 20 years of full time, paid, work experience, with at least 3 recent years of work related to development of your country.
  • You must commit to returning home to your country on graduation in order to use your enhanced knowledge and skills towards your community’s, country’s or region’s development.
  • Those receiving a scholarship are barred from working at the World Bank Group for three years following graduation from the preferred masters program.

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