2020 Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.

The joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship program is accepting applications for it’s Scholarship program for men and women of Developing programs.

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The World Bank Scholarship Program has modified the list of universities and master degree programs for which JJWBGSP funding is available in 2020. The call for applications for preferred master degree program scholarships is now open through the application deadline of April 31, 2020. Learn more about how to apply for JJWBGSP scholarship for Developing Country Nationals and for Japan Nationals.

These program is for those applicants seeking master degrees .


  1. First be a citizen of Japan
  2. Have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least three years before the date of the Application Deadline.
  3. On or after the date the JJWBGSP scholarship application process opens, not be employed by the Government of Japan or its related agencies, including JICA, local governments and the Central Bank.
  4. Must have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment acquired since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline. 
  5. All applicant at the time of the application submission, be either admitted unconditionally (except for financing) or currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program outside of Japan in an area of study related to development or be currently employed full-time in development-related work pertaining directly to developing countries.

How to Apply

The call for scholarship applications from Japanese nationals is now opened from until the deadline of April 23, 20209. Guidance for this call for application, including details on how to apply, eligibility criteria, selection process and benefits are provided in the Application Guidelines and FAQs. Please read these documents before starting your application.

Once you are familiar with the application requirement and process, click HERE  to apply, and refer to “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to navigate step-by-step the online application.

Selection Process

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from Japan nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact international development.

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 and Recommendations (40% weight)
  2. Quality of Completed Application Form (40% weight)
  3. Quality of Education Background and Academic Recommendation (20% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender;
  • 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 to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are by mid-July, after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval. 

Scholarship Benefits

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

  • If the scholar is not already attending the graduate program, the scholarship will fund one economy class air travel from his/her home country to the host university at the start of graduate degree program and a USD500 travel allowance.
  • If at the end of the scholarship period the scholar has completed all requirements to earn the graduate degree, the scholarship will fund one economy class air travel from the host university to Japan or a developing country where the scholar has secured employment and a USD500 travel allowance.
  • For the duration of the scholarship period, tuition for his/her graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance that can be 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.

Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/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 course of 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.

Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.

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