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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: 26 May 2023

The JJ/WBGSP is open to citizens of certain developing countries (including ESWATINI) 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. Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 45 Participating Master’s Programs in 27 universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.


  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 scholarship provides the recipient with the following 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.

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


Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 45 Participating Master’s Programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2023:

1. Australian National University

2.Brandeis University (USA)

3. Columbia — School of International and Public Affairs (USA)

4. Erasmus University Rotterdam-IHS (Netherlands)

5. Harvard — Kennedy School of Government (USA)

6. IHE Delft Institute (Netherlands)

7. Keio University (Japan)

8. London School of Economics (UK)

9. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (Japan)

10. Saitama University (Japan)

11 SOAS University of London (UK)

12 Stanford University (USA)

13. Université Clermont-Auvergne – FERDI (France)

14. University of Leeds (UK)

15. University of Oxford (UK)

16. University of Sussex (UK)

17. University of Tokyo (Japan)

18. University of Tsukuba (Japan)

19. Yokohama National University (Japan)


  • 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. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline

  • 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 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, 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.

  • Individuals who have already been offered a previous JJWBGSP scholarship but declined it, or have received a previous JJWBGSP scholarship but did not graduate are not eligible to apply again.

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