Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (Window 2)

The JJ/WBGSP graduate scholarship is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their country’s development efforts who are applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related topic.

The World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) provides scholarships to students and young researchers, contributing to the World Bank’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world.

It is an important component of the World Bank’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through investing in education, capacity building, and developing human resources in the developing world. 

Since 1982, the DEC’s scholarship programmes have helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals and scholars, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.


The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period.
  • In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $600 travel allowance for each trip;
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). 


The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a national of an eligible World Bank member country.
  • Not be a dual citizen of any developed country
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least three years before the date of the Application Deadline.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • 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.
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Application Process

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Two professional recommendation letters, submitted online, from people who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional work experience.
  • One completed application form
  • unconditional (except for financing) Letter of Admission for the upcoming academic year to the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s program

To apply for Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (Window 2), click here

Deadline: May 24, 2024.

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