11 April 2019.


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(Fully Funded)


The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

(JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men 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.

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JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 PartnerPrograms at universities in U.S., Africa and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. If you are not admitted to one of these programs you are not eligible for a JJWBGSP Scholarship.
After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to returning to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agriculture.
  • Environment and Natural Resources.
  • Sound Urban and  Rural  Resilience.
  • General Development.
  • Gender.
  • Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management.
  • Health, Nutrition, Population.
  • Climate Change.
  • Education.
  • Governance.
  • Social Protection and Labor.
  • Water.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Public Finance/Tax Policy.
  • Economic Policy Management.
  • Public Policy/Administration.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

 Differs according to the program.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing countries which are EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, JORDAN, LEBANON, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, SUDAN, LIBYA, YEMEN, SOMALIA, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, TURKEY, IRAN, COMOROS and other countries that are not from the Middle East or North Africa)
  • 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.  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 preferred university master’s programs and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications open. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application.
  • 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; *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.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • 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

How to Apply

First Step: You must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Masters Degree Program(s). Inquiries on how to submit an admissions application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university.

Second Step: Create an account on the scholarship website from here.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Sara Idris/ Egypt 

Reviewed by” Soueilem Mohamed Lemine / Mauritania
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team