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JJ/WBGSP Scholarship: Joint Japan & World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The well-known JJ/WBGSP scholarship gives annual awards to cover the full cost of study for obtaining a master’s degree or the equivalent of a master’s degree. The award can be given for 1 year. However, as the academic program is normally longer than 1 academic year, it is possible to renew the scholarship award or its certain part, depending on the student’s academic performance in the first year of study as well as on the student’s financial situation. Also, JJ/WBGSP awards have an absolute 2-year minimum.

Scholarship Costs

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the following benefits that cover:

  • Return ticket for economy class air travel (that is the flight from the home country and the country of the host university (Japan), plus the flight from Japan back to the home country after finishing the whole term of study officially).
  • Also, an awardee receives a travel allowance for each trip equal to US$500.
  • The cost of tuition as well as basic medical and accident insurance can be received through the university.
  • The program provides a subsistence allowance monthly that covers basic living expenses, including study materials.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not include:

  • expenses for an awardee’s family;
  • the Japanese language courses;
  • extracurricular training or courses;
  • awardee’s additional travel costs during the main course of the program;
  • awardee’s additional expenses that can be related to any kind of research, field trips, any supplementary educational materials that are not provided by the host university;
  • participation in internships, seminars and workshops that are not arranged by the host university;
  • any kind of supplementary educational equipment.

Some Other Details

  • The award is valid for the first academic year following the vey offer of scholarship award. For any reason it cannot be cannot be deferred.
  • The sum of scholarship varies depending upon the country of the host university and the charged tuition.
  • The scholarship supplements but under no conditions duplicates any other possible source of financial support and/or fellowship that the awardee might have. If the applicant has any other sources of scholarship funds, he or she must inform the Committee beforehand. The JJ/WBGSP has the right to withdraw the award partially or fully if during the study period there is evidence of additional financial support.


  • Be born not earlier than March 31st, 1973.
  • By March 31st, 2013, have the minimum of 2 (though preferably 4-5) years of recent full-time work experience gained after obtaining a degree at the university of either the applicant’s home country or any other underdeveloped country.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have good health.
  • Be a decent citizen.
  • Not be either a national or a permanent resident of a developed country (residence in a developed country must be less than 1 calendar year).
  • Not take up the post of an Executive Director or Deputy Director, staff member of the World Bank Group (including the World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency), or any that can relate to the abovementioned.

Selection Principles

All eligible applications are assessed basing on the three factors:

  1. academic excellence;
  2. professional experience;
  3. relevance of program of study.

Priority is usually given to applicants from the public sector, who possess a perspective on impacting the development in their home countries after completing the degree. According to the Program requirements and the standards of selecting applicants, the JJ/WBGSP:

  • strives to maintain a reasonably wide geographical awarding, giving priority to applicants from developing countries;
  • tends to supports excellent female applicants;
  • gives priority to the applicants whose limited financial resources are limited, under the condition that the other facets are equal.

More Conditions

Accepting the JJ/WBGSP scholarship award, applicants are obliged to return to their home countries and get employed after completing their programs.

Applicants agree with the JJ/WBGSP employment restriction policy and accept that they cannot work at the International Monetary Fund or World Bank Group for 3 years after completing their program.

Master Degree

Please pay attention that the scholarship program does not provide undergraduate or distance learning programs, nor any other short-term trainings, thesis writing, research projects, seminars, conferences, and spheres of study that are not related to development. Requests for them will not be accepted.

Field of Study

  • A program of study must refer to any development-related discipline: education, health, economics, agriculture, environment or natural resource management, etc.
  • The program of study should be proposed by the applicant and start within the 2013/2014 academic year with a maximum of 2 years of study duration. The JJ/WBGSP scholarship will not support applicants who are now enrolled in any graduate degree program.
  • Applicants should verify evidence of the present opportunity of unconditional admission to at least one university program for a master’s degree that refers to any development-related discipline.
  • The JJ/WBGSP Program does not finance home country studies.
  • The JJ/WBGSP Program does not finance applicants for such degrees as MBA, MDs, M.Phil. or Ph.D.
  • The JJ/WBGSP Program does not finance legal studies (among them J.D., L.L.M. or S.J.D.), excluding L.L.M. if related to environment, human rights or good governance.

Country of Origin

An applicant should be a citizen of a World Bank member country.

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