Scholarship Overview

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) represents a pivotal opportunity for international students from developing countries to pursue master's degrees in various fields related to development. This fully funded scholarship program is designed to equip scholars with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the economic and social growth of their countries. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, accommodation, economy class air travel, and a monthly living stipend for the duration of the study program.

Host Institution(s)

The JJ/WBGSP collaborates with a global network of universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan. These participating institutions are recognized for their outstanding academic programs and their contributions to development studies, economic policy management, tax policy, infrastructure management, and more.


This scholarship is available for master's level studies across a wide range of development-related fields. Key areas of focus include economic policy management, tax policy, infrastructure management, social sciences, and humanities, among others. The program supports studies that align with the World Bank’s objectives to enhance development efforts in participating scholars' home countries.

Scholarship Value

The JJ/WBGSP offers a comprehensive scholarship package valued at $70,000 per year for two years. This package includes full tuition coverage, accommodation expenses, economy class air travel to and from the host university at the beginning and end of the study program, a monthly living stipend, and a US $500 travel allowance for each trip. The scholarship aims to cover all essential costs for the duration of the scholar's graduate program.


Eligibility for the JJ/WBGSP is defined by several criteria:

  • Applicants must be nationals of a World Bank member developing country and not possess dual citizenship of any developed country.
  • Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree earned at least three years prior to the application deadline and have at least three years of development-related work experience post-graduation.
  • Applicants must be in good health, employed in a development-related field at the time of applying, and have received an unconditional admission offer from one of the participating programs outside their country of citizenship and residence.

Application Instructions

Prospective scholars must undertake the following steps to apply for the JJ/WBGSP:

  1. Apply for Admission: Secure admission to one or more of the participating master's degree programs. This step is crucial as applicants must be admitted to a partner program before applying for the scholarship.

  2. Scholarship Application: Create an account on the JJ/WBGSP website and complete the scholarship application form. This process involves providing detailed information about your academic background, work experience, and development goals.

  3. Submit Required Documents: Along with the scholarship application, candidates must submit proof of admission, academic transcripts, a CV, and any other documents specified by the program.

  4. Application Deadlines: There are two application windows, with deadlines on February 29 and May 24, 2024, for the respective windows. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure their application is considered.