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The World Bank Scholarships Program contributes to the World Bank Group’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world. It is an important component of the Bank Group’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through investing in education and developing human resources in the developing world. Since 1982, the Program has helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (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. Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 30 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 10 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Europe and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

A JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance of $500.


  1. Asian Institute of Technology - Engineering and Master of Science (Energy & Extractives)

  2. Asian Institute of Technology - Water Engineering and Management

  3. Brandeis University - Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

  4. Brandeis University - Global Health Policy and Management

  5. Carinthia University - Mgt of Conservation Areas

  6. Cornell University - Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Development

  7. Erasmus University Rotterdam - Urban Management and Development

  8. IHE Delft Institute - Environmental Science and Technology

  9. IHE Delft Institute - Sanitation

  10. IHE Delft Institute - Water Management and Governance

  11. International Christian University - Public Economics

  12. John Hopkins - International Health,Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Concentration

  13. Keio University - Business and Commerce & Taxation Policy and Mgt

  14. Kobe Institute of Computing - Information Systems

  15. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Data, Economics, and Development Policy

  16. Meiji University - Public Policy

  17. Pennsylvania State University - Architectural Engineering

  18. SOAS University of London - International Finance and Development

  19. University for Peace - Peace Education

  20. University of Birmingham - Conflict, Statebuilding and Development

  21. University of British Columbia - International Forestry

  22. University of Hong Kong - Urban Design (MUD)

  23. University of Reading - Agriculture and Development

  24. University of Reading - Climate Change and Development

  25. University of Reading - Development Finance

  26. University of Tokyo - International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (Global Agricultural Sciences)

  27. University of Wisconsin-Madison - Educational Policy Studies

  28. University of Wollongong - Education (TESOL)

  29. Vrije Universiteit - Health Systems Policy and Management

  30. Yokohama National University Public Policy and Taxation


  • 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.

  • 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 located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens.


Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:

Scholarship to attend a preferred program: Guidance for this call for applications, including this call’s: (i) instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided in the Application GuidelinesFAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred Master Degrees currently offered.  Please read these documents before starting your application. Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, apply online, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to learn how access and navigate the online application.

Scholarship to attend a partner program: Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). Inquiries on how to submit an admission application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university. After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a short list of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship for one of the JJ/WBGSP Partner master degrees offered.


The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  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)

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