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Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program at Keio University

Application Deadline: 11th April, 2019

Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Invitation: Applications are currently ongoing for the Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program for Students in Developing Countries. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

Study in Japan: 2018 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program at Keio University

Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Details and FAQs

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme – JJ/WBGSP calls for applications from developing country nationals and Japanese nationals for master degree programs starting this 2019/2020 academic year.

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.

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

When is the application deadline?

11th April, 2019

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


What is the category of this opportunity?


What are the selection criteria?

Eligible applications are assessed according to three main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study. Priority is given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to impact the development in their own countries after completion of their studies

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Details on How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship? Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • 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 When is 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 When is the 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.
  • 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.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship? 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.

How many scholarship awards are available?


Scholarship benefits:

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent. The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic program is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds.

The scholarship provides benefits for the recipient only, covering:

  • economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
  • a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.


The proposed program of study should start during the academic year 2018/2019 for a maximum duration of two years.

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

One of the preferred universities (see in Program Webpage Link below)

How to Apply for the Programme:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online application form available in  English, French, or Spanish.

It is very necessary to go through the instructions in ALL application documents before applying.

Program Webpage

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