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Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program at Keio University



Application Deadline: 31st October 2017

Applications are currently ongoing for the Keio University Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for Masters Students in Developing Countries. Interested students should see the details below.

Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program at Keio University

Keio University Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Details and FAQs

Keio University, abbreviated as Keio or Keidai, is a Japanese private university located in Minato, Tokyo. It is known as the oldest institute of modern higher education in Japan. Founder Fukuzawa Yukichi originally established it as a school for Western studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo). It has eleven campuses in Tokyo and Kanagawa. It has ten faculties: Letters, Economics, Law, Business and Commerce, Medicine, Science and Technology, Policy Management, Environment and Information Studies, Nursing and Medical Care, and Pharmacy.

The university is one of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s thirteen “Global 30” Project universities. In the United States, Keio has a high school called “Keio Academy of New York”.

Since 1996, the Graduate School of Business and Commerce of Keio University has been training promising tax personnel in the field of tax policy and administration with its Master’s Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management. This program brings together the cooperation of Keio University, the National Tax Agency of Japan(NTA), and the World Bank in an alliance between public and private institutions.

Keio University, a leading private university in Japan, established the program as one of the partnership programs of the Joint Japan /World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). Funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank, the JJ/WBGSP is a personnel training project which awards scholarships to help developing countries strengthen their human resources.Participants are expected to return to their home countries to become leaders in improving taxation practices.

The Graduate School of Business and Commerce of Keio University and the National Tax Agency have responded to this mission of the JJ/WBGSP by training five scholars each year in the area of tax policy and management.

When is the application deadline?

24th October 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

World Bank (non-industrialised) Member countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Japan

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

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

  • Be a national of a Bank member country that is eligible to receive Bank financing and not be a national of any country that is not eligible to receive the Bank financing.
  • Not hold dual citizen of any developed country.
  • Be in good health with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the Graduate Program, as certified by a medical doctor.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic achievement earned at least three years prior to the Scholarship When is the application deadline?.
  • Not received any scholarship funding to earn a Graduate degree or its equivalent from any sources funded by the government of Japan.
  • Be employed in a paid and full time position at the time of the Scholarship When is the application deadline? unless the applicant is from a country identified in the World Bank’s “Harmonized List of Fragile Situations”.
  • Have, by the time of the Scholarship When is the application deadline?, at least three years of recent full time paid professional experience in the field of tax policy and administration after a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country; If the applicant’s Admission Information is from a country identified in the World Bank’s “Harmonized List of Fragile Situations” at the time of the Scholarship When is the application deadline?, the recent professional experience does not have to be full time or paid.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his / her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group(the World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), 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.
  • Admitted to the University unconditionally or conditionally only upon securing financing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language at the level of a TOEFL score of 550(PBT), 213(CBT) or 79 (iBT) or better, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
  • Meet any other criteria for admission established by Keio University.
  • Applicants must not be currently pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. program in industrialized countries.
  • Applicants must not have had one or more years of training / studies and / or residency in an industrialized country.
  • Applicants must not be permanent residents / nationals of industrialized countries.

How many scholarship awards are available?

5

What are the benefits of the award?

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 studyprogram and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way airtravel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
  • A monthly allowance of JPY 152,000 to cover living expenses, including books.

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;
  • 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.

What is the duration of the program?

Two years (April 2019 to March 2021)

How to Apply for the Programme

  • Application documents must be submitted by mail and must reach the Keio University 
  • Send the original copy of the application forms. Copies of the application will not be accepted.
  • Please make a copy of all the application documents for your records. The World Bank may ask you to submit the copy in the selection process by the World Bank.
  • Late applications and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Keio will not notify applicants of missing documents.
  • Applicants who have applied for a program offered by Keio and have passed the selection process by Keio will be asked to complete additional online application by the World Bank, which will make the final admission decision.

It is important to go through the Application Lists and Guidebook ASAP before applying.

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