Regardless of the new wave of the younger generation of international students coming to Japan to pursue a Bachelor degree, Japan has always been generous amongst the upper bound of experienced, high-skilled Master enthusiasts. For those from developing countries who have already had real-life expertise with relevant professional working skills in the field of social-economic development in their countries and wanting to apply to a master degree program, The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is a must-grab opportunity to consider for your higher education pursue. The purpose of JJ/WBGSP is to encourage students to return to their home country after earning the degree to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.


Scholarship Benefit

Being rewarded JJWBGSP scholarship, students will be receiving tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

The scholarship application is offered to students who have been admitted to academic programs out of 200 Preferred Programs and 14 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Africa, and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. Schools such as Keio University, Meiji University, Nagasaki University, and many others are on the list for applicants to consider.


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates should be developing country nationals that satisfy the following condition:

  • 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 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 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. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • 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.

How to Apply

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, so you should consider taking a look at both programs and make the decisions to apply to either of them.

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. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Partner Master degrees offered.

Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Preferred Program scholarship must apply directly and be admitted unconditionally to one or more of the Preferred Program(s) before submitting a JJWBGSP scholarship through an open call typically announced within the first two months of a calendar year. The next call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to admitted Preferred Programs is scheduled to open in March 2019.

When the scholarship applications for the Preferred Program is open, the finalized list of preferred programs, the application guidelines, online application, and a finalized list of eligibility criteria will be available. The scholarship application must be completed online and include two professional references. It must also include an unconditional (except for secured funding) letter of admission from the preferred master’s degree program that the applicant wants JJWBGSP funding. Note that if the applicant is admitted to several master’s degree programs, he/she must choose at the time of submitting the scholarship application which program to attend with JJWBGSP funding.