Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2023 | Fully Funded

There’s good news! The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is presently accepting applications. Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 45 participating master’s programs at 27 universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

We will go through the details of this scholarship program, its perks, and the application process step by step in this article. A fully funded master’s scholarship for international students is available under the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2023. The complete tuition fee, housing, economy-class air travel, and monthly living stipend will be covered by the JJ/WBGSP scholarship.

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The WBGSP is open to women and men from poor countries who are applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related field and have relevant professional experience and a history of contributing to their countries’ development efforts.

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Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships for more than 200 preferred programs covering a wide range of development topics, as well as 14 partner programs in key development areas such as economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management at universities in the United States, Africa, and Japan. If you are not accepted into one of these programs, you are not eligible for a JJWBGSP scholarship. After graduation, students from developing countries are determined to return home to employ their new skills and contribute to their countries’ cultural and economic development.

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  • Study Level: Masters
  • Institution: Newcastle University
  • Study in: U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan
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  • Program Period: 2 years
  • Deadline:
Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship
Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship

Please note that special application procedures will need to be followed for 3 Participating Programs in 2023.

The link to the online Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Application Form is only communicated by JJWBGSP Participating Programs to the applicants they have shortlisted. Please contact directly the Participating Program you are targeting.

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.

A Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and a travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits below.

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The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note that all scholarships under the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

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The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • 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.
  • Resident permit fee

Note: The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program may only supplement and not duplicate any other source of financial support or fellowship you might have. If you are notified that you are a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.


To be eligible for The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program – JJWBGSP, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Languages: English
  • Eligible Countries: citizens of certain developing countries.
  • Details on Eligibility 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 on this list;
  • 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. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline. Please see FAQs—Window 1 on how to count qualified part time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.
  • On or before the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating 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.

Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility 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.

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How to Apply?

Please follow the following steps to avail yourself of this Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program:

  • You must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Masters Degree Program(s). Inquiries on how to submit an admissions application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university.
  • Create an account on the scholarship website.


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