The Japan World Bank Scholarships (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related topic.  

Japan World Bank Scholarships (JJ/WBGSP)

Subject to available funding, JJ/WBGSP offers scholarships for 52 Participating Master’s Programs in 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.

Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 52 Participating Master’s Programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJ/WBGSP Scholarship in 2024.

The link to the JJ/WBGSP application form will only be communicated to candidates shortlisted as eligible JJ/WBGSP applicants by participating universities. Potential candidates are invited to reach out to the university offering the JJ/WBGSP participating master program they are targeting to find out if they meet this requirement.

To accommodate the academic calendar of JJ/WBGSP Participating Programs, the next application process will be organized in two rounds:

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.

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Eligibility To Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships

  • 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
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. 
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Eligibility Countries

To be eligible for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship, the applicant must be a citizen of one or more of the countries listed below:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iran, Islamic Rep.
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Republic of
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 Eligibility Criteria For JJ/WBGSP

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member country listed in Annex 1 of theseGuidelines.
  • Not be a dual citizen of any developed country.
  • On or after the date of the call for scholarship applications opens, not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment (including temporary and consultant) of the World Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes); or not be 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.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least three years before the date of the Application Deadline.
  •  Be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. Have at least three years of paid developmentrelated employment since earning a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline. 
  • Please  see FAQs on how to count qualified part-time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 for a suggested list of development-related topics.
  •  Nationals from a fragile and/or conflict-affected country are also requested to uploadproofs of their successive employments but we do take into consideration the limited  employment opportunities in FCS countries listed in Annex 3.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, have been admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP Participating Programs and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.
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Submit One Online Application: An application will be accepted and reviewed if the applicant submits only one completed application electronically through the online 

application site by the Application Deadline: February 29, 2024 

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