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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2023

Applications are now open for the 2023-2025 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). 

The program began in 1987, and since then, it has benefited more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from 160 developing countries, including Japan, to complete their graduate studies in development-related fields.

Program Benefits and Coverage

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program scholarship offers recipients:

  • Economy class air travel to and from the host university
  • $500 travel allowance for each trip
  • Tuition fees for the graduate program
  • Basic health insurance through the university
  • Monthly living allowance on campus

Eligibility for Applicants

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a national of a developing country that is a member of the World Bank
  • He does not have dual citizenship from any developed country
  • Be in good health
  • Have a bachelor’s degree obtained at least three years before the application deadline.
  • Have three years or more of recent work experience related to the development
  • Be employed full-time in a paid development-related position at the time of application
  • Be unconditionally admitted to one of the participating JJ / WBGSP master’s programs

JJ/WBGSP Selection Process

The selection process takes into account four main factors:

  • Quality of professional experience (30% weight)
  • Quality of professional recommendations (weight 30%)
  • Commitment to your home country (30% weight)
  • Quality of education (weight 10%)

Application Process and Participating Programs

The JJ/WBGSP online application form link is communicated only to shortlisted applicants by JJ/WBGSP Participant Programs. You can contact the Participant Program you are targeting directly.


The application deadline is May 26, 2023. For more information about the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program and participating programs, please visit the JJ/WBGSP website.


Are you interested in the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program? Well, we hope this guide has proved helpful to you.

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