Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Japan
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Selected Universities
  • Funded by: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: N/S
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 29th February and 24 May, 2024
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Scholarship Benefits

A JJWBGSP scholarship offers coverage for:

  • Tuition fees, a stipend for monthly living expenses, airfare for round trips, health insurance, and an allowance for travel.
  • The scholarship extends for the length of the graduate program or for two years, depending on which period is shorter.

Find full list of scholarships in Japan for international students here.


Eligibility for the JJ/WBGSP is restricted to nationals from specific developing nations who possess relevant professional experience and have contributed to their country’s development initiatives, and who are seeking admission to a master’s degree program focused on development-related issues.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of a World Bank member country that is included on the specified list;
  • Cannot possess dual citizenship from any developed nation;
  • From the opening date of the scholarship application period, applicants must not be a World Bank Group Executive Director, their alternate, or any staff member (regardless of the appointment type, including temporary and consultant roles) of the World Bank Group’s entities (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID), nor can they be a close family member of such persons, where “close family member” is defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew;
  • Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at least three years before the application submission deadline;
  • Should have at least three years of recent work experience in a development-related field following the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
  • Must currently be working in a paid, full-time position in development-related work at the time of application. Applicants should have a minimum of three years of paid employment in the development sector since obtaining a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, which must have been acquired within the last six years from the application deadline;
  • Before the deadline, applicants must have received unconditional admission (funding aside) for the forthcoming academic year to one of the JJ/WBGSP-participating master’s programmes located outside their country of citizenship and residence, as listed at the start of the scholarship application period. Admission letters must be uploaded before the application can be submitted.

How to apply

For JJ/WBGSP scholarship consideration, applicants must secure unconditional admission to one or more of the Participating Programs. 

For comprehensive application instructions, please consult the Application Guidelines on the official website.

Additional Information

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) welcomes applications from both male and female professionals hailing from developing nations who have relevant experience and a track record of contributing to the progress of their countries. Applicants must be seeking to enroll in a master’s degree program concentrating on a subject pertinent to development.

The JJ/WBGSP provides scholarships for a selection of 52 Participating Programs across higher education institutions located in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan.

Official Websites