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The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) – For Indegenes


The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men Japanese nationals who are mid-career professionals whose work is dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries.  After earning their degree, Japanese national scholars are expected to advance their professional career with a keen focus on the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries.

The JJ/WBGSP Japanese Nationals Program provides scholarships for no more than a two-year duration to a limited number of Japanese mid-career professionals who have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in development-related master’s or PhD graduate program outside of Japan.

Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to seek admissions in institutions participating in our Preferred (.xlsx 49 KB) and Partnership (.xlsx 15 KB) Programs. Please note MBAs, LLMs and graduate degrees on international diplomacy / international relations are not accepted areas of study.

These scholarships provide tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.

The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship is scheduled to open January 25, 2017.

What can an applicant do before the call?

  • Read information posted on this website, review eligibility criteria carefully
  • If not already admitted, apply to a master degree program focused on development
  • Begin gathering required documentation for the scholarship application, including: your current curriculum vitae (C.V.), proof of employment for each record of employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree, certified copy of the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned
  • Identify two professional recommenders and two academic recommenders

Please note that application guidelines that provide detailed application instructions will be posted on this website during the open call.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants Must:

  • Be a Japanese national;
  • Be under the age of 45 on the Application Deadline date;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent university degree) earned at least three years prior to the Application Deadline;
  • Be in good health;
  • Have at least 3 years of full-time paid development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline;
  • Not employed by the Government of Japan or its related agencies, including local governments and the Central Bank at the time of application;
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments 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;
  • Have not received any scholarship funds from the Government of Japan to help finance a graduate degree;
  • Be accepted or currently enrolled into a graduate program focused on poverty alleviation and shared prosperity in developing countries.

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.

View a description of the JJ/WBGSP Japanese National Program Benefits HERE.

What is the Selection Process?

For those applicants who meet all eligibility requirements, the following process and criteria are used to review completed applications, with the aim of identifying the candidates most likely to contribute to the alleviation of poverty and shared prosperity in developing countries after completing their graduate studies.

Step 1: Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account three main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  1. Quality of Academic Experience and Recommendations (20% weight)
  2. Quality of Professional Experience and Recommendations (40% weight)
  3. Quality of the Completed Application Form (40% weight)

Note: The relatively lower weight for academic excellence is because the eligibility criteria of admission to a graduate program pre-screens for academic excellence.

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two reviewers to identify the list of semi-finalists.

Upon request, semi-finalists for a scholarship who are not already enrolled in a graduate program will be required to email to the JJWBGSP Secretariat a letter of acceptance to a graduate program noted on the scholarship application that is either unconditional, or conditional only upon the securing of financing.

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two reviewers and the following other criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender taking into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, appear to have limited financial resources

The finalists are presented to the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for final review and selection of the winners of the award. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners in July.

How to Apply?

The application must be completed online during the period a call for applications is opened. Once the application form is submitted online, the applicant will receive within 2 business days an email from the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat informing the applicant of his/her application identification number.

The application number is needed to complete and submit by posted mail to the JJWBGSP Secretariat the package of required documentation, which includes: your current curriculum vitae (C.V.), proof of employment for each record of employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree, certified copy of the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned, and recommendations from two professionals and two professors, using the recommendation form that will be provided to you along with the application guidelines.

The deadline for applications for the 2017-19 JISP award is 01/31/2017

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