The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019-2020 is available to men and women from developing countries to apply. This is one of the biggest avenues which the Government of Japan and the World Bank uses to discharge their social responsibilities.
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The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries. However, you need to have relevant professional experience and a history of supporting developing countries’ development efforts as well as be applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.
About the Scholarship
The Joint Japan/world bank graduate scholarship program offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs, spanning a wide array of development topics. It also offers scholarships for 14 Partner Programs at universities in the U.S., Africa, and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.
JJWBGSP scholarships for developing country nationals are not available for any other master degree program asides the ones above.
The joint Japan/world bank graduate scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Before you proceed to apply for this Japan World Bank scholarship;
1. Read and review the eligibility criteria information we will provide you in this post
2. Apply to one or more of the JJWBGSP preferred and partnership master degree programs
3. Begin gathering the 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, and a certified copy of the certificate of your most advanced university degree earned
4. Identify two professional recommenders.
The Joint Japan/World Bank graduate scholarship program offers up to 5 scholarships awards for the 2019 academic year to 2020 academic year.
Developing Country nationals applying for the Joint Japan World Bank scholarships must:
- Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
- Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
- Be in good health;
- Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
- Have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
- Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JJWBGSP Preferred or Partner masters degree Programs;
- 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.
Easiest Ways to Apply for the Scholarship
Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:
Partner Program Scholarship Application
Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship 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.
After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a shortlist of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the joint Japan/world bank graduate scholarship program Secretariat to apply for a joint Japan/world bank graduate scholarship program.
Preferred Program Scholarship Application
Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Preferred Program scholarship must, in parallel, apply for admissions to one or more of the Preferred Program(s). After that, they can then apply for a JJWBGSP scholarship through an open call typically announced within the first two months of a calendar year.
When the scholarship applications for the Preferred Program is open, we will share with you here the finalized list of preferred programs, the application guidelines, online application, and a finalized list of eligibility criteria.
However, you must complete the scholarship application online and include two professional references. The application must also include an unconditional (except for secured funding) letter of admission from the preferred master’s degree program that you need JJWBGSP’s funding.
Note, also, that if you gain admission to several master’s degree programs, you must choose at the time of submitting the scholarship application which program you wish to attend with JJWBGSP funding.
The World Bank scholarship board has requested the preferred master’s degree programs to issue all letters of admission prior to the closing deadline for the JJWBGSP scholarship application. Any documents an applicant provides by email, post or any means other than the online application form will not be reviewed.
JJ/WBGSP 2019-2020 Requirements
With the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries, the JJ/WBGSP uses the process below to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals.
Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them.
These factors are:
- Professional Experience Quality (30% weight)
- Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
- Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
- Education Background Quality (10% weight)
JJ/WBGSP awards scholarships to applicants who have had at least 3 years of full-time paid employment in their home country or in other developing countries. Applicants must acquire this experience after receiving the first Bachelors (or equivalent university) degree within the past 6 years. They must also be employed in a paid full-time position at the time of application.
The only exception to this criteria is for developing country nationals from a country on the list of Fragile and Conflict States noted in the Application Guidelines which will be posted during the call for applications. In these exceptional cases, the World Bank does take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries recently or currently in conflict.
The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two reviewers and the following criteria to select the finalists:
- Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards, that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications;
- Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes 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
- Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application.
Once all documentation is received, finalists for the preferred program scholarship are presented to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee. This committee is composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management, and they are in charge of the final review and selection for a scholarship. The Secretariat then informs the scholarship winners in July.
Furthermore, finalists for partnership scholarship are presented to the World Bank’s Executive Director for Japan for approval on a rolling basis, matching the JJWBGSP Partner university’s admission cycle. The Secretariat then informs the scholarship winners to a partner master degree program soon after approval.
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship 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, you will also receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
- Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
- A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books. However, the amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.
However, the JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:
- VISA application(s) costs
- Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
- Extra-curricular courses or training;
- 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.
Applicants must know that…
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement and does not duplicate any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform the JJ/WBGSP if you have other sources of scholarship funds. The JJ/WBGSP stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the Program has evidence of additional sources of support.
ATTENTION: The 2019 JJWBGSP call for application to Preferred Programs is closed at this time and successful applicants have been notified. However, you can check back this scholarship here early next year, as we routinely update this page. Learn more about how to apply for JJWBGSP scholarship for Developing Country Nationals and for Japan Nationals.
For more information on this scholarship, visit the JJWBGSP website by tapping the button below.
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