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Scholarships and Funding

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships

Important Information for all Applicants

In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Scholarships are awarded to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank.

The mission of the World Bank Group is to reduce poverty and improve living standards through sustainable development and investment in people. The World Bank Institute (WBI) is at the forefront of the Bank's efforts to promote learning and deliver to the stakeholders, the best thinking and experience emerging from around the world on issues crucial to reform and socio-economic development.

The objective of the Scholarship and Fellowship Programs is to help create an international community of highly-trained professionals working in the field of economic and social development.

Eligibility Criteria

Please refer to the JJ/WBGSP Program website for full details of this scheme, including the eligibility requirements.

Benefits: Value and Duration

The JJ/WBGSP Scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a Master's degree or its equivalent. The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic programme is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds.

There is an absolute two-year maximum limit on JJ/WBGSP awards.

The scholarship provides:

  • economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study programme and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US$500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
  • a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

Application Procedure

Full details and application forms, please visit the JJ/WBGSP Program website.

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*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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