The Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship 2025 (Fully Funded)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is now accepting applications. An overseas student can study a full-time master’s degree program under this fully supported scholarship program, which is funded by the World Bank Group and Japan. This program will pay for all of the costs.

Scholarships for young researchers and students are provided by the World Bank’s Vice Presidency for Development Economics (DEC), which supports the organization’s objective of establishing innovative, cutting-edge methods for knowledge exchange and capacity building in developing nations.

Since 1982, DEC’s scholarship programs have helped generate a pool of more than 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals and academics, improving their nations and positively impacting future generations.

Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 26 programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship.

To accommodate the academic calendar of the JJWBGSP Participating Programs, the next application process will be organized in two rounds:

  • Application Window#1: From January 16 to February 28, 2024, at noon Washington time.
  • Application Window #2: From March 27 to May 26, 2024, at noon Washington time.

World Bank Scholarships Program 2025

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Eligibility Criteria

Details on eligibility criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years before the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;

Financial Coverage

  • 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, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance is provided to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance provided varies depending on the host country.
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How To Apply For World Bank Scholarships

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, to identify the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, and to impact the development of their countries.

The scholarship application process is online.

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