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

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

In order to contribute to the World bank mission of formulating new active ways to capacity development and knowledge sharing among developing countries, the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) provides scholarships to young talented students and researchers.

It is an important strategy by the World Bank to improve economic development by investing in education, capacity building, and developing human resources in developing countries.

So far from 1982, the DEC program has produced over 6000 certified scholars and professionals who are actively transforming their countries positively and impacting future generations.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is limited to about 86 developing countries around the world of which most are African. This opportunity is opened to exceptional students with relevant professionals experience, leadership skills, and evidence or history of supporting their home country’s development for those who are applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related topic.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) provides tuition all through the program, monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance for any selected candidate.

With the purpose of contributing to their home country’s economic and social development, The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) offers scholarships for 48 Participating Programs at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in major sectors relating to the development, which includes economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

Eligible Developing Countries for The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwandan, Samoa, Sao Tome, and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, RB, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) Benefits

  • This program provides selected students with economy class air travel between/her home country and the host university at the start of/her study program and at the end of the scholarship program. In addition to this, scholars will also receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip.
  • Scholars will receive full tuition all through the graduate program. Scholars will also be given access to medical treatments through the basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • During the scholarship period while on campus, students would be paid a monthly allowance to cover all living expenses which includes accommodation fee, feeding fee, books, etc. The amount to be paid for all expenses varies from the host country.

 Application Opens: The 2022 application has recently closed. 2023 Application opens back in January.

For more information on this scholarship program, list of eligibility criteria, the list of participating programs, selection process, and how to apply, visit the scholarship website on

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