2023-25 JJ/WBGSP

Joint Japan and World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) are offering scholarships to all Japanese and members of developing counties who want to further their academics abroad. The 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP is a fully funded scholarship open to all eligible master’s degree candidates.

If you are in any of these is a very great opportunity to study in some of the most prestigious universities in the world with little or no expenditures.

This blog is going to lead to through all the necessary procedures that you need to get this scholarship. Continue reading to the end and follow all the due processes.

Opportunity Detail

Gender: Male, Female

Level: Master

Eligible Region/Countries: Developing Countries and Japan

Medium of Instruction: English

Field of study: Several

Opportunity ID: 68932

Funding Type: Fully Funded

Duration: 2 Years

Opportunity Description

Applications for Joint Japan and World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) are now available to international applicants. Candidates for the JJ/WBGSP who are citizens of certain developing nations and have a history of helping the development of those nations may apply. The candidates must submit an application to a master’s program in a field related to development in order to be considered.

45 master’s program scholarships are available through JJ/WBGSP at 27 universities in Europe, the United States, Africa, Japan, and Oceania. The recipients of these scholarships may pursue studies in development-related subjects, such as infrastructure management, economic policy management, and tax policy, according to financing availability. No one may apply for the JJ/WBGSP in 2023 if they have not already gotten an admissions letter from one of the participating master’s programs.

Since 1987, the World Bank Group (WBG) has offered scholarship programs in collaboration with the Japanese government to help students from underdeveloped nations complete their graduate degrees abroad.

Important Details about the 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP

First Round of Application: January 16 – February 28, 2023

Second Round of Application: March 27 – May 26, 2023, at noon Washington Time

Awarding Organization: World Bank Group and the Government of Japan

Eligible Country: Developing Countries and Japan

Funding Type: Fully-funded

Number of Scholarship: 45

Gender: Male/Female

Duration: 2-Years

Locations: Europe, U.S., Africa, Japan, and Oceania

Benefits of 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP

Successful applicants will benefit from the JJ/WBGSP as follows:

  • A travel cost of round-trip economy class;
  • Allowance of US $500 for each trip;
  • A full tuition fee for the student;
  • Basic health insurance;
  • Monthly stipend for accommodations, food, books, etcetera.

The following costs are the responsibility of the students:

  • Visa application costs;
  • Expenses of a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular training or courses;
  • Course costs that do not meet the minimum credits;
  • Language training which is not part of the graduate program;
  • Additional travel throughout the program course;
  • Research, field trips, supplementary educational materials, participation in seminars or workshops, or internships;
  • Educational equipment like computers;
  • Resident permit fee

NOTE: The allowance amount varies depending on the host country.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply to 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP:

  • Be from a World Bank member developing country;
  • Do not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be mentally and physically healthy;
  • Have a university degree at least three years before the application deadline;
  • Have paid working experience of at least three years;
  • Be currently working in development-related work full-time paid position. The exception is with the nationals of a country conflict states and fragile;
  • Have applied and got an unconditional offer from a minimum of JJ/WBGSP preferred university master programs foreign applicants’ home country or the country of residence;
  • Not be World Bank employees and staff or family members of World Bank staff;
  • After completing the program, the applicant should return to their home country.

2023-25 JJ/WBGSP Study Programs and Universities

The below universities are providing the following study programs for both rounds of the Scholarship as follows:

JJ/WBGSP Application Round One

  1. Johns Hopkins: Master of Public Health
  2. Birmingham University: MSc Conflict, State Building, and Development
  3. University of California-Berkeley: Master of Development Practice
  4. Hong Kong University: Master of Urban Design (MUD)
  5. University of Wisconsin-Madison: Educational Policy Studies
  6. Vrije Universiteit – KIT: Health Systems Policy and Management

JJ/WBGSP Application Round Two (All Master Degree)

Australian National University

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Environmental Management and Development
  • Public Policy

Brandeis University

  • Arts in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Health Policy and Management

Columbia School of International and Public Affairs

  • MPA in Development Practice
  • Public Administration

Erasmus University Rotterdam-IHS

  • Urban Management and Development

Harvard — Kennedy School of Government

  • Public Administration in International Development

IHE Delft Institute

  • Water, Food and Energy (MSc)
  • Climate and Water Hazards and Risks (MSc)
  • Health and Water (MSc)
  • Ecosystem Health and Water Resources (MSc)

Keio University

  • Taxation Policy and Management

London School of Economics

  • Development Management (MSc)
  • (MSc) Development Studies
  • Global Health Policy (MSc)
  • International Social and Public Policy (MSc)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

  • Tax Course of the Public Finance Program

Saitama University

  • International Graduate Program on Environmental and Civil Engineering

SOAS University of London

  • (MSc) International Finance and Development

Stanford University

  • International Policy

Université Clermont-Auvergne – FERDI

  • Economic Policy Management

University of Leeds

  • Public Health (International)

Oxford University

  • Government Blavatnik School: Master of Public Policy
  • Department of International Development: MSc in Forced Migration and Refugees Studies

Sussex University

  • Environment (MA) Development, and Policy
  • Food and Development (MA)
  • Climate Change, Development, and Policy (MSc)
  • Migration and Global Development (MA)

Tokyo University

  • Public Policy and International Degree Program
  • School of Agriculture and Life Science: International Degree Program on Development Studies and Agricultural

Tsukuba University

  • Economic and Public Policy

Yokohama National University

  • Infrastructure Management Program

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will evaluate the applications against the following criteria:

  • Professional experience quality (30 %)
  • Professional recommendations (30 %)
  • Commitment to their home country (30 %)
  • Education background Quality (10%)
Required Documents for 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP

Applicants should prepare and provide the following documents:

  • Online Application Form
  • Two recommendation letters from people who are familiar with the applicant’s professional work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma and transcripts
  • Proof employment
  • CV/ Curriculum Vitae
  • Unconditional Letter of Admission
How to Apply?

For a successful application, all candidates must read the requirements and eligibility criteria and then follow the instructions:

  • First, apply to one or more of the JJWBGSP programs;
  • Prepare required documents;
  • Applicants of the 2023-25 JJ/WBGSP partner program scholarship must apply to one or more of the Partner programs;
  • Submit their application to the university;
  • After the application review, the partner master program shortlists eligible candidates and invites them to apply for the Scholarship;
  • Applicants of the preferred program can apply directly to the program.

Apply for Round One

Apply for Round Two

Please visit the World Bank’s official website for further details about the program.



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