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Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2016

Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2016

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue one of the preferred and partner masters programs at participating Universities around the world
Institutions/Programs of study: Preferred master’s programs and Partner master’s programs associated with this scholarship


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Scholarship Value

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) scholarship is fully funded by the Govt. of Japan and provides for the recipient only the following benefits:
a) 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, developing country national scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
b) Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university. Please note all JJ/WBGSP partner and preferred masters programs are 2 years or less and the scholarship covers the duration of the program
(See the complete list of benefits at this link)

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:
Be citizen of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow;
Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
Be under the age of 45 on the Application Deadline date;
Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to application deadline;
Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
Not be a staff member (which includes consultants) or relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group;
Be in good health;
Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of JJWBGSP preferred master programs;

Selection Criteria

Eligible applications are assessed according to three main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study
To the extent permitted by Program requirements and selection standards, the JJ/WBGSP: seeks to maintain a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards and gives priority to applicants from low-income countries; supports promising female candidates
Priority is given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to affect the development in their own countries after completion of their studies

How to Apply

For scholarships to one of the preferred master’s programs, you need to apply to the university to be accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship. The deadline for JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for the academic year 2016-17 is 10th March 2016, 12 noon EST
For scholarships to one of the partner master’s programs, please first apply to at least one of the partner university master’s programs. The university will send the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat a short list of eligible candidates who have been accepted by the partner program, and the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee will award scholarships to a subset of the short-listed applicants
It is important to read the Application Guidelines and visit the official website www.worldbank.org

Important Dates

The JJ/WBGSP call for applications from developing country nationals and Japanese nationals for master degree programs starting 2016-17 academic years will open on 10th February 2016
Completed applications, including the application form and two professional references, must be submitted online before 10th March 2016 (12 Noon EST)
The scholarship nomination will be announced by the end of April 2016

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS)

WASEDA University, Nishi-Waseda Building 7F, 1-21-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 169-0051, Japan, Website www.worldbank.org