Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program – 2024/25

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Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program – 2024/25 | Master Programs| Japan | World Bank

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program aims to support students applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related area from developing countries (a list of developing countries is given below) with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their country’s development. Scholarship Program offers 52 participating master’s programs in 27 different universities in the USA, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in the areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program has enabled over 6,000 mid-career professionals from 160 developing countries and Japan to complete their master’s degrees in development-related areas.

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Table of Contents

  1. Host Universities
  2. Programs
  3. Eligible Countries
  4. Application Process
  5. Eligibility Criteria
  6. How to Apply
  7. Selection Process
  8. Scholarship Benefits
  9. FAQs
  1. Host Universities

There are 27 host universities in the USA, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan.

  • Programs

There are 52 Participating Master’s Programs related to development including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management under the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.

  • Eligible Countries
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Guinea – Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iran, Islamic Rep.
  • Jordan
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshal Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepla
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor – Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela, R B
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Application Process

To accommodate the academic calendar of the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, the application process will be organized in two different rounds which are as follows: – Application Window # 1: 15 January 2024 to 29 February 2024 (12:00 noon EST) in the following degrees/universities:

  • Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins
  • MSc Conflict, Security, and Development at the University of Birmingham
  • Master of Development Practice at the University of California – Berkeley
  • Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Application Window # 2: 25 March 2024 to 24 May 2024 (12:00 noon EST) in the following degree/universities
  • Australian National University
  • Master of Climate Change
  • Master of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Master of Environmental Management and Development
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam – I H S
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development – Urban Digital Transformation and Innovation: Governance and Economics of Cities
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development – Urban Housing and Land Justice: Equitable Access to Sustainable Land, Housing and Services
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development – Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change: Integrated Management of Land, Water, and Air
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development – Strategic Urban Planning and Policies: Managing Socio-Spatial Dynamics for Sustainable Cities
  • Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government
  • Master of Public Administration in International Development
  • IHE Delft Institute
  • MSC in Water and Sustainable Development – Water, Food and Energy Track
  • MSc in Water and Sustainable Development – Water Hazards, Risks and Climate Track
  • MSc in Water and Sustainable Development – Water and Health Track
  • MSC in Water and Sustainable Development – Water Resources and Ecosystem Health Track
  • Keio University
  • Master in Taxation Policy and Management
  • London Scholl of Economics
  • MSc Developmental Management
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
  • Saitama University
  • International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • SOAS University of London
  • MSc International Finance and Development
  • Stanford University
  • MSc in International Policy
  • University Clermont – Auvergne – FERDI
  • Master in Economic Policy Management
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Urban Design (MUD)
  • University of Leeds
  • Master of Public Health (International)
  • MSc Sustainable Cities
  • MSc Water Sanitation and Health Engineering
  • MSc Sustainable Food Systems and Foods Security
  • University of Oxford
  • Master of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government
  • MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies at the Department of International Development
  • University of Sussex
  • MA Environment, Development, and Policy
  • MA Food and Development
  • MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
  • MA Migration and Global Development
  • University of Tokyo
  • Master of Public, International Program at Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP)
  • International Program on Agriculture Development Studies at Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences   
  • University of Tsukuba
  • Master’s program in Economic and Public Policy
  • Yokohama National University  
  • Infrastructure Management Program (IMP), Institute of Urban Innovation, Yokohama National University
  • Eligibility Criteria

The candidates from eligible developing countries must fulfil the requirements mentioned below: –

  • The applicant must be national of developing country mentioned above.
  • The applicant does not hold a dual nationality.
  • The applicant must be in good health.
  • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s or equivalent degree completed at least 3 years prior to the application deadline.
  • The applicant must have at least 3 years paid employment record since earning the bachelor’s or equivalent degree.
  •  The applicant must be on or before the scholarship, be admitted unconditionally for the coming academic session to at least one of the participating master’s program located outside of the applicant’s country of residence.
  • The applicant must not be an Executive Director.
  • The applicant has previously applied for this scholarship but declined it.
  • How to Apply
  • The applicants are required to submit one online application.
  • 29 February 2024 is the application deadline for the Windows 1 program.
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • One complete application form, which includes proof of employment, admission letter, etc
  • Selection Process
  • The selection process takes place by considering four main factors and the degree program chosen. The four factors are 30 % professional experience, 30% professional recommendation, 30 % commitment to the country of citizenship, and 10% educational background.
  • Scholarship Benefits
  • Visa application fee
  • Support to scholar’s family member
  • Trainings / courses
  • Research expense
  • Educational equipment such as laptops, desktops, etc
  • Resident permit expense 
  • FAQs
  • Which programs are available under this scholarship?

Master’s Program mentioned above are available under this scholarship.

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