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World Bank Scholarships Programme

The World Bank Scholarships Programme aims to contributes to the World Bank Groups’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world. The programme has helped trained over 6,000 students which aids in acquiring professional experience harnessed toward transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

Scholarships’ Categories

The World Bank Scholarships Program offers two sources of funding for graduate studies in development-related fields for mid-career professionals and researchers. These are:

  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP): Since 1987, JJWBGSP has enabled more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from developing countries and Japan to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields. On an annual basis, the Government of Japan solely funds the JJWBGSP.
  • Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP): Since 1982, this fellowship program has enabled PhD candidates from developing countries to undertake research at institutions abroad. Fellowships are for 6–10 month periods and can be up to $25,000. The RSMFP was established with funding from the World Bank and the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia.

However currently ongoing is the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP).

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

The scholarship open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.   

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JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 30 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 10Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Africa and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

Eligibility

  • 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 prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

Application Procedure

The application for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is to be done online via the official scholarship website. To find more and kick-start application for the scholarship see – Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.

Application Deadline: 23rd April 2020, noon, Washington D.C time (Eastern Standard Time/EST).

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