The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to professionals with relevant experience who are applying for a master’s degree within the development field. The JJ/WBGSP will cover many of the costs that come with studying abroad and in return recipients commit to returning to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

How much is the scholarship?

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship will cover tuition fees, air tickets and health insurance. JJ/WBGSP scholars will also receive a monthly amount to contribute towards living expenses and a travel allowance. 

Am I eligible?

The JJ/WBGSP opens a call period each year, during which applicants can apply for the scholarship. The eligibility criteria will be provided in the application guidelines for the particular call that you are applying for.

Broadly speaking applicants must:

  • Be national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship with a developed country;
  • Be of sound health;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree which was obtained at least 3 years prior to the application deadline;
  • Have 3 or more years of work experience in a development related field which was completed after receiving the bachelor’s degree;
  • Have an unconditional offer for at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred or partner master’s degree programs.

When is the deadline?

IHS academic deadline for scholarship applicants

30 April 2021

JJ/WBGSP application deadline (2021 intake)


22 March - 21 May 2021

Expected selection outcomeJuly/August 2021

How do I apply?

To apply for a JJ/WBGSP preferred program scholarship you will need to hold an unconditional offer for a master’s program at one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred or partner programs. IHS’s Master of Science in Urban Management and Development is stated on the JJ/WBGSP list of preferred programs.

Applicants must complete the JJ/WBGSP scholarship online application form, attaching two professional references and the unconditional offer from the program they intend to study.

Please note that all documents must be submitted through the online application form and any documents sent through other means such as via email or post will not be considered. Applicants who send more than one scholarship application will be disqualified. Applicants who have applied for more than one master’s course must chose just one course to apply for the scholarship with.  

Detailed information regarding the application procedure, eligibility requirements and guidelines will be available on the World Bank website.   

How do I find out more?

To find out more about this scholarship please read the World Bank Scholarships information page. 

You may also find our Master of Science in Urban Management and Development and scholarships articles useful.

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