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World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for Developing Countries 2021 (Fully Funded)

Good news for those who are seeking for the Japan/world bank scholarships program for graduate (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain 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.

World Bank Scholarships Program
@Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program for Developing Countries 2021 (Fully Funded)

Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 48 Participating Programs at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 48 programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2021.

The Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program has started already, therefore hurry up and apply before the deadline. You will find out when the application will close for developing country nationals below this content.
After earning your degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.

One thing you need to learn before you can apply for the world bank masters scholarship program;

  • check if you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Learn how to apply for particular scholarships.
  • Make sure you read the instruction on how and when to apply.
  • Select the process and learn how to apply
  • Check the scholarship benefits when applying.

We will help you to list out who is eligible to apply, how to apply and the process to apply.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:
  • There are 79 national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
    1. Afghanistan
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Benin
    4. Bhutan
    5. Burkina Faso
    6. Burundi
    7. Cabo Verde
    8. Cambodia
    9. Cameroon
    10. Central African Republic
    11. Chad
    12. Comoros
    13. Congo, Dem. Rep.
    14. Congo, Rep.
    15. Cote d’Ivoire
    16. Djibouti
    17. Dominica
    18. Eritrea
    19. Ethiopia
    20. Fiji
    21. Gambia, The
    22. Ghana
    23. Grenada
    24. Guinea
    25. Guinea-Bissau
    26. Guyana
    27. Haiti
    28. Honduras
    29. Iraq
    30. Kenya
    31. Kiribati
    32. Kosovo
    33. Kyrgyz Republic
    34. Lao PDR
    35. Lebanon
    36. Lesotho
    37. Liberia
    38. Libya
    39. Madagascar
    40. Malawi
    41. Maldives
    42. Mali
    43. Marshall Islands
    44. Mauritania
    45. Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
    46. Mozambique
    47. Myanmar
    48. Nepal
    49. Nicaragua
    50. Niger
    51. Nigeria
    52. Pakistan
    53. Papua New Guinea
    54. Rwanda
    55. Samoa
    56. Sao Tome and Principe
    57. Senegal
    58. Sierra Leone
    59. Solomon Islands
    60. Somalia
    61. South Sudan
    62. St. Lucia
    63. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    64. Sudan
    65. Syrian Arab Republic
    66. Tajikistan
    67. Tanzania
    68. Timor-Leste
    69. Togo
    70. Tonga
    71. Tuvalu
    72. Uganda
    73. Uzbekistan
    74. Vanuatu
    75. Venezuela, RB
    76. West Bank and Gaza
    77. Yemen, Rep.
    78. Zambia
    79. Zimbabwe
  • 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.
    • Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline.
    • Please see FAQs on how to count qualified part-time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics.
    • The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.
  • 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 participating 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.
  • 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.

Please Note:

All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.

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How to Apply

Applicants can apply for scholarships to one of the Participating Programs. :



The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship will open on March 22, 2021, a Guidance for the 2021 call for applications, including the calls:

  • Instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided in the Application Guidelines, FAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Participating Programs. Master Degrees currently offered.
  • Inquiries on how to submit an admission application to a Participating program should be submitted to the respective university. All applicants to the JJ/WBG will need to have an unconditional offer of admission from a participating program to be eligible to apply.
  • Once you understand the application requirements and processes, then kindly visit HERE and sign up to apply, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to learn how to access and navigate the online application.

Selection Process

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  1. Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
  2. Recommendations (30% weight)
  3. Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  4. Education Background (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application.
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the Participating Program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee’s approval.

World Bank Scholarships Program Benefits

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • 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, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note:

All JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:
  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.
  • Resident permit fee

Important Note:

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.

Application deadline:

The application will close on May 21, 2021, for developing country nationals.

World Bank Scholarships Program website:  Here.

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