Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020 for developing countries Nationals (Fully Funded)

Plazo de solicitud: abril 11th 2019

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


En términos generales, los ciudadanos de los países en desarrollo deben:

  • Ser ciudadano de una País en desarrollo miembro del Banco Mundial;
  • No tiene doble ciudadanía de ningún país desarrollado;
  • Estar bien de salud;
  • Tener un título de licenciatura (o equivalente) obtenido al menos 3 años antes de la fecha límite de la solicitud;
  • Tener 3 años o más de experiencia laboral reciente relacionada con el desarrollo después de obtener un título de Bachelor (o equivalente);
  • 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 programas preferidos del máster universitario 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.

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.

Beneficios de becas

La beca JJ / WBGSP proporciona al destinatario los siguientes beneficios:

  • 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.

Tenga en cuenta que todas las becas JJ / WBGSP cubren la duración del programa de posgrado o dos años, lo que sea menor.

La beca JJ / WBGSP no cubre:

  • Costo (s) de la aplicación VISA
  • Gastos para traer y / o apoyar a los miembros de la familia de un escolar;
  • Cursos extracurriculares o capacitación;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • Entrenamiento de idiomas no proporcionado por el programa de posgrado;
  • Viajes adicionales durante el curso del programa de estudio;
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Equipo educativo como computadoras.
  • Resident permit fee

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

Proceso de Selección

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. Calidad de la experiencia profesional (30% de peso)
  2. Calidad de las recomendaciones profesionales (30% de peso)
  3. Calidad del compromiso con su país de origen (30% de peso)
  4. Antecedentes de calidad de la educación (10% de peso)

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.

Cómo aplicar

Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:

See our Announcements posted on the right side of this website for upcoming calls for scholarship applications for developing country nationals to study at one of our partner master programs, as these calls are announced on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship (.xlsx 15 KB) must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). Inquiries on how to submit an admission application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university.

After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a short list of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship. View the lista completa de JJ / WBGSP Partner (.xlsx 15 KB) grados de maestría ofrecidos.

Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Beca del Programa Preferido(.xlsx 49 KB) must apply directly and be admitted unconditionally to one or more of the Preferred Program(s) before submitting a JJWBGSP scholarship through an open call typically announced within the first two months of a calendar year. The next call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to one of our Preferred Programs is scheduled to open in March 2019. Ver the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx 49 KB) Maestrías actualmente ofrecidas.

Para más información:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020


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