The mission of the World Bank Group is to reduce poverty and improve living standards through sustainable development and investment in people. The World Bank Institute (WBI) is at the forefront of the Bank’s efforts to promote learning and deliver to the stakeholders, the best thinking and experience emerging from around the world on issues crucial to reform and socio-economic development. JJ/WBGS Program: Scholarships and Fellowships
Through its management of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) and the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM Fellowships), WBI supplements its training programs by providing opportunities for graduate study to promising professionals from developing member countries.
The objective of the Scholarship and Fellowship Programs is to help create an international community of highly-trained professionals working in the field of economic and social development. The community will actively participate in the capacity building efforts in the developing countries.
Respective candidates are encouraged to carefully go through both the JJ/WBGSP and RSM Fellowships and review the eligibility criteria. For the JJ/WBGSP Regular Program and RSM Fellowships candidates apply directly to the Secretariat at the World Bank Headquarters. For both the Partnership Programs the respective host universities should be contacted.
* Applicants are strongly encouraged to use our on-line application form available in English, French, or Spanish
* If applicants are unable to apply on line, pdf files can be downloaded from this website
Please note that applicants are encouraged to seek admissions in institutions listed in the website under Preferred Universities 2010-2011.
Paper copies of completed applications and all required supporting documents should be sent to:
The World Bank
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
1818 H Street, NW – MSN J2-204
Washington, DC 20433
Applications sent by fax or e-mail are not accepted.
The application together with ALL supporting documentation must be received in the Scholarship Program Office by the deadline of March 31, 2010. Applicants should make the necessary provision to ensure receipt of their application package before the deadline. The program Secretariat is not responsible of any possible delay in mail delivery.
Due to the large volume of paperwork handled by the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat, it is not possible to respond to telephone or mail requests regarding the status of applications.
APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF RESULTS BY THE END OF JULY 2010.
This application form is not valid for the English-language Programs in Japan, Partnership Programs, or the Japanese Nationals Program. For more information about these other programs, please use the links above or those in the left-hand navigation.
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent. The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic program is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds. There is an absolute two year maximum limit on JJ/WBGSP awards.
The scholarship provides benefits for the recipient only, covering:
* economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
* tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university;
* a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:
* expenses for the scholar’s family
* extra-curricular courses or training
* language training
* additional travel during the course of the study program
* additional expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, or participation in workshops, seminars, or internships while at the host university; or
* educational equipment such as computers
* The scholarship award is valid for the academic year immediately following the offer of award and cannot be deferred for any reason.
* The amount of scholarship may vary depending upon the host country and the tuition charged by the host university. In recent years the annual value of a scholarship has averaged around US$35,000.
* The JJ/WBGSP scholarship only supplements, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship the scholar might have. Scholars must inform the JJ/WBGSP if they have other sources of scholarship funds. The JJ/WBGSP stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the Program has evidence of additional sources of support.
Applications are usually available as:
* on-line application form presented in English, French, and Spanish
* pdf files that can be downloaded from JJ/WBGSP website
We encourage you to use On-line Application Form (in English, French, and Spanish), if you have access to the JJ/WBGSP website. It will allow you to verify your basic eligibility criteria. And if you submitted your information successfully, it will also accelerate the process of your Application.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the application along with ALL supporting documentation including an admission letter to a master’s degree program in ONE PACKAGE.
Any change of the original formatting of the application is not acceptable and the application will not be processed.
Applications sent by fax or e-mail will not be processed.
* Requests for application materials and completed applications for all English-language Programs in Japan should be directed to the respective university.
* Applicants interested in applying for one of the Partnership Programs must apply directly to the partner university.